On June 6, the Global Partnership co-hosts a panel event with Colobia's National Administrative Department of Statistics (DANE) on Citizen Generated Data. The event facilitates collaboration between DANE and Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) to strengthen the production of statistical information. 

Citizen Generated Data (CGD) is a powerful approach in which people take the lead or actively participate in collecting and shaping data, regardless of whether it's integrated into official statistics. This kind of data offers deep insights into local community issues, empowers individuals and communities to have a say in data processes and systems, fosters accountability in how data is governed, and enables informed action for the public good.

For its part, these data acquire added value when they are generated by CSOs, since they have a direct relationship with local communities and know the needs, challenges and opportunities of citizens. CSOs, therefore, have the power to mobilize and empower people to collect relevant and meaningful data on issues that directly concern them. 

In addition, these organizations can contribute to respecting privacy and the rights of citizens, addressing and identifying information needs, guaranteeing that the results are relevant to those who are part of the statistical processes, and, in general, contribute to the construction of culture. statistics to the extent that they can increase the community's confidence in the data collected, promoting its use in formulating public and private policies and impacting decision-making.

The contribution of CSOs to the provision of data generated by citizens is essential to promote greater citizen participation, strengthen accountability and improve the quality of life of communities.  It is also a building block for creating a fairer data future for all.

This is why DANE has recognized the relevance of both CGDs and CSOs in reducing gaps related to data availability and strengthening statistical activity. Consequently, the creation of participation spaces that highlight the initiatives promoted by CSOs will not only allow visualization of the efforts made to collect data, but also its potential use in the generation of official statistics, for which a query has been sent to CSOs that made it possible to identify organizations that currently generate DGC and invite them to the event in question. 

The event between DANE and CSOs facilitates collaborative participation for the identification and use of data from diverse sources and contributes to strengthening the quality and representativeness of national statistics.