Informing a Data Revolution

Unlocking the power of data – getting the right data, to the right people, at the right time, in the right format

When the High Level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Goals made a call for a data revolution in May 2013, the development world took notice. Across conferences, seminars, presentations, and workshops the data revolution has been described, analyzed, questioned, criticized, and not least of all, championed, The vast majority of this discussion has been valuable, but time is of the essence, and to take advantage of this momentum discussion must turn into action - action that results in better statistics, for better policy, for better lives.

The Informing a Data Revolution (IDR) Project, financed by a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), is a catalyst for such action. The overall objective of the Project is to improve the production, accessibility and use of data to support and strengthen evidence-based decision-making, identify ways in which the data needed to monitor progress on international goals and targets can be made available, and support the design and implementation of policies, programmes and projects. But what does that mean in practice?

The main output will be a Road Map for a data revolution, supporting the Post-2015 development process. This document will make the case for a data revolution in developing countries, identifying what will need to be done, how it might be implemented, and how much it might cost. The Road Map will be supported by a number of other outputs, including a review of the situation of statistical systems in developing countries and a limited number of case studies of important innovations in statistics.

Explore the main activities of the project:

Country Studies
Country Studies
Innovations
Innovations
Road-Map
Road-Map
Advocacy
Advocacy