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Data Action Plan Sets Targets for 2030

Developed by a coalition of partner groups, the Data Action Plan 2030 was presented to the SDG Summit as a way to leverage the data revolution over the next six years to achieve Sustainable Development Goals.

Open Data Resource Guide

Open data can be powerful for informing policies, increasing transparency and measuring progress. But making data open takes commitment, organization, and technical capacity. Ahead of the upcoming Data for Policy conference, Open Data Watch offers this guide to common questions, persistent challenges, and progress to-date,

Solutions to Close Gender Data Gaps

This major report from Data2x and ODW on gender data gaps presents ways not only to identify gaps, but actually to start filling the gaps through ten specific steps using 142 innovative solutions across six development sectors.

Data Dissemination in the Digital Age

There is an increasing number of data portals, but their quality and functioning are uneven, and there is no internationally agreed framework. How can we improve data portals?

Gender Data Gaps: A Comparison of Three Regions

Drawing on the Bridging the Gap studies of 25 countries across Africa, Asia & the Pacific, and Latin America & the Caribbean, this report compares the gaps in gender data that most impact our knowledge of the status and well-being of women and girls in the three regions.

State of Gender Data Financing 2021

What exactly is the the gap between current resources and the level of financing needed to fully fund gender data systems from now until 2030? This comprensive report runs the numbers, assesses the options and suggests six areas of action for the way forward.

State of Gender Data Financing 2021 Methodology Note

This reference document details the methodology behind the “State of Gender Data Financing 2021” report by Open Data Watch and Data2X.

Open Data for Official Statistics: History, Principles, and Implentation

For data in national statistical offices to fully benefit society, they must be available to the public as open data. This report reviews the evolution of standards for open data, how standards are implemented, and what tools and models can guide NSOs in their new, expanded role as data brokers and data stewards.

ConVERGE 2020: Outcome Report

The conference Outcome Report of ConVERGE: Connecting Vital Events Registration and Gender Equality spotlights renewed global commitment to strengthening Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (CRVS) through integration of gender analysis.

Navigating the Politics of Open Data

This report highlights the main takeaways from a multi-stakeholder high-level political forum on navigating the challenges and maximizing the opportunities of making data open, accessible and properly disaggregated.

Reference Guide: Mapping the Gender Dimensions of CRVS

In support of good practices to strengthen civil registration and vital statistics (CRVS), the authors of a paper in the latest Knowledge Brief have created a reference guide identifying key gender barriers to registration of birth and deaths, and mapping supply-side issues to needed demand-side research.

State of Gender Data Financing 2019

Spanning the 17 goals, 169 targets and 232 indicators of the SDGs is a promise “to achieve gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls.” Advancing that goal touches many domains – from labor opportunities to reduced maternal mortality to increased representation in political life. This paper finds that the current gap in financing the needed core data on gender in lower-income countries is between $170M-$240M a year between now and 2030. It suggests a way to increase total funding and improve existing funding flows for higher impact.

Maximizing Access to Public Data: Striking the Balance

How can access to publicly held data be maximized while protecting privacy? This in-depth look at public-to-public and public-to-private data sharing finds that opening data should be the default, but provides guidance on taking informed decisions about what and how data should be open to ensure maximum openness, mutual trust, transparency, and protection of sensitive personal information.

CRVS Benefit Health, Children, & Governance

With growing interest in big data and data innovations, the value of traditional civil registration and vital statistics (CRVS) systems risks being overlooked. As a key data source to monitor 12 of 17 SDGs  and 67 of 230 SDG indicators, CRVS instead needs more political priority and financial  resources.

Counting on Statistics

A result of a joint project between AidData and Open Data Watch, the Counting on Statistics report examines how official statistics are being used from the perspective of 400 national statistical office officials and 650 government ministry officials in 140 low- and middle-income countries.

IODC18 Pre-Event Outcome Report

A major pre-event of the International Open Data Conference (IODC18) examines the intersection of open data, interoperability, and national reporting and dissemination platforms to maximize their combined impact for SDGs.

IODC 2018 Brochure: National Reporting for the Sustainable Development Goals

The International Open Data Conference brings together the global open data community to collaborate on the future of open data. This brochure describes the opportunities for interoperable and open data solutions for the SDGs.

Development Data Funding 2018

The funding environment for meeting the data demands of the SDGs has changed and there is now a better understanding of a couple of options for updating previous cost estimates in order to know the real funding gap for effective SDG monitoring.

The State of Development Data Funding 2016

The State of Development Data Funding (SDDF) 2016 report provides updated estimates of the cost of producing the final set of SDG indicators agreed by the Inter-Agency Expert Group on SDG Indicators (IAEG-SDGs).

Open Data to Support Sustainable Development Goals

Themed “Global Goals, Local Impact,” the 2016 International Open Data Conference (IODC16) built stronger ties for work on open data between governments, data journalists, policy makers, private companies, civil society, and activists.

Open Data to Support the SDGs

The Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data is a global network of governments, NGOs, and businesses working together to strengthen the way that data is used to address the world’s sustainable development efforts.

Aid For Statistics: 2016 Inventory of Financial Instruments

This report summarizes outcomes of a survey by Open Data Watch (ODW) of the principal organizations providing aid for statistics.

Data For Development: An Action Plan

The Data Revolution for Sustainable Development is poised to transform the way governments, citizens, and companies do business. This report provides recommendations based on an assessment of the cost of the core statistical tools needed to measure sustainable development.

Partnerships and Financing for Statistics: Lessons Learned from Recent Evaluations

To understand how a partnership can mobilize and coordinate efforts around strengthening statistics, this report offers lessons learned from 27 evaluations of statistical capacity programs.