Having a plan

This is at least a plan for how we can understand activity and impact of funding for social impact. I'm unclear on whether it's possible to shrink the black box between inputs (funded activities) and outcomes (as collected by national statistics agencies) sufficiently to derive insights, but I appreciate that it is a plan.

I would like to see more plans of this nature.

Donors, results, IATI and the data revolution

What should happen next?
Donors can play an important role in this process.
Firstly, by recognising that they cannot evaluate their own  activities without data gathered in the environs of the point of  delivery by the national statistical system, they will help drive demand  for better collection and release of sub-national data in all recipient  countries. This demand will lead to an awareness of the importance of  funding initiatives aimed at improving the capacity of the national  statistical system.
Secondly, by recognising that the impact data that they require can  only be credible if it is collected independently of their own  activities, they will in turn realise the need to respect and support an  independent and sustainable national statistical system.
Thirdly, by publishing geocoded data on their activities to the IATI  standard it will be possible to compare them not only with other aid  programmes but also with domestic initiatives. This means a more rounded  assessment of development can be conducted.

On a related note, I wonder if Development Initiatives is focusing more on administrative data these days.

recently from the ED

Mobilise the power of administrative data – improving  administrative data systems at country level is a difficult but  essential job. Unless we count people – collect real-time data on the  services that are reaching them, who is being born and where, who is  dying and why – we will not be able to target the people most in need  and ensure their lives are improving. Currently 55% of the poorest 20%  of people in the world do not have their births registered. If you are  invisible to your government, it cannot target you specifically to  prevent you from being left behind. Civil registration and better  administrative data systems are essential for policymakers working at  the national and subnational level to plan, deliver, manage and monitor  the services that are fundamental to people’s lives – health, education,  water, sanitation, social protection. By improving administrative  systems disaggregated data will increase too and so will its coverage  and frequency.
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