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Collecting more data, more frequently, and making this data useful to policy makers and the general public, requires innovation – innovation in how data is produced, how data is interpreted, how is it communicated to policy makers and the general public. There are a number of innovative approaches being explored within and across sectors, such as the Nigeria MDG Information System which uses mobile platforms to map essential service facilities. However, there have been few systematic efforts to map such innovations and to integrate them into national and international monitoring mechanisms.

SDSN’s Thematic Network on Data for Sustainable Development aims to identify and catalogue innovations that can be used to bolster official statistical systems and to produce higher quality, higher frequency, and more disaggregated data. Working with the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development, we will also seek to improve the openness and accessibility of public and private data so that both governments and citizens have the information they need to make informed decisions and to monitor progress.

 

Additional reading:

The Data Revolution for Sustainable Development – by Professor Jeffrey Sachs with Professor Enrico Giovannini, Robert Chen and Shaida Badiee – Co-Chairs of SDSN’s Thematic Network on Data for Sustainable Development

Data for Development – by Professor Jeffrey Sachs