The monthly resource list for February 2021 puts together content including a reading list, avenues for capacity building, and events from different stakeholders across the globe on the use of (open)data and for better service delivery in sectors such as Agriculture, Education, and Health.
- What AODN is reading this Month
PARIS 21: Data Flow Assessment Framework
National Statistical Offices need data portals to be designed to capture the validated indicators as soon as they are available in digital format for the first time in the dissemination processes. However, to reach this state, the design, and development of data portals could make effective use of a proper data flow analysis, informing their functionalities, especially considering the distinctions of handling data and associated metadata in the digital realm. The analysis will help identify areas requiring specific attention.The purpose of this guideline is to provide detailed information regarding the analysis of indicator dissemination processes in NSOs. This guideline lays out both basic and advanced work required in NSOs to set up a workflow-based, integrated dissemination solution for indicators. Read more
SCORE for Health Data Technical Package: Global report on health data systems and capacity, 2020
The SCORE for Health Data Technical Package brings together, for the first time, a set of the most effective interventions and tools for addressing critical data gaps and strengthening country health data for planning and monitoring health priorities. The package is based on five key interventions, represented by the acronym SCORE. Interventions S, C, and O focus on improving critical data sources, their availability and quality; while R and E aim to enhance the synthesis, analysis, access, and use of health data for action. Read more.
OD4D: Investing in the Innovative Use of Data to Drive Large-scale Positive Change — A Renewed Focus for OD4D III
The year 2021 looks promising for the OD4D initiative as the network continues to strengthen regional and global open data ecosystems across the world in order to spur social change, increase government transparency, and support the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda. Read more about what is coming up for the OD4D initiative here.
Planning and Implementing Household Surveys Under COVID-19
This note provides guidance on what to consider when planning to implement a face-to-face survey, partially or fully, during the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, in response to a call by countries during the third round of UNSD and World Bank survey on the impact of COVID-19 on national statistical offices (NSOs). In particular, this document focuses on considerations to help mitigate the risk of COVID-19 transmission during survey fieldwork and to maintain, to the extent possible, continuity in survey operations. The planning of the survey and the application of the recommendations in this document should be viewed as an iterative process that should be reviewed and adapted regularly by survey managers based on expected fluctuations in the COVID-19 situation. Read more.
Development Goals Can Work, Even Amid Crisis, But We Need to Measure Better
Five years into the 2030 Agenda, the use of global goals as a measurement framework for development is being tested. Despite the world being off-track on the SDGs, however, they may still offer the best option for an effective global response to COVID-19. In order to direct targeted action to the most vulnerable, data on people’s challenges must be disaggregated by gender and age, among other factors. Read more.
OGP: In Kenya, the OGP Process Provides Space to Redefine Civil Society Relations with Government
OGP opened an atypical opportunity for both government and civil society actors to proactively engage government on policy issues and thereby rebuild trust. Civil society leveraged the right to information for influence on accountability as the government showed its willingness to share previously inaccessible data. Despite the relatively low numbers of Kenyan CSOs engaged in the OGP platform, the recent From Plans to Actions report by the Local Development Research Institute (LDRI), with support from Luminate, reveals a steady and substantive increase in the number of organisations and quality of engagement. Read more.
IDRC: Evidence to address the economic and social impacts of COVID-19
As the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic continue to reverberate around the world, poverty and hunger levels in the world’s poorest nations are rising. In the world’s lower-income economies, there is a wide gap between need and ability to respond.Governments are under pressure to implement robust policies that address both immediate impacts and medium- to long-term aspirations for an inclusive and sustainable recovery, but they lack the financial means.In many cases they also lack evidence to make the best use of limited resources.Evidence is needed to support low- and middle-income countries in using the full range of policy instruments available to them to respond to the pandemic. Read more.
Underserved or Over Surveilled: Can We Strike a Balance When Regulating Tech?
In her interview with the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), Neema Iyer, the executive director of Pollicy, an expert on data governance and online safety explores the understanding of data in the African context; the intersection of gender, data, and technology; and what Africa can do to ensure safety online amid a global surge in technology development. Read more
WB Data Blog: Data-driven tools can support decision-making and improve implementation – especially in crises like COVID-19
Data are necessary to design and implement development projects. However, traditional data collection is time-consuming and expensive, and usually requires face-to-face access to respondents. Governments and development organizations can sometimes find themselves in a catch-22, with well-designed interventions being most needed in the very places where timely data are impossible to collect. To improve its ability to respond to these challenges, the World Bank has developed an innovative toolbox for rapid data collection and evidence-based policymaking. Read more
A Frictionless Approach for Statistics and SDG Indicators
Worldwide, data-oriented organizations find themselves at a critical juncture when it comes to data management as they respond to the rapid growth in the variety, volume and velocity of supply and demand for data. Statistical organizations are at the forefront of these changes. This report considers how the Frictionless framework could contribute to data management within statistical organizations such as National Statistical Agencies (NSOs) and the World Bank. It bases its findings on interviews with key staff from the Bank and two of its partner NSOs, Statistics Sierra Leone (Stats SL) and the Colombian National Administrative Department for Statistics (DANE), as well as the documentation they provided. Read more
IDS: Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition: A Literature Review and Proposed Conceptual Framework
This paper reviews the existing literature on Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition (ODAN). The review was commissioned as a background paper for a performance evaluation of the Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition programme (GODAN).Read more.
