Policy Report

Avoiding Data Graveyards: Insights from Data Producers & Users in Three Countries

Date Published

Apr 1, 2017


Samantha Custer and Tanya Sethi, Eds.



Custer, S. & Sethi, T. (Eds.) (2017). Avoiding Data Graveyards: Insights from Data Producers & Users in Three Countries. Williamsburg, VA: AidData at William & Mary.


In 2016, researchers from the AidData Center for Development Policy interviewed 200 decision-makers and those that advise them in Honduras, Timor-Leste, and Senegal. Central government officials, development partner representatives based in country, and leaders of civil society organizations (CSOs) shared their experiences in producing and using data to target development projects, monitor progress, and evaluate results. The report identifies nine barriers to the use of data and corresponding operating principles for funders and producers to make demand-driven investments in the next generation of development data and statistics.


Resumen Ejecutivo

Traduciendo la Transparencia en Acción para el Desarrollo Sustentable en Honduras


Sumáriu Ezekutivu

Uzu Dadus nian iha Kultura Orál: Haruka Dadus Dezenvolvimentu Bá Serbisu iha Timor-Leste


Note de Synthèse

Exploiter la Révolution des Données pour Alimenter la Stratégie de Développement Émergente du Sénégal

Funding: This research was conducted with generous support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Global Development Lab (through cooperative agreement AID-OAA-A-12-00096) and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.

Featured Authors

Samantha Custer
Policy Analysis

Samantha Custer

Director of Policy Analysis

Tanya Sethi
Policy Analysis

Tanya Sethi

Senior Policy Analyst

Alena Stern

Alena Stern

Senior Program Manager

Jacob Sims
Policy Analysis

Jacob Sims

Associate Director, Sustainable Development Intelligence

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