Data & Analytics for Development

USAID has launched with new datasets and tools for technologists and software developers.

To make better decisions about how to meet development objectives, USAID needs to understand the vast array of development data and information from around the world and integrate this data into the Agency’s planning, both short- and long-term.

USAID is working to institutionalize a systems approach to development in all of its work, leveraging the vast amount of available data to enhance analysis and strategic decision making. 

The Agency is working to strengthen its capacities in geospatial analysis and trends and futures analysis:

  • To improve USAID’s development efforts through the use of spatial analysis and maps, the Agency has created a Geocenter, which will serve as the focal point on matters concerning Geographic Information Systems (GIS).
  • Futures analysis will allow the Agency to better frame and position resources around emerging challenges, and to better comprehend the trends around the world to enable more strategic and long-term decision-making.

By investing in data and analytical capacity, USAID will be better equipped to push forward with the utmost effectiveness and efficiency in tackling the challenges of development.

The Future Can't Wait

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The Agency is committed to getting information and data online and in use by international development stakeholders across the globe.  

  • The Agency recently launched to increase tools for technologists.  
  • To increase engagement with technologists, innovators, and startups, the Agency held its first hackathon and open data challenge Hack4Hunger
  • To improve high quality analysis and application of data, the Agency worked with the White House Office of Science & Technology Policy to host a Development Data Jam with innovators and entrepreneurs across the globe.

By increasing the availability and useability of public and private sector data, USAID is improving the application of international development data for commercially-viable and locally sustainable progress. 

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Last updated: November 21, 2014

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