Data Futures Hub to lead an innovative and world-leading partnership for DFID Data and Statistics

By April 26, 2019 One Comment

We are proud to have led the winning consortium for the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) International Multi-disciplinary Framework (IMDP) contract for Data and Statistics. This represents a major step forward and recognition for the Hub’s vision in bringing together different types of traditional and innovative development actors to deliver data services for sustainable development, harnessing the latest thinking and opportunities while having a deep sense of data quality issues and the data needs for evidence-based decision-making by the public and policy-makers.

The key areas of work are a great match with the Vision for the Data Futures Hub and the skills we believe should be brought together to approach data challenges in the 21st Century:

  • Supporting priority sets of statistics and systems: including essential demographic and socio-economic data (2020 Population Census Round, economic statistics; household surveys and identity systems) and specific Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) indicators.
  • Supporting National Statistical Systems: develop capacity to collate, analyse, disseminate and use statistics, utilise new opportunities and/or consolidate use of proven existing technologies provided by emerging data technologies.
  • Harnessing emerging data technologies: including identifying and using emerging data technologies (e.g. visualisation tools and applications to analyse and communicate data) and sources, (e.g. geospatial data, artificial intelligence, blockchain, crowdsourcing and platform technologies) with the power to be transformative at scale.
  • Supporting the SDGs: including systems to support data collection, tools for analysis and dissemination/visualisation and capacity to use to inform decisions.
  • Sector and/or country specific data analysis for programme and policy delivery: for example, using humanitarian microdata and summary data to triangulate sources to provide evidence for decision making and strategic planning.
  • Transparency of statistics and data: including developing tools and systems for the management of data and information to drive transparency and maximise the value of DFID data to partner governments and the development community.

Over several years, the innovative partnership will support DFID’s data and statistics related activities. DFID aims to strengthen statistics in developing countries and endorses the Cape Town Global Action Plan for Sustainable Development Data and the OECD’s 6 data actions to bridge the data gap. DFID also makes use of statistics and data to inform its own decision-making and develops tools and systems to collect, collate, analyse and report data.

The Data Futures Hub will manage a global partnership of world-leading organisations based in the developed and developing world: The University of Edinburgh (UK); GOPA Statistics (Germany); Positium (Estonia); The Development CAFE (Indonesia and Kenya); the UN Global Pulse Labs (Uganda and Indonesia); and using LTS International and NIRAS core internal global expertise.

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