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  • Why Does DG Use Scrum? | Development Gateway
    receiving constant feedback while keeping it in a usable state The focus is on an entire feature that will provide business value to you instead of focusing on activities like requirements design coding and testing Scrum makes our development practices visible through observation with frequent inspection and adaption There are three key roles in Scrum the Product Owner the Scrum Master and the Team The Product Owner ensures that necessary features are defined and prioritized and creates the vision for the team The Scrum Master facilitates the Scrum process and guides and motivates the team and removes impediments The Team selects the iteration goal and self organizes itself and its work then demonstrates completed functionality at the end of each Sprint Scrum has five standard meetings Daily Scrum A 15 minute daily meeting used to update the team on the previous day s progress identify any challenges or issues and discuss the upcoming day s priorities Backlog Grooming Periodic meetings to ensure that the Product Backlog see below is well organized prioritized and documented for development Sprint Planning Prior to the beginning of each sprint the team meets to select items from the Product Backlog ensure that enough time is available for items to be implemented and assign team members for each task Sprint Demo At the conclusion of each Sprint the team presents its work to the Product Owner for review and feedback Sprint Retrospective At the conclusion of each Sprint the team discusses what went well in the prior Sprint and what can be improved for future Sprints Some key concepts of organizing work in Scrum include Product Backlog The list of selected items the team will work on over the life of the product organized according to priority Sprint Backlog The list of selected backlog items the

    Original URL path: http://www.developmentgateway.org/2015/05/26/why-does-dg-use-scrum/ (2016-02-15)
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  • New DG website, now looking for feedback | Development Gateway
    bandwidth environments we hope the new site will provide visitors with a positive user experience spur conversations and better support the broader DG community Key new features include a highly interactive Reach page sleek Expertise section and a narrative style homepage As the title suggests the site is currently in Beta and we welcome feedback Responses to our User Acceptance Survey as well as messages via email or social media

    Original URL path: http://www.developmentgateway.org/2015/05/01/new-dg-website/ (2016-02-15)
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  • Come say Hi at the Innovation Fair! | Development Gateway
    and online The issues include a poverty of data we don t have the proper data to fully understand the issues and be able to track progress How can we work towards a goal of ending poverty without knowing the poverty rates along the way How can we target plan navigate and improve without the proper data to guide us While getting the data and strengthening country statistics office to collect the necessary data the next step is what I see is the more difficult one Getting planners and decisions makers to use the available data properly to guide them as they target plan navigate and improve development both at the INGO and NGO level and at the government level A recent article about the difficulties around getting good data makes the concession that there is no guarantee that better information will change the minds of governments or organizations There are so many different forces at play politics finances convenience awareness and many others The data revolution can t just be about gathering more data but about how do we make data an important part of the decision making process for all involved I ll be at the Festival s

    Original URL path: http://www.developmentgateway.org/2015/04/22/come-say-hi-at-the-innovation-fair/ (2016-02-15)
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  • Meet You in Cartagena | Development Gateway
    of high quality accessible data and demand from users who have the incentives and know how to use this information We ll be bringing these lessons to bolster the conversations in Cartagena At the Data Festival s Innovation Fair DG team members will be on hand to demonstrate and discuss our work with the Aid Management Program Open Schools Kenya and Open Contracting in Nepal All three of these case

    Original URL path: http://www.developmentgateway.org/2015/04/16/meet-you-in-cartagena/ (2016-02-15)
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  • IATI and Country Systems: Data Evaluation Methodology | Development Gateway
    and ii two AMPs Cote d Ivoire and Chad only began in 2014 This step allowed us to identify i which DPs report to IATI but not AMP and ii which DPs had significant data gaps between the two systems We considered IATI data to be desirable for AMP import where it included substantial gains over AMP in financial coverage Step 3 Assessing Data Completeness Thirdly we calculated the percentage of incomplete blank fields across the core set for each of the largest IATI reporters Particular emphasis was placed on transaction fields e g date currency transaction type value Transactions without dates cannot be imported into AMP causing IATI reporters with high rates of empty transaction date fields to be excluded from consideration This represented an initial assessment of import feasibility One key challenge was the absence of two frequently required AMP fields from the IATI standard On Off Budget Status and National Planning Objectives Step 4 Evaluating Data Timeliness Fourth using the IATI Timeliness Dashboard we determined the frequency with which publishers are updating their data Priority was given to reporters updating at least quarterly with annual reporters only being considered for inclusion if i no existing AMP data for that reporter is available or ii there is a significant increase in available financial data from IATI over AMP This step aimed to ensure that IATI data can be imported into AMP with a similar frequency to the rate at which DP country offices report to the AMP typically quarterly Step 5 Identifying Top Reporters Based upon the above criteria we selected a subset of 5 IATI reporters per country to further investigate for import into AMP As noted above the identified reporters tended to be DPs that were entirely absent from AMP although some exceptions based on extremely

