Official Statistics in a Post-Truth World

edelman-1Submitted by Haishan Fu On Thu, 06/14/2018

I’ve been thinking about the role of data and digital technology in today’s information landscape. New platforms and technologies have democratized access to much of the world’s knowledge, but they’ve also amplified disinformation that affects public discourse. In this context, the official statistics community plays a critical role in bringing credible, evidence-based information to the public.

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Deadline: 21-Jun-2018 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) agriculture-youth

The objective of the assignment is to collect and analyze secondary quantitative data to establish the baseline situation of coffee and rice farmers based on indicators of the Vietnam Agri project. The consultant will implement the following main tasks: (1) collect data from secondary sources, including but not limited to project documents, client firms data provided by IFC, national data sets from the General Statistics Office of Vietnam, (2)conduct quantitative analysis of baseline values of key impact and outcome indicators of project result frameworks relating to coffee and rice farmers, particularly household income including income/sales revenue from coffee and rice, and income sources; (3) describe household demographic and socio-economic profile, coffee and rice farming and post harvest and storage practices to the extent that relevant data is available; and (4) provide gender disaggregated results to the extent that relevant data is available

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The 2018 Atlas of Sustainable Development Goals: an all-new visual guide to data and development

sdg-atlas-2018-cover-400px“The World Bank is one of the world’s largest producers of development data and research. But our responsibility does not stop with making these global public goods available; we need to make them understandable to a general audience.

When both the public and policy makers share an evidence-based view of the world, real advances in social and economic development, such as achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), become possible.” – Shanta Devarajan

We’re pleased to release the 2018 Atlas of Sustainable Development Goals. With over 180 maps and charts, the new publication shows the progress societies are making towards the 17 SDGs.

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Data for Development: An Evaluation of World Bank Support for Data and Statistical Capacity

Data-for-Development_cover-image_webData and evidence are the foundation of development policy and effective program implementation, and countries need data to formulate policy and evaluate progress.

At the global level, the World Bank has a strong reputation in development data and has been highly effective in data production. It produces influential, widely used data and cross-country indicators that fill important niches, benchmark countries, and stimulate research and policy action.

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eC2: GFDRR Challenge Fund Data Exploration Tool

Deadline:  07-Sep-2017 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.) logo1

GFDRR is supporting the development of an open data schema for hazard, exposure and vulnerability data through the Challenge Fund( This Consultancy will support the project by developing software that will allow for extracting a subset of hazard, exposure and vulnerability data from external databases using an API, and then subsequently downloading and interactively analyzing the extracted data. The software should allow the user to save and/or print the analysis results. It should permit a variety of means for exploring and understanding the data. The overall goal is to provide a non-expert user with the ability to simply extract, explore and understand hazard, exposure and vulnerability data relevant to a country or region of interest. The desktop versions should be compatible with common operating systems. The software should be based on open-source software such as R or Python. This will need to be delivered by March 2018.

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The Tech Revolution That’s Changing How We Measure Poverty

Article published on on July 27, 2017.

The world has an ambitious goal to end extreme poverty by 2030. But, without good poverty data, it is impossible to know whether we are making progress, or whether programs and policies are reaching those who are the most in need.


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Leveraging behavioral insights in the age of big data

­Access to an extremely large amount of data has enabled us to pursue research endeavors that just a couple of years ago seemed unimaginable. Examples of amazing big data applications in the field of economics are all over the place: using job-portals data to inform labor market policies; analyzing citizens’ reactions to public policies using Twitter; creating daily inflation data using billions of records from online retailers around the world; and even measuring economic growth from outer space!
The data revolution is open to anyone with the right tools, and big data can be useful to answer policy questions. Pairing big data with some of the traditional methods of data gathering such as household surveys can yield timely information and can help shape appropriate policy responses. For instance, traditional household surveys, from which unemployment estimates are calculated could carry outdated employment data by the time they become available. But big data can complement this effort in places where unemployment rates correlate with the frequency with which people use Google to search for jobs, as in the case of Brazil, that could be used to estimate real-time unemployment rates.

Monthly unemployment rate and google searches for “looking for a job” in Brazil, 2006-17

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Announcing funding for 10 Development Data Innovation projects

In July of 2016, the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data (GPSDD), Data collectionsannounced a new multi-million dollar funding initiative to support collaborative data innovations for sustainable development. Today, the Partnership, working in close collaboration with the World Bank’s Development Data Group, is delighted to announce the recipients of the pilot round of this initiative.

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eC2:Firm for Data and Capacity Assessment of Selected Municipalities in Nepal

Deadline: 28-Feb-2017 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)Data collections

Specific objectives include:
1) Individual assessments and summary report of 20 municipalities including what tabular and spatial data exists, what format this data is in, how existing data is being used, what data must still be collected, what technology, including equipment, is currently being used to apply the data to the planning process of the municipality;
2) Study of data standards/specifications being used for collection and maintenance of data pertaining to cadastral, critical infrastructure, land use, etc. as well as broader planning and hazard/risk assessments;
3) Recommendation on what municipal services could be linked with geospatial data; and,
4) Preparation of a strategy for enhancement of technical capacity and equipment for different types of municipalities.

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Listening to Africa: A New Way to Gather Data Using Mobile Phones

The proliferation of mobile phones has opened up new opportunities for conducting surveys in developing countries. Data about people’s lives can now be gathered much cheaper and faster. The World Bank’s Listening to Africa initiative is now collecting household data through mobile phone surveys in African countries.