Value of Data Case Studies
These value of data case studies, developed by the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data and TReNDS – the data and statistics thematic group of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network, represent an effort to dig deeper into the impact of data, and specifically the return on investment of each case. Our goal is to highlight the impact of data and show that investing in data systems, capacities, technologies and processes are relatively inexpensive, and often lead to long-term cost efficiencies as well as sustained social impacts and positive development outcomes.
These case studies are part of a wider initiative that the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data, with the support and guidance of several partners, developed to help push for more and better financing for data. We have joined major institutions and academic consortiums like the OECD, the World Bank, and the Sustainable Development Solutions Network that have recently published major reports calling for this, and are collaborating with these partners and the UN Statistical Commission’s High-Level Group for Partnership, Coordination and Capacity Building for Statistics to mobilize political commitments to increase financing for data and spend those resources as effectively as possible.
Value analysis of the census in New Zealand (PDF, 2MB)
How household surveys shape policy (PDF, 3MB)
Return on investment from civil registration and vital statistics
Improving data on hand pumps for better water access