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  • Government of Nepal Uses AMP Data to Set New Aid Policies | Development Gateway
    as well as a series of recommendations for better targeting future development assistance This year AMP s GIS module created through the USAID HESN supported AidData Partnership was also used by the Ministry to create a series of maps about aid flows in major sectors Nepal s Development Cooperation Policy launched in 2014 featured prominently in the report and the Ministry used AMP data to elaborate on some of the key pillars of this policy For example The analysis of AMP data showed that Nepal was over crowded with small projects scattered among various implementing agencies It was found that there were more than 500 projects averaging US 2 million per project and development partners engaged with up to 9 line ministries in average As a testimony of the effectiveness of the intervention the analytical information generated through the Aid Management Platform AMP has come handy in producing an evidence based Development Cooperation Policy The policies influenced through AMP data include the threshold of aid amount division of labour among development partners and preference of aid modality among others DG prides itself on building high quality software tools But as a nonprofit dedicated to the common good we re mostly

    Original URL path: http://www.developmentgateway.org/2015/04/21/government-of-nepal-uses-amp-data-to-set-new-aid-policies/ (2016-02-15)
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  • Mapping the Marginalised: Leaving no one behind in Kibera | Development Gateway
    location of medical facilities education location of schools water location of water points and sanitation locations of pit latrines sewers The data includes the geospatial location of the service and extra information such as hours of operation and fees charged As this socio demographic data will constantly change the Map Kibera platform uses OpenStreetMap and open editable map of the world which allows for data to be updated and corrected through crowdsourcing meaning maps can be kept up to date Map Kibera also goes a step further integrating with community news its members report on platforms like Voice of Kibera and Humans of Kibera The social service delivery information gathered is also made available accessible and interoperable with official data such as Kenya Open Data datasets The data collected present the most complete demographic and physical view of Kibera they re high quality accurate and timely Because they are generated by both on the ground surveying and crowdsourcing they are largely representational of residents in the slum And they are also now starting to drive change and this is the exciting part Recently the team partnered with GroundTruth Initiative and Development Gateway on a project to create an interactive database of every school in Kibera Open Schools Kenya More than 350 informal schools serving the settlement are now mapped and government is taking notice since for the first time it is clear just how many students are missing out on the government promise of free primary education There are now efforts underway to plan new public schools to better serve the community Meanwhile others like UNESCO and private donors are already using the schools information to better target resources such as teacher trainings donations of items assistance in school construction and more Nyamweya Ngare a parent at Olympic Primary School

    Original URL path: http://www.developmentgateway.org/2015/10/06/mapping-marginalised/ (2016-02-15)
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  • Designing a Human-Centered Data Revolution | Development Gateway
    quality and appropriate data as well as an agile and adaptive programmatic approach could make a world of difference in real time decision making and program and policy impact From allocating resources to evaluating programs to creating policies having a well defined and maintained data can move us from monitoring to driving progress Data for whom Communicating the right data through the right presentation method is a challenge Those designing data sets and standards must often juggle the needs of many potential audiences These balancing acts often result in unwieldy datasets that combine valuable data with noise in the form of marginal value fields requested by a small minority that limit usability These fields are then often left unpopulated by data publishers reducing the value of an entire dataset Identifying the core needs of data users will allow the development community to focus on quality and completeness of those fields first creating a usable and useful dataset Understanding data use For data to move us toward the SDGs it must be used and used well Throughout the MDG era investments in data and open data soared But creating cultures of and incentives for data use has only recently become a priority of the development data community Recent research has begun to disseminate lessons learned on the impacts and uses of open data Upcoming DG research aims to add lessons on the use and creation of results data and to rigorously test programs that attempt to increase data use among country governments and other stakeholders A final piece of this puzzle would be better understanding the role and effectiveness of open data intermediaries in disseminating data driven products broadly and inclusively Quality not quantity Last but not least data that are wrong incomplete or out of date do no good for

    Original URL path: http://www.developmentgateway.org/2015/09/18/designing-human-centered-data-revolution/ (2016-02-15)
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  • Data Sharing: Access, Language, and Context All Matter | Development Gateway
    so many haystacks I am often asked to track down datasets by various colleagues and partners because I know where to find things This is a symptom of a global data system that i is fragmented and disorganized ii has data portals with poor user experience design that intimidate and turn away users and iii too often requires emailing the right person and calling in favors for data that are not open and free As Carl Cullinane of LSE said There s a big difference between open and accessible data To bridge this gap we need better ways of curating data as a community better human centered designs of portals and more time spent thinking of how and where users of all levels of expertise will access information Once data are accessed clear and open licenses are needed to authorize its use Language humans read data too JSON and XML are great formats for data to be interoperable and shareable between systems APIs fuel innovation by reducing transaction costs in establishing new portals and visuals that re use existing data sources But these formats are largely incomprehensible to 99 of potential data users Civil society and government staff who often have excellent analytical skills are perhaps more excluded by data that are only available in JSON or XML than by data locked up in PDFs So keep your JSON and XML they are critical to fueling innovation in the civic tech space but make sure CSVs are available as well Additionally the actual language of the data matters publishing data in English for Francophone or Spanish speaking countries simply won t do Context the meaning of x As datasets proliferate it is critical to know which data can be used together which fields are comparable and what data are appropriate

