Rethinking how we collect, share, and use development results data.
To give government and agency leaders the information, tools, and approaches they need to base development management, policy, and planning decisions on actual results.
Launched in 2015 with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, our first task for the Results Data Initiative (RDI) was to better understand how local-level development actors actually collect, share, and use results data to inform development programs. After speaking with over 450 government officials, donor representatives, and implementer staff, we are putting our insights into action.
We will work with two country governments and three development agencies to address critical barriers to results data use. How? By creating a combination of tools, datasets, resources, and approaches to help dynamic officials in each partner institution enable results-based decisions. With our partners at the Results for Development Institute, we are implementing an innovative joint learning approach to drive this program, ensuring our work meaningfully influences the actions of leading development actors.
The Latest Results Data Stories
This post builds upon a DG contribution to the 2017 OECD Development Cooperation Report, launched on October 17, 2017.
All too often, discussions about managing for results in development fail to specify who is managing, what decisions they are authorized to make, or what results data are being used. Identifying the who and whats is critical, as this decision space informs what types of tools, processes, and information are needed by decision-makers to serve the why: achieving better outcomes.
It didn’t surprise me when I learned that -- when Ministry of Finance officials conduct trainings on the Aid Management Platform for Village Chiefs, CSOs and citizens throughout the districts of Malawi -- officials are almost immediately asked:
“What were the results of these projects? What were the outcomes?”