    Original URL path: http://www.developmentgateway.org/2015/03/17/iati-and-country-systems-data-evaluation-methodology/ (2016-02-15)
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  • A Message from Data Intermediaries | Development Gateway
    Like many others in the data ecosystem YI defines open data as information that is digital machine readable XML or CSV format vs PDFs and free from copyright patents or other restraints But interestingly YI also discussed the problematic tendency to publish information in English thereby limiting access to non English speakers and encouraged participants to find ways to publish data in local languages Why open Behind the push for supplying data to government officials is the assumption that more information can lead to better decision making But why are civil society organizations pushing for access Because benefits of open data are well worth the fight and include Opportunities for business and innovation opening up information can allow new markets to develop around data analysis and visualization Higher citizen engagement better tools for interpreting data can make complex datasets easier for the everyday citizen to understand and react to Increased accountability analytical and visual platforms along with citizen participation can lead to more public scrutiny and calls for better results Improved project efficiency ultimately better tools for decision making and more pressure on decision makers can one hopes drive more cost effective and impactful programming Why should you care The

    Original URL path: http://www.developmentgateway.org/2015/02/26/a-message-from-data-intermediaries/ (2016-02-15)
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  • What’s next for U.S. Government aid transparency? | Development Gateway
    should be noted that USAID is not alone among USG or beyond For example under our current effort to use IATI data in country systems we have been unable to include any USG agency among the pilot list of leading IATI publishers whose data will be automatically imported into government owned aid information management systems in Burkina Faso Chad Cote d Ivoire Madagascar and Senegal This decision to omit USG data was driven far more by the overall quality of data reported by the U S than by the omission of any specific fields In practice country government users care most about a core set of less than 20 fields suggesting that USG would be best served by placing its investment in improved quality than expanded coverage Let s use the case of Senegal to illustrate a few examples of the challenges a government official or CSO staff would have with using USG data 1 Sector codes are missing from USG data 20 of the time in Senegal When specified they are provided in USG Sector Vocabularies rather than local or OECD DAC sector codes Requiring local users to convert USG sector codes into meaningful classifications for their context creates a high barrier to effective local use A look at the IATI data quality dashboard shows that across the board USG uses an inconsistent mix of its own and OECD sector classifications 2 Planned Start and End Date fields are missing from USG data for 88 of activities in Senegal and Actual Start and End Date fields are missing 32 of the time These dates represent key fields for users to understand which activities are active and when activity outputs should be completed 3 All data are reported in English only severely limiting the usefulness for a Francophone country like

    Original URL path: http://www.developmentgateway.org/2015/08/04/whats-next-us-government-aid-transparency/ (2016-02-15)
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  • From Goal to Progress: Making the Most of Data | Development Gateway
    and region by region And some researchers dispute whether the MDGs can claim credit for these gains at all What are causing these gaps in our understanding around what gains have really been made and why These gaps can in large part be traced to a dearth of good data In The Millennium Development Goals Report released by the United Nations this year data gaps remain poor data quality lack of timely data and unavailability of disaggregated data are among the major challenges to MDG monitoring In short poor or nonexistent data will keep us from quantifying the impact of many MDGs Pragmatically if the international community doesn t have the data it needs to measure MDG progress it follows that the people who fund implement and benefit from development finance probably don t have the data needed to maximize their effect For the next 15 years we must learn from our MDG experiences to meet the SDGs all 17 goals 169 targets and 300 indicators What does that mean in practice Actively incorporating lessons learned from the past 15 years into plans and programs at the local national regional and global levels A key MDG takeaway must be that timely accurate and shareable data are necessary to ensure effective innovative and concerted interventions In light of the Data Revolution movement that seeks to remedy these data gaps we suggest that particular emphasis must be placed on the following areas and use cases of data for development Data baselines without accurate knowledge of the current state of play creating achievable goals let alone monitoring and evaluation metrics becomes impossible Data collection and management collecting the right information in a way that is transparent not overly burdensome and that can be combined with other national and international datasets can support more

    Original URL path: http://www.developmentgateway.org/2015/08/19/from-goals-to-progress/ (2016-02-15)
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