An enabling policy environment is a key condition for sustainable development. Even after the numerous global (such as SDGs), regional or national calls for evidence-based policy making and data-driven development planning – many developing countries still don’t have policies that are adequately informed by evidence and data. Conversely, data needs are not adequately driven by policy priorities, leading to a lack of integration between data systems and policy-processes.
Many countries also face difficulties in planning, measuring and reporting their own national indicators, and even greater challenges for the SDGs and other global/regional development frameworks. Hence NSOs and other data producers require innovative tools to help adapt their data production to the priority data needs of policy makers and to adjust data plans to different priorities.
ADAPT is exactly that tool for National Statistical Offices and other data producers to adapt their data production to the priority data needs of policy makers.
1. Enables detailed data demand and supply analysis: The figure above represents the ADAPT workflow: the arrows reflect the flow of data demand from policies and data supply from data sources – appearing as required and available indicators. The mismatch between these required/available indicators is reflected in data gaps that ADAPT addresses. ADAPT aims to align the linkage between these data gaps and data plans.
2. Monitors data plan activities, including costing & budgeting: ADAPT supports monitoring of data plans, which could be either strategic such as National Strategies for the Development of Statistics (NSDS) or operational such as statistical ‘programme of work’ of governmental organisations supporting the implementation of a sectoral policy. ADAPT also allows for detailed costing and budgeting of data planning activities.
3. Produces wide range of reports: ADAPT looks at policy and data at the systemic level, hence it can easily be used in a cross-cutting manner, or applied in the context of a specific policy, sector, administrative unit, etc.