data revolution

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Why statisticians should welcome the Data Revolution

Written by Bill Anderson, Data Standards and Systems Advisor at Development Initiatives. “Here are two ideas of the moment: -Monitoring the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) requires a huge investment in an international framework that delivers globally compatible statistics. -Sustainable development requires a huge investment in data collection capacity so that decision makers at national and … Continue reading

Writing about a data revolution: between rhetoric and practical action

Written by Morten Jerven, Associate Professor at Simon Fraser University. “A world that counts” is a cleverly crafted motivational manifest.  But it is not a practical roadmap towards the applying a ‘data revolution’ to the sustainable development goals agenda. I identify the main weaknesses in the report as: Conflating statistics with data; lacking a theory for … Continue reading

Bringing the data revolution to education, and education to the data revolution

Written by Pauline Rose, Professor of International Education, University of Cambridge. Calls for a data revolution are putting the spotlight on the importance of more and better data as a means to hold policymakers to account for post-2015 goals. In many ways, education has been at the forefront of approaches to measuring progress over the past 15 … Continue reading

Implementing the Post-2015 Development Agenda: Bringing Country Level Perspectives to United Nations Discussions

Written by Jenna Slotin, Deputy-Director, Post-2015 Initiative, at the United Nations Foundation. In today’s world, data form the basis of much of our lives. For those of us who work in development – nothing rings truer. Reliable and accurate data allows us to make specific policy decisions, shows us where best to focus our interventions, … Continue reading

The Eradication of Poverty is Threatened by our Dependence on Partial Data

Written by Michael Green, Executive Director of the Social Progress Imperative. Over the next 12 months the amount of aid for millions of the world’s poorest people is going to be slashed. Why? Because the countries they live in have crossed the threshold from low-income to middle-income status. The poor of Vietnam and India will still … Continue reading

Universality Post-2015 – The Good, the Bad and … the Necessary (Part I)

Written by Shannon Kindornay, Adjunct Research Professor at the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, Carleton University. She is also member of the Post-2015 Data Test team. This article originally appeared on the Post-2015 Data Test website. For just over a year I have been working with seven country teams to road test the universal post-2015 sustainable development … Continue reading

We need a ‘data revolution’ for the urban poor

Written by Paula Lucci, research fellow at the Overseas Development Institute.  Last week the UN Independent Expert Advisory Group released its report on the ‘Data Revolution’. Appointed by the Secretary-General, this group looked into how to improve existing data on sustainable development, so that when countries in the General Assembly agree a new set of … Continue reading

Delivering and Implementing the Post-2015 Agenda at the Country Level

Written by Andrew Norton, Director of Research at the Overseas Development Institute. This article originally appeared on the Post-2015 Data Test website. On 14-15 October 2014, I participated in a workshop organised by the Post-2015 Data Test, and hosted by the United Nations Foundation, on measuring and implementing the post-2015 agenda. I had the pleasure of giving the … Continue reading

Open Letter: Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights

If the Post-2015 Development Agenda is to be truly transformative, it will need to go beyond the MDG monitoring of national averages and aggregate progress, and take a forward-looking approach to new kinds of data and data sources. The driving force of the ‘Data Revolution’ should be a central focus on ‘leaving no one behind’, … Continue reading

The Power and Potential of Southern Think Tanks for the Post-2015 Agenda

Written by Rachel Quint and Sarah Lucas from the Hewlett Foundation, as part 2 of the Bringing Country-Level Realities to Global Ambitions series. This article originally appeared on the Post-2015 Data Test website. The preliminary findings of the Post-2015 Data Test, as described in Part 1 of this post,  add up to an important action … Continue reading


January 1st, 2016
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