Ready to Measure: Phase Two Ambitions

Realizing the ambitious promises made by the 17 Sustainable Development Goals – including Goal 5 on gender equality – will require a serious commitment to the collection and use of more and better gender data. Through the new “Ready to Measure: Phase II” report and gender data query tool, we aim to contribute to this.

Tom Orrell

TOM ORRELL Senior Advocacy Advisor – Joined-up Data* Tom joined Publish What You Fund in September 2015 as Senior Advocacy Advisor for the Joined-Up Data Standards (JUDS) project, run jointly with Development Initiatives. Tom’s experience lies in the links between the development and humanitarian, Internet and open data policy and human rights sectors. He has…

Lessons from the 2015 Open Data Inventory

The recently released 2015 Open Data Inventory (ODIN) assessed the openness and coverage of official statistics for 125 countries in 20 data categories. Only 7% of the categories got full points for data coverage, and no category in any country got full points for data openness. But there are ways National Statistical Offices (NSOs) can readily improve this.


Open Data Watch is a not-for-profit, non-governmental organization* dedicated to making high-quality data open and available in all countries and development agencies. ODW was founded by three development data specialists who not only know how powerfully transformative freely available data can be, but who have the experience and knowledge to help translate vision into best practice.…

A Pivotal Moment in Addis Ababa

Representatives of the international community met in Addis Ababa (12-16 July 2015) for the Third Financing for Development Conference. This meeting is a pivotal moment for the post-2015 agenda and the Data Revolution for Sustainable Development.

Costing the Data Needed for New SDGs

Developing a clear estimate for the scale of resources needed for the statistical capacity of countries to produce the needed data for the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is critical. Up to now, it has been a guessing game to a large extent, but now a team of development data experts has done a comprehensive assessment.