Thursday, 13.45-14.45 (Balcony D)

Walking the talk: Using PDIA and co-designing with policymakers to use data and digital tools for development decisions. Kathryn Alexander, Development Gateway
Last year, we found that often results data are neither useful nor used to make planning and allocation decisions. When decision-making needs aren’t aligned with the available results data, it’s a big problem. Given the development community spends approximately US $2.8 billion on MERL each year, we’re seeking to flip this narrative — and change our approach. Join us for a discussion about approaches for incentivizing data use, and empowering data users. We will be ready to share preliminary findings and hope to learn from you as well.

Session Level:

Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Session Details:

Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Specialist, Development Gateway. Last year, we found that often results data are neither useful nor used to make planning and allocation decisions. When decision-making needs aren’t aligned with the available results data, it’s a big problem. Given the development community spends approximately US $2.8 billion on MERL each year, we’re seeking to flip this narrative — and change our approach. Through the Results Data Initiative (RDI), we are working with the governments of Tanzania and Malawi and the UK’s Department for International Development to link resources to results. How? Via a problem-drive, iterative, and adaptive (PDIA) approach, we are engaging policymakers to identify specific opportunities for using data to do something differently. Our goal is to meet policymakers where they are and address the problems they prioritize. With learning embedded into this process, we are documenting what works well (and what doesn’t). Join us for a discussion about PDIA and other approaches for incentivizing data use, and empowering data users. We will be ready to share preliminary findings from RDI, and hope to learn from you as well.

Session Leads:

Kathryn Alexander is a Senior Associate at Development Gateway, and currently manages the Results Data Initiative in Tanzania, focused on equipping health officials with the tools and skills they need to use data to inform policy and improve service delivery. Kathryn also supports DG’s applied research on data-driven decision making, and has conducted data use trainings to support disaster risk management in Haiti and aid coordination in Timor-Leste. Previously, she worked in Tanzania as a Peace Corps Volunteer and with the World Food Programme. Kathryn holds an MPA from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University, and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin.