What research are the discussion papers based on?
Our research is founded on ‘semantic mapping’ – the process of linking exact and close matches of concepts across different data standards. For instance, we look at how sectors such as ‘public health’, ‘education’, ‘heavy industry’ and sub-sectors within these are defined by major international organisations including the UN, OECD, the World Bank, IMF, amongst others. More detail about this process can be found here.
What themes will the discussion papers explore?
Our discussion papers explore themes that are of particular relevance to the international development community. Our aim is to highlight challenges and potential solutions that will contribute to easier use of data across standards in decision-making and accountability efforts. Given the recent adoption by the international community of the post-2015 development agenda in the form of the Global Goals, much of our early research is focused on how the potential of data can be harnessed to help meet and monitor these ambitious goals. Our first discussion paper therefore examines how Millennium Development Goals (MDG) and targets have been incorporated into the new Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) framework. It also looks at how some of the major standards relating to indicator data and financial resources can be linked to the new SDG framework. In the coming months, we aim to build on this work by examining the relationships between standards used to meet and monitor SDGs relating to areas such as health, agriculture and climate change.
How can we contribute to your research?
We welcome all feedback and comments on our research and are keen to collaborate with standard setters and users in the process of producing our discussion papers. To find out how best you can contribute to our work, please contact us directly. To receive the latest updates on our work, please subscribe to our updates.