Development Initiatives’ Data Manifesto

Development Initiatives has put together ‘The Data Manifesto’ which sets out 12 recommendations for the UN Secretary General’s Independent Expert Advisory Group on the Data Revolution.

The Manifesto sets out DI’s belief that the data revolution should be about data “grounded in real life”. This means information that gets to the “people who need it at national and sub-national levels to help with the decisions they face – hospital directors, school managers, city councillors, parliamentarians”.

it also refers to the need to disaggregate data, to show the real impact of decisions and results on the ground, something which Publish What You Fund strongly advocates for as well.

To deliver this vision, we need the following steps.

The Data Manifesto 12 recommendations are as follows:

1. Implement a national ‘Data Pledge’ to citizens that is supported by governments, private and non-governmental sectors

2. Address real world questions with joined up and disaggregated data

3. Empower and up-skill data users of the future through education

4. Examine existing frameworks and publish existing data

5. Build an information bank of data assets

6. Allocate funding available for better data according to national and sub-national priorities

7. Strengthen national statistical systems’ capacity to collect data

8. Implement a policy that data is ‘open by default’

9. Improve data quality by subjecting it to public scrutiny

10. Put information users’ needs first

11. Recognise technology cannot solve all barriers to information

12. Invest in infomediaries’ capacity to translate data into information that policymakers, civil society and the media can actually use

DI believes we need a data revolution that “sets a new political agenda, that puts existing data to work, that improves the way data is gathered and ensures that information can be used”, and argues that these 12 steps will get us there.

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