ADAPT: a tool to help NSOs adjust to changing data demands

PARIS21 has developed the Advanced Data Planning Tool (ADAPT), an innovative web-based planning tool for national statistical offices to adapt their data production to the priority data needs from policy makers.

What it does

ADAPT helps data producers in the national statistical system consult and chart the priority data demanded vis a vis their current data productions. ADAPT helps to identify gaps in data production, and helps visualize duplication in data production between different agencies. ADAPT also helps understand how existing data can be repurposed to meet different needs, for instance between indicators demanded for the SDGs and for the National Development Plan, of for a sectoral policy – health for instance. By capturing information on planned surveys, ADAPT helps identify the data which will likely be produced, and those who will not. ADAPT offers various reporting functionalities and visualizations, which make it a necessary tool to support the design of annual or multi-annual work programs for data agencies, including NSDS.


ADAPT assists in the national consultative process of defining a monitoring framework for development. It allows registered users to provide input into the national monitoring logframe and guide the planning process. Users can browse through already produced indicators, by sector, by monitoring logframe, or by data agency. Information such as data availability, reporting frequency and dissemination is kept for each indicator and shared with development partners.


ADAPT’s Costing Module provides solutions for statistical agencies interested in systematically estimating the cost of undertaking data collection operations. It provides quick estimations for long-term planning as well as programme-specific detailed budgeting. It also tracks financial commitments for data collection operations. While the current version of ADAPT 1.0 provides basic costing functionalities, more advanced functionalities will be released with version 2.0 in August 2018.


Charting helps develop a data work plan, an agency develops a road map for achieving a data revolution for sustainable development.

Charts allow visualize gaps such as:

· Data gaps between two demands frameworks

o How much of SDG indicators repeat the indicators needed to monitor the National Policies?

· Data gaps between the data demanded and the data currently produced

· Data planning gaps between what is currently planned for the future and what should be planned to respond to the needs

· Capacity gaps for a data producing agency

· Financing gaps for a data producing agency


How it works

ADAPT is a web-based planning tool developed and supported by PARIS21, and a network of partners. It is a consultative tool that brings data stakeholders together defining the measurement context within an indicator framework for monitoring development such as the SDGs and national, sectoral and sub-national development plans.

National Indicators by various classifications

Scheduling field operations

Financing panel for managing inputs

Cost allocation of surveys to their cost areas

Identifying financial gaps


Where we are now

ADAPT is currently being used in several countries for data planning activities, such as NSDS design. ADAPT is available in multiple languages and is supported by training resources. ADAPT has been endorsed by UNSD as an SDG readiness assessment tool for their ongoing project. 

Countries currently using ADAPT:

  • Cambodia
  • Cameroon
  • Costa Rica
  • Mongolia
  • The Philippines
  • Rwanda
  • Tanzania

Countries being introduced to ADAPT in 1st quarter of 2018:

  • Bolivia
  • Cape Verde
  • Ecuador
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Lao PDR
  • Nepal
  • Sao Tome and Principe

Next steps include:

· November 2017: release of ADAPT version 1.0.1 with enhanced reporting and charting functionalities.

· February 2018: release of ADAPT version 1.1 with enhanced data inventory functionalities and e-learning platform.

· August 2018: release of ADAPT version 2.0 with enhanced costing functionalities.

For further information about ADAPT, please contact PARIS21@oecd.org