The data revolution: finding the missing millions

Thursday, 21 May 2015

13:30 – 17:30 (BST)

Overseas Development Institute

A major new report by ODI’s Growth, Poverty and Inequality Programme argues that quality, relevant, accessible, timely data is needed to allow governments to extend services into communities which until now have been blank spaces in planning processes. Conversely, the same data innovations can give agency to the marginalised, allowing them to track the information necessary to hold governments to account. Data has the potential to be is genuinely revolutionary.

The solutions to the current data gaps are threefold: increasing investments and therefore improving the quality of household surveys; using big data to fill the gaps in these surveys; and making better use of the data we already have.

The report showcases a range of active programmes, projects and pilots experimenting with new uses and forms of data to solve problems in a range of country contexts, and, in the process, change the way we view the world. It will be an iterative, adaptive process, changing as evidence emerges what the data can tell us, and how it can use it for the good. It will also mean that processes and ideas can be reshaped as new technologies emerge.

Join ODI and a panel of data experts and practitioners for the UK launch of this timely report.

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