The Evidence Map is a free online interactive tool that tracks the availability and characteristics of publicly available, policy relevant-data in G20 countries.
The Economist Group and the global research and public policy organisation The Pew Charitable Trusts, have released what claims to be a first-of-its kind Evidence Map that tracks the availability and characteristics of publicly available policy-relevant data in the G20 countries.
It reveals, for instance, that data coverage is far weaker in areas such as financial inclusion and youth unemployment than in the ageing and retirement domain.
In conjunction with the online map, the initiative’s report, The Data Imperative, highlights that without publicly available, easily accessible data – supported by metadata and built-in visualisation and analytic tools – government officials, experts in the civil and private sectors and citizens themselves may lack adequate information to judge and debate the merits of competing policy options.
The free, online, interactive tool was produced by The Economist Intelligence Unit and assesses data across five policy domains that are central to the future of the G20 nations: ageing and retirement; digital inclusion; disaster risk; financial inclusion; and youth unemployment.
The map analyses the availability, accessibility, and core characteristics of expert-defined policy indicators at the international, national, and sub-national levels within the aforementioned domains.
“Incredible advances in communications technologies have made more data available than ever, but our research found too many gaps in areas where countries should be well prepared”
Key findings in the report, which also outlines the map’s methodology include:
“Incredible advances in communications technologies have made more data available than ever, but our research found too many gaps in areas where countries should be well prepared,” said Leo Abruzzese, senior global advisor for public policy at The Economist Intelligence Unit.
“Data gathering is not inexpensive, but it is money well spent. We hope the Data Map offers guidance in identifying those gaps and directing future investment.”
The Evidence Map and the full report are available at www.evidenceinitiative.org.
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