DATA DISSEMINATION IN THE DIGITAL AGE
A review of data portals for official statistics in IDA-eligible countries
This new PARIS21 and Open Data Watch report is a first account of the state of data portals in national statistical offices.
Data portals form a critical link between producers and users of data; and they facilitate the use of data in evidence-based decision making. National statistical offices, supported by their international partners, have embraced data portals as a way to disseminate official data.
However, data portals need to be designed and implemented in a sustainable manner to be beneficial to end users. Currently, there is a lack of common principles and guidelines as to how these data portals should be set up and managed to guide institutions.
This report proposes a holistic method to evaluate data portals and proposes recommendations to improve their use and function by acting to:
- Prioritize a back-to-basics approach.
- Adopt a user-centric design to account for the needs of end-users
- Advance national ownership of data
- Improve upstream data management practices for a sustainable data dissemination infrastructure.
- Streamline data dissemination processes to reduce the reporting and management burden for maintaining data portals.