    Original URL path: http://www.developmentgateway.org/2015/09/15/data-sharing-access-language-context/ (2016-02-15)
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  • Turning Goals into Reality | Development Gateway
    from discussing what the Sustainable Development Goals SDGs will be to how we can ensure that those goals are realized Whatever the final indicators may be key to their success will be ensuring those involved in implementing related programs and policies not only have the right data but also the ability to use that information Results data information about indicators outcomes and impact will be particularly relevant in this post 2015 context We re proud to announce a new initiative seeking to improve the quality and utility of results data for more effective development interventions Through a series of in country studies and quantitative crosswalks we seek to develop a series of recommendations and action steps that can make results data more useful and shareable for increased efficacy As always Development Gateway will continue to co create innovative tools and processes to leverage data for impactful outcomes This month DG through the AidData Partnership will begin geo locating all development projects in Niger Making this information accessible to government and partner stakeholders through the country s Aid Management Platform will help ensure priority sectors such as health and education receive adequate funding While meeting the SDGs will require much effort

    Original URL path: http://www.developmentgateway.org/2015/09/10/turning-goals-reality/ (2016-02-15)
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  • The SDGs – What’s Your Baseline? | Development Gateway
    to look at how well the international community tracked progress towards the MDGs The UN s website on the MDG indicators provides information about how many countries have two data points for each indicator Two data points is the bare minimum to know if there has been progress towards indicator Without at least two data points we don t know whether things are improving stagnating or deteriorating The MDG database reports that there are two observations for the percentage of people living in extreme poverty for only 52 percent of developing countries For maternal mortality rates only 14 percent of developing countries have two observations How confident can we be that there has been progress towards the MDGs with so little information While it is difficult to know if progress has been made for indicators as important as maternal mortality SDG indicators are being proposed that go well beyond the ability of countries to currently produce Imagine how difficult it would be for the 86 percent of countries that don t have two observations for maternal mortality to produce indicators such as Percentage of 15 year old students enrolled in secondary school demonstrating at least a fixed level of knowledge across a selection of topics in environmental science and geoscience So the problem isn t baselines It s getting regular reliable measurements on difficult issues Truly a data revolution will be required before the SDGs in all their richness and complexity can be adequately measured The good news is that most countries now have at least one observation for most MDG indicators and many have embraced the opportunities of the data revolution We have highlighted some steps local and international actors can take to effectively monitor the SDGs and take advantage of new data innovations and use of new data

    Original URL path: http://www.developmentgateway.org/2015/09/01/whats-your-baseline/ (2016-02-15)
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  • Moving in One Direction: Technology and Transatlantic Development | Development Gateway
    the world has changed in the past two decades In 2000 only 1 out of 25 people in developing countries had Internet access Today that number has grown to 1 out of 3 people Thus technology can aid in connecting development workers giving entrepreneurs access to global supply chains and helping minorities and marginalized populations stay informed A wide variety of successful tech related initiatives already exist in emerging countries allowing aid and provisions to communities be delivered more efficiently For example the growing use of data visualizations and maps by development organizations has made vital information much easier to spread to the masses Open Schools Kenya is an online tool that allows users to look up information on over 300 schools in the Kibera region of Nairobi Platforms such as the U S Department of State s International Exchange Alumni for students of government sponsored exchange programs allows users to exchange ideas and bid for grants to implement those ideas The Global Development Lab established in 2014 by USAID seeks to expand the role of technology in providing innovative solutions to challenges within development Technology will undoubtedly continue to play a vital role in shaping the future of emerging countries In its recent release of the Sustainable Development Goals SDGs the United Nations includes building capacity for information and communications technology ICT into its overall goals In particular certain SDGs call for greater data on issues related to gender mainstreaming 5 b supporting domestic technology development research and innovation 9 b and providing universal and affordable access to the Internet in least developed countries by 2020 9 c To realize these SDGs there is still a great deal of work to be done in order to alleviate barriers in communication Whether that means creating something as high tech as

    Original URL path: http://www.developmentgateway.org/2015/08/27/moving-in-one-direction/ (2016-02-15)
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  • Blog | Development Gateway
    one would argue that we shouldn t make better use of the data that we have and it s generally agreed that visualizations can help make data more easily understood Continue reading What Will It Take To Improve the Quality and Utility of Development Results July 07 2015 Paige Kirby results data The international aid community is serious about measuring its impact Continue reading You Will Never Believe What Data Farce People Fall For June 30 2015 Taryn Davis Literacy rates are commonly tracked across the globe A foreseeable indicator to be tracked in the future as we head further and further into a data driven world will be data literacy rates Continue reading It s All About Relationships June 25 2015 Taryn Davis A few weeks ago Owen Barder took to the blogosphere to talk about what really effects change within countries and the complexity of country systems Continue reading Approaching Granularity Connecting Open Aid and Open Contracting in Timor Leste June 23 2015 Daniel Chapman aid management open data As we move toward the Data Revolution the role of data granularity and joined up data is key to informing decision making in development program allocations Continue reading You

    Original URL path: http://www.developmentgateway.org/blog/page5/ (2016-02-15)
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