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Avoiding Data Graveyards

April 24, 2017

200 decision-makers in three countries already shared their views. Join the discussion on April 24th to add your voice.

Governments and organizations make a multitude of decisions every day about how to allocate, monitor and evaluate development assistance. Which communities should receive scarce resources? Which programs generate the highest return on investment and should be flagged for expansion? Are development projects being delivered on time and achieving their desired results? 

Despite a seismic shift in our capacity to produce data to answer these questions and more, we know little about who uses this information, in which contexts, and why? In the report Avoiding Data Graveyards: Insights from Data Producers and Users in Three Countries, we shed light on the demand for data by development decision-makers and those that advise them in three countries – Senegal, Timor Leste, and Honduras. 

Join us April 24th for an engaging discussion about the report’s findings and implications for the sustainable development data of the future. We’ll hear reactions from leaders that fund, produce, promote, and use development data in their work. Together, we’ll look for ways to avoid data graveyards and ensure that calls for a data revolution have a greater likelihood of improving people’s lives.

Speakers include:

  • Shaida Badiee, Managing Director, Open Data Watch
  • Hector Corrales, international development practitioner
  • Samantha Custer, Director of Policy Analysis, AidData
  • Paige Kirby, Senior Engagement and Partnerships Associate, Development Gateway
  • Nancy McGuire Choi, Chief Operating Officer, Development Gateway
  • Ruth Minja, Principal Statistician, National Bureau of Statistics, Tanzania
  • David Saldivar, Policy and Advocacy Manager, Aid Effectiveness, Oxfam America
  • Tanya Sethi, Policy Specialist, AidData
  • Paul Zeitz, Director, Data Revolution for Sustainable Development Team, U.S. Department of State

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