Gender Data Compass Charts Data Availability and Enabling Environment

The new Gender Data Compass looks at national gender data systems and their enabling environment, covering 53 key gender indicators in over 180 countries.


Data Action Plan Sets Sights on 2030

Developed by a coalition of global, regional, and national partners, 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.


Launch of BRIDGE Gender Data Assessment Tool

BRIDGE is a new data assessiment tool designed for NSOs and NSS partners to check the maturity of their gender data systems, set priorities for investments, and communicate those priorities to domestic and international sources of financing.


Introducing the Gender Data Compass

Through monitoring, research, and advocacy, the new Gender Data Compass offers practical, informed guidance for strengthening national gender data systems and gender equality policies. The Compass covers all 50 gender indicators of the Open Gender Data Index (OGDI).


Open Data Watch at the 2023 World Data Forum

Open Data Watch co-hosted or spoke at a number of sessions during the 2023 UN World Data Forum in Hangzhou, China. The events covered a broad range of topics — Data & Misinformation, Data in the Care Economy, Data Graveyards, Gender Data, and Data for the Public Good and Achieving SDGs.


ODIN 2022/23 Biennial Report Released

In a time of multiple, intersecting global challenges, quality and timely data is more important than ever. The just-released ODIN 2022-23 Open Data Inventory Report provides a comprehensive analysis of the state of open data in 192 countries worldwide.


Harnessing the Power of Open Data

Open Data Days, happening 4-10 March 2023, celebrate how open data is used to benefit communities around the world. Join Open Data Watch in supporting these initiatives to harness the potential of open data in many practical ways.


Open Data Inventory: New Results Available

The Open Data Inventory (ODIN) 2022/23 measures the coverage and openness of official statistical data in 192 countries. Latest data are now online at the ODIN website, accompanied by a summary of technical assistance and updated country profiles. See blog for overview. The full ODIN 2022/23 assessment report comes out in March.


Blog Series: UK Identifies User Needs to Improve Data Use

This case study looks at how data use of official statistics in the U.K. is promoted through a steadfast commitment to meeting users’ needs based on analysis of data use demands, data literacy training, and engagment with dedicated user and expert groups.


Blog Series: The Philippines Centralizes Data Governance

Based on the latest research into best practices by SDSN TReNDS and Open Data Watch, this case study looks at how the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) successfully centralized the data governance of major national statistical agencies to ensure that datasets are better tuned to user needs and can be efficiently used for policy and planning purposes.


Open Data Watch 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.


Blog Series: Colombia Adopts Inclusive Data Approach

Based on the latest research into best practices by SDSN TReNDS and Open Data Watch, this case study looks at how Colombia’s National Statistics Office (DANE) captures several new data dimensions to improve the visibility of minority groups in national statistics through inclusive, disaggregated data.


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,


Overcoming Data Graveyards in Official Statistics

Billions of gigabytes of data are produced daily, but valuable data often pass into “data graveyards” — lost when most needed for evidence-informed decisions on pandemics, climate change, and energy and food insecurity. This report finds best practices to improve data use and impact.


Data Portals: Steps towards an Integrated Digital Strategy

Data portals are a primary gateway for evidence-based decision-making, monitoring, fact checking, and reporting. But not all portals have the upstream data management needed to assure coverage, access and use.


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.


ODIN 2022/23 Is Underway

The upcoming Open Data Inventory, ODIN 2022/23, will include new updates that expand its global coverage from 187 to 194 countries and reinforces the importance of gender data in countries’ statistical systems.


Open Data Day 2022: Open Data to Improve the Lives of All

Without open data, informed decisions and accountability are not possible. When data are locked behind paywalls, innovation is stifled. But change is underway to improve access to data.

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2020/21 Open Data Inventory (ODIN) Annual Report

Open Data Watch launches the Annual Report of the 2020/21 Open Data Inventory (ODIN) that assesses the coverage and openness of official statistics in 187 countries. ODIN monitors the progress of open data that are relevant to economic, social, and environmental development. An Executive Summary is also available.


“Staying Up to Data” Newsletter

Our recently launched monthly newsletter highlights our latest projects, shares exciting events, and features new research and publications from the sustainable development data community.

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Bridging the Gap: Mapping Gender Data Availability in Asia and the Pacific

The latest of three regional reports, this study assesses the availability and quality of 98 gender indicators from international and national data sources that impact the status and welfare of women and girls in Asia and the Pacific


Bridging Gender Data Gaps in Latin America and the Caribbean

Building on the Africa report, this new report examines 93 gender indicators in Latin America and the Caribbean. Looking at gender data availability and impact, the report provides data for policymakers on the status, welfare and opportunities for women and girls in the region.

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Census Data Drives Decision Making

Census data not only provide a count of people in a country, but also information on variables like gender, ethnicity, and income. To better understand the impact of census data on government revenue, political representation, and public programs such as response to the current pandemic, ODW has collected key articles and resources in this special edition.

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DATA in the time of COVID-19

The current COVID-19 pandemic raises important questions about opening, sharing and using data. Learn about available datasets, dashboards, visualizations, and relevant articles on how to understand and use data to fight the spread of COVID-19 via this special edition of What’s Being Said. It is updated regularly as new items become available.


ConVERGE: Connecting Vital Events Registration and Gender Equality

With ODW and UNFPA, the Centre of Excellence for CRVS Systems at IDRC co-hosted ConVERGE: Connecting Vital Events Registration and Gender Equality – a two-day conference to inspire global commitment to integrating gender analysis to strengthen CRVS systems. Watch the proceedings. and read the conference Outcome Report.


Bridging the Gap – Country Profiles

This set of 15 country profiles is a resource for addressing gender data gaps in Africa. Presenting findings in connection with the Bridging the Gap report, the profiles provide country-specific information and highlight opportunities in each country to strengthen the availability and quality of data for 104 gender-relevant indicators.


Gender and CRVS – Brief 2

The latest Knowledge Brief in this series looks at specific barriers, solutions and actions for strengthening civil registration and vital statistics. Published quarterly by The Centre of Excellence for CRVS Systems in partnership with ODW, the series offers in-depth case studies and unpacks structural, political and social factors impacting gender data gaps, social protection, legal frameworks, and rights protections for women and girls.


Bridging the Gap

How to understand, identify, and respond to the challenge of producing policy-relevant data about the lives of women and girls? The data landscape has dramatically changed in the five years since the first Bridging the Gap report. To assess practical realities, this edition takes a deep dive into the details of data availability about women and girls in 15 countries in sub-Saharan Africa.


Gender and CRVS – Brief 1

This series of knowledge briefs looks at gender bias and barriers in civil registration and vital statistics. Published quarterly in 2019 by The Centre of Excellence for CRVS Systems in partnership with ODW, 12 papers in the 3 briefs will offer in-depth case studies, findings, and recommendations on gender data gaps, social protection, legal frameworks, and rights protections for women and girls.


Beyond the Numbers: Harnessing Data for the SDGs

In partnership with Cepei and PARIS21, Open Data Watch offers this five-part webinar series to provide an opportunity for allow development, data and policy experts as well as practitioners to interact with practitioners concerning the latest advancements in development data.


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.


The Data Value Chain: From Production to Impact

The data value chain describes the evolution of data from collection to publication to uptake and, finally, to the impact of data on decision making. While the data value chain was created for research documenting gender data impact stories, the framework can also be applied to all types of development data.


Open Data Inventory 2017 Annual Report

The Open Data Inventory (ODIN) measures the coverage and openness of official statistics published on national statistical office websites. This report shares the results of the 2017 round of assessments for 180 countries and helps identify gaps and opportunities for improvement.