Why Joined-up Data Standards?

Data has immense potential to help drive poverty eradication and development, but right now it is incredibly difficult to join up the data we have on money, people and results, because it is published in different formats and to different standards. This stops it from being turned into useful information for decision-making and accountability. To solve this, we need to enable existing and future standards to join up. Development Initiatives and Publish What You Fund are working together to make this happen by focusing on technical solutions and political will. Efforts to join up data will help equip decision-makers and those holding them to account with vital information for driving sustainable development. To find out more about our work, see About

Making the case for joined-up data: a data story from Kenya

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Making the case for joined-up data: a data story from Kenya

What are the benefits of joining up data? How could joined-up data help government departments and others monitor progress and direct future spending effectively? In this video ...

What are the benefits of joining up data? How could joined-up data help government departments and others monitor progress and direct future spending effectively?

In this video – the second in our series on joined-up data – we use a data story from within the Kenyan Ministry of Education to make the case for joining up data, showing how much simpler planning and analysis would be if only the data on domestic and international resources were joined-up and connected to national and international indicators.

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Beata is the Data Scientist working on the technical side of Joined-up Data Standards from Development Initiatives’ Bristol office. Beata’s work focuses on mapping and linking data standards. She also develops and maintains the thesaurus. Beata finished her PhD in metabolic modelling of microbial systems at the University of Bath in 2015. She holds a MSc in Bioinformatics from Imperial College London and a BSc in Biotechnology from Cardiff University.