A Broader View of the Data Revolution and Development Agenda

Research Report

A Broader View of the Data Revolution and Development Agenda

February 26, 2017

Abstract

In 2015, the United Nations adopted an ambitious new agenda for global development, and its proponents have called for a “data revolution” to further its goals. How to mobilize this data revolution? Much of what has been written about it so far implies only the mounting of expanded surveys to track progress under each goal. Although surveys are essential, there are good reasons to believe that surveys alone would be insufficient and probably impractical.

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