Through a diverse partner network, Open Data Watch promotes data as a vital input for policies that seek to eradicate poverty, fight inequality, and promote inclusive, sustainable growth. Assisting groups of all kinds around the world to understand and respond to an ever-changing development data sector, the policy advice work of Open Data Watch advocates for increased data investments, promotes data use and impact, improves statistical capacity building efforts, and encourages strong political leadership for data. The ultimate goal of our policy advice is to strengthen statistical systems to produce better data for better policies and better lives.
Organizations working in the field of international development face a wide range of data challenges in this time of a global Data Revolution. Whether an organization seeks to improve the quality of its development data, to meet specific challenges in their daily work, or simply to better understand the constantly shifting data ecosystem, the data support work of Open Data Watch can help overcome barriers and find solutions. Through our unique experience in development data and official statistics, Open Data Watch provides special support to development data producers and national statistical offices as they face their own unique challenges.
As an independent organization dedicated to ensuring the completeness and openness of development data to maximize public good, Open Data Watch created the Open Data Inventory (ODIN). As our flagship monitoring product, ODIN assesses of the coverage and openness of official statistics in countries worldwide to help governments identify and address data gaps, notably related to sustainable development. Open Data Watch then engages with countries to turn ODIN assessments into practical policies. The ODIN model is now being adapted to sector-specific assessments and expanded to handle microdata.