Data must be available and accessible to help meet development challenges faced around the world. National statistical systems have an obligation to provide open and complete data. A founding purpose of ODW was to serve as an independent partner to support countries’ data work and to monitor progress in addressing gaps.

The Open Data Inventory (ODIN) was created as a practical tool to measure the coverage and accessibility of official statistics. The success of the ODIN model has led to it now being adapted for sector-specific assessments, such as gender data.

Assessing and monitoring the coverage and openness of official statistics

To ensure national statistical systems meet their obligations to provide open and complete development data, the world needs independent authorities to monitor their performance. Open Data Inventory (ODIN)  provides annual assessments of the coverage and openness of official statistics in countries around the world. The ODIN methodology is transparent, reproducible, and consistent with international standards. Since launching the first assessments in 2015, Open Data Watch has expanded efforts through direct engagement with NSOs. Through this direct engagement, objective assessments are transformed into practical policy and technical advice.
Based on demand from organizations focused on specific sectors, Open Data Watch is adapting the ODIN model into sector specific assessments. Ongoing work on an assessment tool for gender data and ODIN Gender Data Index (OGDI) are prime examples.


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This short video offers an overview of the Open Data Inventory (ODIN). It covers the importance of monitoring the coverage and openness of official statistics as well as explains what ODIN does and how to use it.



An introductory video to 2018/19 ODIN results is below:

Measuring the effectiveness of development data indexes and tools

Reliable data is needed to inform efforts and monitor progress—whether it be for social, economic or environmental issues. Different indexes and tools exist to help identify and address gaps in current data. ODW supports many of these indexes and tools. Not only is ODIN used as a component of # other indexes and tools, but ODIN research also identifies opportunities for improvement across many others.
The Better Measurement and Monitoring of Data for Development identifies similarities and differences in concept and coverage across twelve widely used performance indexes and assessment tools. This helps inform the development of new indexes and tools as well as adjustments in existing ones. Open Data Watch contributes to conversations around how to measure data use and supports increasing the use of gender data through calling for improvements to the quality and transparency of women’s economic empowerment and gender equality indexes.


Open Data Watch – Our Story in 2022

As 2022 comes to a close, Open Data Watch (ODW) reflects on what has been achieved and what is left to be done to support open data for development, better data governance, fewer data gaps, and more impactful data use to improve people’s lives.worldwide — all eight billion of them.

Climate Change Data: Playing by the Paris Rulebook

To make progress on climate change, countries need to know how to measure their goals and spur innovation in both the collection and use of climate change data.

Advancing Gender Data and Statistics in Africa

What progress has been made since 2019 when the Gender Data Network was created in response to research showing huge gaps in gender data availability in Africa? This report provides an update.