AidData Center for Development Policy
The AidData Center for Development Policy—a joint venture of AidData at William & Mary, Brigham Young University, the University of Texas at Austin, Development Gateway, and Esri—is a member of the Higher Education Solutions Network (HESN), a partnership between the U.S. Global Development Lab at USAID and development labs at seven top universities to revolutionize global development through science and innovation. Working in partnership with USAID country missions, host governments, civil society groups, and a network of affiliated researchers, the Center pinpoints the precise geographic locations of development projects and creates new tools and methods, like geospatial impact evaluations, to derive insights from this and other high-resolution spatial data on poverty, disease, violence, environmental degradation, and governance.
Over the past six years, the AidData Center for Development Policy and its network have collaborated with 33 USAID Missions, Bureaus, and Independent Offices to develop new geospatial data systems and technologies; to strengthen capacity to use geospatial data; and to perform innovative geospatial research and analysis. Through 13 different buy-ins to the HESN program, we've conducted geospatial data collection, research, and capacity-building activities worth more than $7.1 million.
A “new” type of data for development
AidData’s next-generation measures of important development outcomes use machine learning to help policy makers overcome data gaps.
Plan B for development impact evaluations? Going remote.
New methods to predict missing geospatial data could reduce barriers to evaluating development programs in hard-to-reach areas.
Reducing the Costs and Barriers to Evaluations Using Geospatial Data: New Methods with an Application for HIV/AIDS in Cote d'Ivoire
Impact Evaluation of the Niger Participatory & Responsive Governance Project: Final Report
International Diffusion of Development Knowledge: A Field Experiment on Officials' Responses to Impact Evidence in Peru
Foreign aid and growth: A Sp P-VAR analysis using satellite sub-national data for Uganda.
Estimating Spatial Treatment Effects: An Application to Base Closures and Aid Delivery in Afghanistan
Honor among Chiefs: An Experiment on Monitoring and Diversion Among Traditional Leaders in Malawi
The Effects of Chinese Aid on State Legitimacy in Africa: Cross-National and Sub-National Evidence from Surveys, Survey Experiments, and Behavioral Games
The Political Geography of Government Projects: Evidence from +/- 40,000 Projects in Ghana
Natural resource sector FDI, government policy, and economic growth: Quasi-experimental evidence from Liberia
Decoding Data Use: How do leaders source data and use it to accelerate development?
How Transparency Affects Distributional Politics: A Field Experiment among Elected Incumbents in Malawi
Impact Evaluation of the Niger Participatory & Responsive Governance Project: Baseline Report
Escaping the Valley of Disengagement: Two Field Experiments on Motivating Citizens to Monitor Public Goods
Natural Resource Sector FDI and Growth in Post-Conflict Settings: Subnational Evidence from Liberia
Satellite-based assessment of yield variation and its determinants in smallholder African systems
World Bank Geocoded Research Release, Version 1.4.2
This geocoded dataset includes all projects approved from 1995-2014 in the World Bank IBRD/IDA lending lines. It tracks more than $630 billion in commitments for 5,684 projects across 61,243 locations.
DRC AIMS Geocoded Research Release, Version 1.3.1
This dataset includes all geocoded projects in the DRC's Aid Management Platform (AMP). It tracks over $4 billion in commitments for 256 projects across 1,750 locations between 1998 and 2014.
Nigeria AIMS Geocoded Research Release, Version 1.3.2
This dataset includes all geocoded projects from Nigeria's Development Assistance Database (DAD). This dataset tracks more than $2.1 billion in commitments for 595 projects across 1,843 locations between 1988 and 2014.
Nepal AIMS Geocoded Research Release, Version 1.4.1
This dataset includes all geocoded projects from Nepal's Aid Management Platform (AMP). It tracks over $5.9 billion in commitments for 475 projects across 20,952 locations between 1997 and 2014.
Uganda AIMS Geocoded Research Release, Version 1.4.1
This dataset includes all geocoded projects from Uganda's Aid Management Platform (AMP). It tracks more than $12 billion in commitments for 565 geocoded projects across 2,426 locations between 1978 and 2014.
Senegal AIMS Geocoded Research Release, Version 1.5.1
This dataset includes all geocoded projects from Senegal's Aid Management Platform (AMP). It tracks more than $7.2 billion in commitments for 856 projects across 2,314 locations between 1992 and 2014.
Honduras AIMS Geocoded Research Release, Version 1.3.1
This dataset includes all geocoded projects in Honduras's Aid Management Platform (AMP). It tracks over $3 billion in commitments for 379 projects across 5,028 locations between 1995 and 2014.
Timor-Leste AIMS Geocoded Research Release, Version 1.4.1
This dataset includes all geocoded projects from Timor-Leste's Aid Management Platform (AMP). It tracks more than $1.5 billion in commitments for 499 projects across 3,506 locations between 1998 and 2015.