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Governance Data Alliance (GDA) Partnership

Modernizing the marketplace for governance data

Formed in 2015, the Governance Data Alliance consists of data producers, donors, governments, and global development organizations committed to the high-quality production of governance data. AidData joins alliance members such as the Millennium Challenge Corporation, USAID, Global Integrity, the World Bank's Global Indicators Group and others in supporting this important work.

Featured Publications

In the Eye of the Beholder: When is governance data "good enough"?

December 2016 | Governance Data Alliance


Takaaki Masaki, Tanya Sethi, Samantha Custer


A growing number of governance data producers are investing significant time and resources to evaluate public sector performance in low- and middle-income countries. Yet, surprisingly little is known about how governance data is viewed by those it is intended to influence and whether the data we have today is “good enough” to usher in the policy change we are looking for. This report presents new evidence from a 2016 Governance Data Alliance (GDA) Snap Poll of public, private, and civil society leaders in 126 low- and middle-income countries to answer four critical questions. Delivery Channels: How do these leaders find or source governance data? Use: How is governance data used and for what purpose(s)? Influence: Which governance data do leaders find most useful – and why? Barriers: What are the most prevalent obstacles to the use of governance data?

Governance Data: Who Uses It and Why?

March 2016 | Governance Data Alliance


Samantha Custer, Zachary Rice, Takaaki Masaki, Rebecca Latourell, Bradley Parks


This report evaluates the use of governance data among policymakers and practitioners in 126 low- and middle- income countries. Research institutions, multilateral development banks, bilateral aid agencies, and civil society groups increasingly produce governance data to identify strong and weaker performers, inform resource allocation decisions, and support domestic reform champions in countries around the world. However, governance data producers know relatively little about who actually uses their diagnostic and advisory tools and why. The objective of this report is to help close this knowledge gap.