Using household surveys to start a data revolution and tackle social inequality

Emma Samman at the Overseas Development Institute makes the case for balancing ‘the data revolution’ with traditional methods after the MDGs:

“The post-2015 report calls for quality data to be made available to governments. While modern technologies are useful, do not neglect the workhorse of data collection – the household survey…

The proposed data revolution might be part of the answer – making it easier to trace and collect data from several household members, to check with people between larger and more cumbersome surveys, and to understand the effects of shocks or crises on people’s wellbeing. But such efforts must be integrated with survey-based data collection, not supplant it.

The task of revolutionising the way we collect and use global poverty data will need to be urgently taken up by the Open Working Group and others involved in the post-2015 process. But the important first step has been taken – a recognition that we must improve our monitoring of the circumstances of marginalised groups.”

Read the full article at the Guardian Development Professionals Network’s Impact and Effectiveness Hub here.

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