webinar 2



Registration Details

Wednesday, 19 December 2018; 10:00-11:00 am ET (Washington D.C. time)




There are many steps between producing and using data for policy making and more effective governance. Most of the efforts to increase data use, historically, has been placed in opening more datasets without thought to how people measure the uptake and use of such datasets. This focus is beginning to shift with the Publish with Purpose movement and with research from Development Gateway, AidData, Open Data Watch, PARIS21, and others. The aim is to shift the focus away from promoting the importance of data use and towards taking action to measure and understand it.

This webinar will bring together speakers to discuss methods for measuring data use; efforts to increase the capacity of producers to understand users’ needs on one end of the data value chain and policy makers and citizens to use the data on the other end; and what we can learn from current initiatives focusing on measuring data use. It is important for audience members of this webinar to think critically about how the methods presented are not only intended to be programmed into statistical capacity building initiatives for national statistical offices or other data producers but how a user-centric strategy can be implemented to better understand how their own data, whether it is new research or reports, can be used.

The goal of this webinar is to connect the dots between data production and data impact by highlighting lessons learned from recent research, strategies for increasing the use of data for decision making, and good practices on understanding and measuring use.

Questions to be addressed

  • Why measuring data use is important? What is needed to better understand data use to improve data quality and trust in data?
  • What are some of quick wins that countries could take advantage of to better monitor and hopefully increase data use? What are good practices and methods for measuring data use?
  • How can different actors within the data for development ecosystem create an enabling environment to increase data use?
  • How do policy makers access and use data for decision making? What are important case studies that demonstrate how to increase and encourage data use?
  • How do we build data use into the processes, principles, and data quality assessments that guide the production side of data? 
  • What organizations or projects are working to understand and improve data use? What are the important resources they have assembled?

Featured speakers

- Eric Swanson, Open Data Watch

- Tanya Sethi, AidData

- Muchiri Nyaggah, Local Development Research Institute (LDRI)

Additional Resources

Custer, Samantha, & Tanya Sethi, eds. (2017), “Avoiding Data Graveyards: Insights from Data Producers & Consumers"” http://docs.aiddata.org/reports/avoiding-data-graveyards-report.html 

Custer, S., Rahemtulla, H., Kaiser, K., & van den Brink, R. (2016a). “From Pork to Performance: Open Government and Program Performance Tracking in the Philippines.” World Bank and AidData. July 2016. Retrieved from: http://documents.worldbank.org/curated/en/174491467602317699/Pork-to-performance-open-government-and-program-performance-tracking-in-the-Philippines-phase-two

Custer, S., Masaki, T., Sethi, T., Latourell, R., Rice, Z., & Parks, B. (2016b). “Governance Data: Who Uses It and Why?” Williamsburg, VA: AidData and the Governance Data Alliance. Retrieved from: http://aiddata.org/governance-data-report

Deirdre Appel and Tanya Sethi, (2018), “Catalyzing the use and impact of official statistics for sustainable development”, https://undataforum.org/WorldDataForum/catalyzing-the-use-and-impact-of-official-statistics-for-sustainable-development/

Development Gateway, (2017), “Increasing the Impact of Results Data”, https://www.developmentgateway.org/sites/default/files/2017-02/RDI-PolicyBrief.pdf

Geoffrey Greenwell, John Kinyua, Thilo Klein, Rajiv Ranjan, (2016), “Making Data Portals Work for SDGs: A view on deployment, design and technology”, Making Data Portals work for SDGs: A view on deployment, design and technology http://www.paris21.org/sites/default/files/Paper_on_Data_Portals%20wcover_WEB.pdf

Gurstein, Michael, (2011), “Open data: Empowering the empowered or effective data use for everyone?” https://firstmonday.org/article/view/3316/2764

Francois Fonteneau, Barbara Yael Baredes and Charlotte Mayard, (2018), “Measuring Statistical Capacity Development: A review of current practices and ideas for the future”, http://www.paris21.org/sites/default/files/2018-08/Measuring-Statistical-Capacity-Development_Web_0.pdf

Open Data Watch, (2018), “Measuring Data Use: An Analysis of Data Portal Web Traffic” https://opendatawatch.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/Measuring-Data-Use-Trifold.pdf

Open Data Watch, (2018), “Measuring Data Use: An Analysis Of Data Portal Web Traffic” https://opendatawatch.com/publications/measuring-data-use/

Open Data Watch, (2017), “The Data Value Chain: Moving from Production to Impact”, https://opendatawatch.com/reference/the-data-value-chain-executive-summary/

Open Data Watch, (2018), “Understanding the Impact and Value of Data: Ongoing and upcoming projects at Open Data Watch” https://opendatawatch.com/blog/understanding-the-value-impact-of-data/

Peter Parycek, Johann Hochtl, and Michael Ginner, (2014), “Open Government Data Implementation Evaluation” http://dx.doi.org/10.4067/S0718-18762014000200007

Renee Manorat, Ryan LeMier, Muchiri Nyaggah, Dickson Minjire, (2018), “Principles of user-centered design to improve data uptake” https://www.r4d.org/blog/4-principles-of-user-centered-design-to-improve-data-uptake/

Sethi, T., and M. Prakash. (2018), “Counting on Statistics: How can national statistical offices and donors increase use?” Williamsburg, VA: AidData at William & Mary. https://www.aiddata.org/publications/counting-on-statistics

Tim Davies, “Open Data in Developing Countries - Emerging Insights from Phase I” (Open Data in Developing Countries Working Papers, The World Wide Web Foundation, Berlin, Germany, 2014), http://bit.ly/1Lnebpj

UNECE, (2016), “Value of official statistics – interim report Note by the Task Force on the Value of Official Statistics” https://www.unece.org/statistics/networks-of-experts/task-force-on-the-value-of-official-statistics.html

World Bank, (2017), “Data for Development An Evaluation of World Bank Support for Data and Statistical Capacity”, http://ieg.worldbankgroup.org/sites/default/files/Data/Evaluation/files/datafordevelopment.pdf

Young, A., & S. Verhulst, (2016), “Open Data Impact: When Demand and Supply Meet”. http://odimpact.org/files/open-data-impact-key-findings.pdf