The Global Data Facility will support data and statistics priorities at the subnational, national, regional, and global levels, prioritizing those set out in the 2021 World Development Report. This includes support under the following categories:
Capacity Building, Training, and Twinning. Activities will focus on providing technical assistance to (and among) government and non-government actors to strengthen individual capacity and institutional effectiveness across the full data “lifecycle”: data production, acquisition, curation, management, governance/protection, dissemination, access, analysis, use/reuse, documentation, and preservation. Example activities include: (i) conducting assessments, consultations, and workshops on data/statistics policies and institutions; (ii) conducting studies on sector capacity gaps and good practices to address these gaps; (iii) providing in-depth training and institution-strengthening, and exchanging good practices; (iv) support to strengthen/enable countries’ primary data collection, including micro-level data for the production of indicators; (v) provision of technical assistance to countries and partners in implementation of international statistical standards, methods and best practices; and (vi) conducting activities in methodological innovations.
Leverage frontier data sources and tools for development. Specific activities could include, for example: (i) support the use of alternative and new data collection modes and data sources, including phone and web surveys and the use of citizen-generated data in official statistics, and foster adoption of technologies amongst National Statistical Offices (NSOs) and other national data producers; (ii) support the use and uptake of administrative data for decision making; and (iii) support the development, adoption, and scale of new analytical tools.
Global Public Goods. Activities will support: (i) setting international standards, methods and best practices (ii) implementation of global programs and partnerships, including on data collection, compilation and quality assurance, as well as the production and dissemination of indicators; (iii) conducting outreach activities; and (iv) carrying out governance and partnership management activities.
Demand-driven research, knowledge curation, and dissemination. Activities will focus on conducting core research, indicator development/support, knowledge generation, and knowledge-sharing driven by country demand and needs. Example activities include: (i) data production to be made available to wider research and operational communities, such as impact assessments, lessons learned, global flagship reports, for example on harmonizing and enabling access to administrative data; survey data collection in the course of impact evaluations; high frequency approaches to data collection to inform analytic products and tools; (ii) production to be made available to wider research community and policy makers of indicators and analysis based on primary micro-level data collected; (iii) conducting study tours; (iv) conducting knowledge exchanges (including south-south knowledge-exchanges); and (v) supporting platform development to facilitate responsible open access to and use of GDF-support/generated knowledge.
Data systems modernization. Activities will focus on operational approaches, including increasing coordination and alignment among different actors and across relevant sectors. Specific activities include, for example: (i) developing and implementing data modernization strategies and approaches; (ii) developing or strengthening systems for enhanced data systems integration and/or coordination; and (iii) building networks, and developing guidance and toolkits on good practices to scale up data systems modernization.
Prioritizing inclusive data and closing data gaps. Specific activities include, for example: (i) support for inclusive data and data systems, toward strengthening/expanding data on all groups within populations and counting the hitherto uncounted, such as women and girls, indigenous populations, religious/ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities, SOGI stakeholders, and other marginalized groups; and (ii) promote the systematic mainstreaming of gender equality in the data lifecycle.
Leveraging Development Partners’ knowledge and expertise. Activities will focus on building/expanding strategic partnerships to support the above focus areas. Specific activities include, for example: (i) connecting development partners’ expertise on data/statistics priorities to country clients, based on needs/demand; (ii) promoting and facilitating partnerships among relevant stakeholders; and (iii) organizing stakeholder conferences and events focused on knowledge exchanges.
Further sectoral, thematic, and regional priorities. The Global Data Facility is designed to enable targeted support to a range of priorities simultaneously. The above priorities are indicative, and the Facility is designed to accommodate and support new priorities as they are collaboratively identified over the 10+ year lifespan of the Facility.
Last Updated: Oct 19, 2021