Friday, November 6, 2015

 

Interim Steering Group Statement on
Host Selection Process for
The Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data

 

 

The Interim Steering Group of the recently launched Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data (the Global Partnership) announced today that it has unanimously selected the United Nations Foundation (UN Foundation) to serve as the host organization from December 1, 2015 – December 31, 2018. 

 

The Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data will harness the data revolution to fill critical gaps, and ensure data is more accessible and useable to end extreme poverty, combat climate change, and ensure a healthy life for all, leaving no one behind. A data revolution is sweeping the globe with new technologies, skills, and opportunities to connect official statistics, big data, citizen-generated data, geo-spatial and earth observations data for the public good.  The opening up of government data to improve policy-making, foster entrepreneurial innovation and empower citizens is further bolstering the data revolution. 

 

OVERVIEW OF THE SELECTION PROCESS

In July 2015, a group of Champions and subsequently Anchor Partners committed to the formation of the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data assembled a representative Host Selection Committee that conducted a rigorous and transparent process over the past several months to identify the best possible institutional host.  The Committee sought an organization or consortium to host the Global Partnership and provide an effective, efficient, nimble and neutral “institutional backbone” to support the Partnership's Anchor Partners, Champions and Secretariat to be successful.  The Committee also sought a host that could respect and ensure the independence of the Partnership's vision, strategy, governance, secretariat, and brand.

 

In September 2015, an Interim Steering Group of Anchor Partners was established as the primary governance body of the Global Partnership, and it will make the ultimate decisions regarding strategy development, hiring of an executive director, assembling of the secretariat, communications, brand, etc.  The Interim Steering Group along with the Executive Director (once hired), and Secretariat (after it is assembled), will be supported by the host with administrative, financial, legal and related systems and resources to be able to successfully achieve its vision and goals. The mission, activities, staff and governance of the institutional host are distinct from that of the Partnership, while United Nations Foundation will continue as a member of the Interim Steering Group. It is planned that the hosting relationship for the Global Partnership will be for a three-year period, after which the Global Partnership could decide to establish a different institutional arrangement or remain with the host.

 

All committee members signed confidentiality agreements and conflict of interest forms, and representatives from seven organizations served as voting members of the Host Selection Committee. These organizations were: CEPEI, CIFF, CIVICUS, Hewlett Foundation, IDRC, U.S. Department of State through PEPFAR, and SAP.  Representatives from DFID, Planet Labs and UNECA participated in strategic discussions, but did not serve as voting members. The Ford Foundation joined the committee more recently and also participated in strategic discussions but did not cast votes.

 

An open request for Expressions of Interest (EOIs) was published on Tuesday August 25, 2015 and was distributed widely. Prospective applicants submitted clarifying questions via an online portal, and questions were answered through a conference call and posted online. Thirteen organizations and consortia submitted EOIs. Selection Committee members reviewed and scored the EOIs according to a uniform scorecard (available in the call for EOIs document) and participated in deliberation and assessment of the rankings.

 

Based on the rankings, deliberations and collective assessment, five diverse candidates were identified for phone call interviews.  Those five candidates scored significantly higher in average rank and total points on the evaluation criteria compared with the set of eight that was not interviewed.  All interviewees were asked a set of similar general questions, specific questions about their unique characteristics, and invited to ask questions to the selection committee. In all cases, a few follow-up questions were asked and answered by email on specific issues that needed clarification or elaboration.

 

The Selection Committee unanimously - separately through their individual rankings and collectively in their deliberations - identified the United Nations Foundation as the preferred candidate to host the Global Partnership.  On November 2, 2015, the Interim Steering Group unanimously approved the recommendation of the Host Selection Committee.  

 

The Global Partnership will now move to develop a Memorandum of Understanding with the United Nations Foundation on the hosting relationship.  The United Nations Foundation is committed to supporting the Partnership to achieve its bold vision and ensuring the independence of the Partnership's governance, strategy, objectives, secretariat, and brand during this next exciting phase. 

 

For more information, please contact Professor Sanjeev Khagram, Coordinator, Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data at skhagram@iseeed.org

 

About the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data

A data revolution is sweeping the globe with new technologies, skills, and opportunities to connect official statistics, big data, citizen-generated data, geo-spatial and earth observations data for the public good.  The opening up of government data to improve policy-making, foster entrepreneurial innovation and empower citizens is further bolstering the data revolution.  The Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data is committed to harnessing the data revolution to fill critical gaps, and ensure data is more accessible and useable to end extreme poverty, combat climate change, and ensure a healthy life for all, leaving no one behind. For more information on the Global Partnership visit http://www.data4sdgs.org.

 

About The United Nations Foundation

The United Nations Foundation builds public-private partnerships to address the world’s most pressing problems, and broadens support for the United Nations through advocacy and public outreach. Through innovative campaigns and initiatives, the Foundation connects people, ideas, and resources to help the UN solve global problems. The Foundation was created in 1998 as a U.S. public charity by entrepreneur and philanthropist Ted Turner and now is supported by global corporations, foundations, governments, and individuals. For more information, visit www.unfoundation.org.

 

Timeline of the Host Selection Process

August 25 - Call for EOIs released and publicized widely

Aug 31 - Interested applicants submitted clarifying questions via application website

Sept 2 - Phone call to answer clarifying questions with interested applicants

Sept 11 - Meeting of Champions, Constitution of Interim Steering Group of Anchor Partners

Sept 18 - Final EOI submissions due date via application website

Sept 28 - Political Launch of the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data

Sept 29 - First in-person meeting of the Interim Steering Group of Anchor Partners

Oct 20-21 - Telephone interviews with five short-list applicants

Oct 26 - Last day for applicants to register complaints (no complaints received)

Oct 30 - Selection Committee unanimous recommendation shared with Interim Steering Group

Nov 2 - No objection vote from Interim Steering Group completed - unanimous endorsement

 

For EOI process see:

http://iseeed.org/globalpartnership

 

Full instructions for submitting an EOI with evaluation matrix on final page see:

http://iseeed.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/Global_Partnership_call_for_EOIs.pdf

 

Cover page for EOI see:

http://iseeed.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/Global_Partnership_InviteforLOI_Cover-Sheet.docx