Measuring the state of data for public good and the achievement of the SDGs [UN World Data Forum Side Event] | Land Portal
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The Global Data Barometer is a collaborative project that aims to measure the state of data in relation to urgent societal issues.  Together with regional hubs and thematic partners, we seek to appraise data availability, governance, capability and use around the world to help shape data infrastructures that limit risks and harms in climate action, company information, health and COVID-19, land, political integrity, public finance and public procurement.

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When: 10:45 AM – 11:45 AM

Where: Conference Room 6 (2nd floor), Hangzhou International Expo Center, online

As the deadline for the Sustainable Development Goals and Agenda 2030 approaches, the need to monitor progress on the development goals could not be clearer, as is the need to assess the role of data in advancing toward the goals. To realize the value of data and data-related projects in achieving the SDGs, we need to take a closer look at the latest evidence on where countries stand regarding progress to date as well as highlight trends and opportunities for improvement. In this context, the Global Data Barometer is a multi-dimensional index that assesses countries around the world against a set of robust comparative metrics focused on data for public good, providing much needed insight into where and how data is being used to advance development. The results provide evidence to support the evolving dialogue between governments, civil society, and the private sector around data innovation, policy, and practice. Metrics are available that illustrate the impact of policy frameworks, data availability, and data use across a range of sectors, creating a benchmark for policy-makers and funders to track progress toward shared goals. The Barometer reflects the work of a number of global partners, regional research hubs, and more than 100 country-level researchers. These researchers, drawing on local sources, online resources, and in-depth dataset assessments, have provided evidence on the governance, capability, availability, and the use of data for public good across a variety of sectors. This session aims to share the results and to discuss the main findings and observations with key stakeholders on how the data generated by the Barometer can be used for better decision-making and to achieve SDGs.

This session will also showcase the partner organisations that have supported this endeavour and a discussion of the plans for future editions of the Global Data Barometer. It will also further the conversation about measuring the effectiveness of data use to achieve the SDGs. The panel will be divided in two sections. The first section will consist of a presentation on the importance of data to measure the progress in advancing the SDGs, and in the second section, the conversation will focus on the results of the Global Data Barometer and a dialogue between the partners (international expert organisations that were involved in the development of thematic modules of the first edition of the GDB) in terms of current and future plans for the use of the GDB data.Time will be also allocated for comments and questions from the audience.


  • Shaida Badiee (Moderator) Open Data Watch, Managing Director and Co-founder
  • Aura Martinez Oriol (Speaker) Global Initiative for Fiscal Transparency (GIFT), Technical, Knowledge and Cooperation Coordinator
  • Francesca Perucci(Speaker) United Nations Statistics Division, Assistant Director
  • Georg Neumann (Speaker) Open Contracting Partnership, Head Of Communications
  • Joseph Foti (Speaker) Open Government Partnership, Chief Research Officer
  • Laura Meggiolaro (Speaker) Land Portal Foundation, Managing Director
  • Silvana Fumega (Speaker) Global Data Barometer, Project Director
  • Fernando Perini (Speaker) Canada's International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Senior Program Specialist

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