Administrative Data Initiative
It is now well understood that the data required to implement and monitor the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) cannot be satisfied through traditional surveys and censuses alone. Besides new data sources like satellite and mobile data, one of the most promising data sources for the SDGs is administrative data – the routine data collected by governments and service providers in the course of their day-to-day business.
When we register the birth of a child, purchase property and register the title, seek medical services, enroll our kids in school, complete customs forms at the border, and file our taxes, we are generating administrative records. Buried in these bureaucratic records is a tremendous opportunity to extract insights that are timelier and more granular than other traditional data sources. Administrative data can also be more cost effective and sustainable because it is part of an existing and recurrent business process rather than stand-alone data collection exercises, which often cost millions of dollars.
Our partners are eager to make administrative data more accessible and usable for the SDGs. They have identified a range of priorities, including improving administrative data quality and capacity, strengthening the legal and regulatory environment for data sharing, and developing the tools and processes for joining up administrative data sources with each other and other sources of data.
This workstream on administrative data will help our partners address these challenges. Knowing that administrative data is very broad, with many issues at play, our first focus will be on better understanding the demand from country partners. Working closely with our key partner in Latin American, CEPEI, we will dig into partners’ experiences and challenges to understand where they see the biggest gaps. An early focus will be on fostering peer-to-peer learning across countries and across regions. We will also work to connect country partners to expertise across the Global Partnership's network.
As always, our aim will be to identify gaps or areas where good work can be joined up or scaled through new collaborations, and where the Global Partnership can facilitate solutions that respond to a clear demand and lead to increased data use for decision-making. Like our work on interoperability, citizen-generated data, and satellite data, we will aim to build a community of partners who believe they can achieve more together than working alone.