Data Revolution Group

In Brief

Aug 2014;; data for UN’s SDGs


(2014, United Nations;

Created by the Secretary General “to make concrete recommendations on bringing about a data revolution in sustainable development.” Led by >20 experts such as Jeffrey Sachs, it seeks to identify “the transformative actions needed to respond to the demands of a complex development agenda, improvements in how data is produced and used; closing data gaps to prevent discrimination; building capacity and data literacy in ‘small data’ and big data analytics; modernizing systems of data collection; liberating data to promote transparency and accountability; and developing new targets and indicators….At the heart of this agenda is an acknowledgement that timely, usable data is critical to informed decision-making, monitoring of progress, and evaluation of outcomes—especially in the context of the post-2015 development agenda.” Issued A World That Counts: Mobilizing The Data Revolution for Sustainable Development, Nov 2014; also with Executive Summary), that highlights two global challenges: invisibility (gaps in what we know from data, and when we find out) and inequality (gaps between those with and/or without information, and what they need to know make their own decisions). Recommendations to address these challenges: 1) promoting innovation to fill data gaps, 2) mobilizing resources to overcome inequalities between developed and developing countries, and between data-poor and data-rich people, and 3) leadership and coordination to enable the data revolution to play its full role in realizing sustainable development. The report is intended to support 33 post-2015 data revolution initiatives supported by the UN. [NOTE: This group appears to have fed ideas to other groups and may now be out of business. MS]

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