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Help USAID Find Evidence of Real-Time Data Use in Development

By Wayan Vota on May 13, 2016


Development is messy and complex, but our projects are set up around linear information systems that are slow, one-way, highly siloed and paper-based. Project management plans, quarterly reports, and project close-out reports don’t provide the type of rapid, real-time information that can lead to better decision-making, more adaptive management systemic learning and knowledge generation, and ultimately better development outcomes.

The US Global Development Lab at USAID is seeking evidence to support the idea that real-time data (RTD) systems have a critical role to play in enabling and supporting adaptive management. They need your help in identifying examples of projects who have used real-time data or digital information flows.

Please submit your examples of real-time data in development.

All quality survey responses will be added to comparative case study report and the best survey responses will be featured as in-depth case studies. A research report will be published at the end of the year that includes the case studies and a literature review of real-time data, to showcase the evidence of data-informed decision making and adaptive management.

As an incentive, those who propose the five best project examples will receive a copy of “Time to Listen: Hearing People on the Receiving End of International Aid” by Dayna Brown, Mary B. Anderson, & Isabella Jean.

If you’d like to contribute more than one case study, please reuse the form.

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Wayan Vota co-founded ICTworks. He also co-founded Technology Salon, MERL Tech, ICTforAg, ICT4Djobs, ICT4Drinks, JadedAid, Kurante, OLPC News and a few other things. Opinions expressed here are his own and do not reflect the position of his employer, any of its entities, or any ICTWorks sponsor.
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One Comment to “Help USAID Find Evidence of Real-Time Data Use in Development”

  1. we have developed Decision support system (comprising of 12 modules 4 have been developed and remaing are in progress). the below ur will direct you for the evdince to show that BRSP is using real time data for quick decision using online application, enterprise GIS and web GIS