‘What Goes Up, Must Come Down’: The Open Data Loop

‘Open data’ has become a buzzword in the development community. The excitement rests largely on an assumption that our ability to collect increasingly large amounts of data will automatically improve the quality of aid programs. But as the well-worn quote from Einstein goes: Information is not knowledge. To use data to strengthen development efforts, we need to ensure that data are actively and visibly incorporated into development practice and policies, thereby closing the feedback loop between development data and development action.

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