Development Gateway: The State of Data in Open Contracting
This paper presents practical solutions, namely metrics and tools, developed by the FAIRsFAIR project to pilot the FAIR assessment of research data objects in trustworthy data repositories. The metrics are mainly built on the indicators developed by the RDA FAIR Data Maturity Model Working Group. The tools’ design and evaluation followed an iterative process. We present two applications of the metrics: an awareness-raising self-assessment tool and an automated FAIR data assessment tool. Initial results of testing the tools with researchers and data repositories are discussed, and future improvements suggested including the next steps to enable FAIR data assessment in the broader research data ecosystem. Read more.
Why having COVID-19 data on men and women is critical
Given the COVID-19 pandemic, understanding and addressing the impacts of both sex and gender on health outcomes has never been more crucial. It is from this rationale that the Sex, Gender, and COVID-19 project was born.The project is a partnership between Global Health 50/50, the International Center for Research on Women, and the African Population and Health Research Center. It is currently building the world’s largest database of sex-disaggregated data on COVID-19, investigating the roles sex and gender are playing in the outbreak, building the evidence base of what works to tackle gender disparities, and advocating for practical gender-responsive approaches to the pandemic. Read more.
UNSC Side Event: Data Stewardship And The Role Of NSOs In Changing The Data Landscape (Wed,10 Feb 2021)
In the new data ecosystem, NSOs (National Statistical Offices) can broaden their mandate and play the role of data stewards at different levels and with different arrangements, to ensure the efficient utilization of all data sources while safeguarding data quality, confidentiality and security.
This High-level event will be an opportunity to expand the discussion based on the more recent experiences of national statistical offices, as the COVID-19 response has in many cases accelerated innovation and collaboration and increased the use of new methods and data sources. Register.
UNSC Side Event: Enhancing financing for development data Progress and innovations for implementing the CTGAP (Fri,12 Feb 2021)
In order to reduce data inequalities and ensure that countries can rely on resilient and agile statistical and data systems to respond to this crisis and future shocks, it is necessary to ensure that data and statistics are adequately and effectively resourced. This event, co-organized by the HLG-PCCB, UNSD and the Bern Network, will take stock of the latest developments and progress in implementing the Cape Town Global Action Plan for Sustainable Development Data (CTGAP) and the Dubai Declaration, with a particular focus on new approaches and mechanisms, for example the Bern Network’s Clearinghouse for Financing Development Data. Register.
UNSC Side Event: Building Partnership For Better Data For Sdgs: Global Network Of Data Officers And Statisticians (Thu, 18 Feb 2021)
Since its launch, the Global Network of Data Officers and Statisticians has grown to a strong global community of over 1,000 members and has facilitated information and knowledge sharing, the creation of thematic groups, the organization of webinars on building strong data ecosystems for SDGs, and much more. Moving forward, continuingly improving collaboration and coordination among data stakeholders is still needed.
This side event organized by the United Nations Statistics Division aims to bring together national statisticians, United Nations Resident Coordination Offices (UNRCOs), and other UN organizations to discuss how to build partnerships to fulfill data demand for SDGs and how to leverage the Global Network to improve collaboration and coordination. Register
UNSC Side Event: How the Data and Statistical Community Stepped Up to the New Challenges (Wed, 24 Feb 2021)
This event provides the opportunity to look at the challenge caused by the increased data demands amidst serious disruptions of statistical operations caused by the pandemic; review the responses in countries; and discuss what type of support has been effective in supporting countries over the last year. It will also offer the space to discuss how the statistical and data community can build on the experiences of responsiveness and timeliness that have characterized the work of many NSOs, to move towards strong data systems that can produce timely, quality data to serve the public good, and that are agile and resilient in a time of crises and disasters. Register.
Open Data for National Statistics: Progress and Future Plans (Wed, 24 Feb 2021)
This event aims to showcase the results of the latest report from ODIN 2020/21, as well as bring together representatives from various NSOs to discuss how they were able to achieve impressive progress in the latest ODIN. Representatives will share their successes, challenges, and future plans. Read more.
UNSC: 52nd session of the United Nations Statistical Commission
The 52nd session of the United Nations Statistical Commission will be held in a scaled-down virtual format, consisting of four two-hour informal meetings, on 1 to 3 and 5 March 2021 from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM Eastern. This decision was taken in light of the continued and ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the working arrangements for the subsidiary bodies of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).
PARIS21 Academy: Dynamic Dataviz Essentials
Dynamic Dataviz Essentials is an introductory course on the theory and the practice of dynamic dataviz offered by PARIS21 Academy. In this short course, you will have the opportunity to understand and learn the principles of dynamic dataviz, explore tools and libraries available and learn about their strengths and weaknesses, and watch a demo of D3.js.
AI ETHICS: Global Perspectives
This course is designed to raise awareness of the societal impacts of technology and to give individuals and institutions the tools to pursue responsible AI use. Intended for current and future data scientists, policymakers, and business leaders, this course contains 19 modules on topics related to artificial intelligence. Each module consists of a video lecture accompanied by additional resources such as podcasts, videos, and readings.
Unlocking value from Open Data
This session looks at how Open Data can be matched to public and private sector agendas and explores a number of examples of Open Data impact from across Europe and the world.
Open Data as an agent of change
Session Overview: This session examines the key characteristics of successful Open Data initiatives.