Strengthening Foreign Assistance through Results Data Use

We know that the strategic use of data and evidence can lead to better development outcomes. Yet despite spending over USD $2.5 billion each year collecting results data – output and outcome indicators – donor agency and country government staff infrequently use these M&E data to inform policymaking.

How can we make smarter investments to ensure that data collected are efficient, effective, and used by both donors and their country partners?

Leading experts and practitioners gathered in December 2018 in Washington, DC to explore approaches for bridging the “results data use gap.” The event was being convened by Development Gateway through the Results Data Initiative (RDI), supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Opening Remarks

  • Jean-Louis Sarbib, Chief Executive Officer, Development Gateway
  • Rodrigo Salvado, Deputy Director for Development Policy and Finance, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Panel 1: Opportunities for Country-Level Data Use

  • Vinisha Bhatia-Murdach, Senior Learning Advisor, Development Gateway
  • Emily Garin, Global Data Strategist, UNICEF
  • Nathaniel Heller, Executive Vice President for Integrated Strategies, Results for Development
  • Jennifer Nkosi, Economist in the Department of Agriculture Planning Services, Malawi Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation, and Water Development
  • Agnieszka Rawa, Managing Director of Data Collaboratives for Local Impact, Millennium Challenge Corporation

Panel 2: Opportunities for Agency-Level Data Use

  • Casey Dunning, Director of Results and Learning, Millennium Challenge Corporation
  • Tina Guthrie, Director of Operations Direction and Coherence, Global Affairs Canada
  • Paige Kirby, Senior Policy Advisor, Development Gateway
  • Elizabeth Roen, Acting Director of the Office of Learning, Evaluation and Research, USAID
  • Rodrigo Salvado, Deputy Director for Development Policy and Finance, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Closing Remarks

  • Homi Kharas, Interim Vice President and Director of the Global Economy and Development Program, Brookings Institution

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