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“We call for a data revolution for sustainable development, with a new international initiative to improve the quality of statistics and information available to people and governments.”

United Nations High-Level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda, May 2013

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WHAT WE ARE DOING

Truly sustainable development requires a paradigm shift – one in which citizens have a voice. The Big Development DataShift is a bold project to create a new system of monitoring and shaping development progress by Promoting People-Powered Accountability.

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HOW WE ARE DOING IT

New technologies present remarkable opportunities to democratise how information about development is collected, curated, and used. The Big Development DataShift will harness this potential by enhancing coverage of citizen reporting, empowering comparability of data, emancipating tools for campaigning, and Promoting People-Powered Accountability.

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WHAT WE WANT TO ACHIEVE

The Big Development DataShift seeks to change the global development arena. It is a bottom up approach designed to put citizens at the centre of the development agenda from 2016 and beyond. This journey toward a more people-centred and planet-sensitive world starts with Promoting People-Powered Accountability!

The Big Development DataShift

The Big Development DataShift is an ambitious, multi-stakeholder initiative to leverage the potential of new technologies for more creative and effective social accountability. It brings citizen voice to the heart of sustainable development by building a community of people and resources prepared to harness the data revolution. It is a movement and a tool to monitor and shape progress on the new global development agenda by Promoting People-Powered Accountability.

Areas

The Big Development DataShift is Promoting People-Powered Accountability through three priority areas:

Coverage

The Big Development DataShift is working with a broad, multi-stakeholder platform to increase the coverage of citizen reporting across issues and countries. Sustained support and development of people-powered accountability mechanism encourages responsiveness to local needs, facilitates sharing and uptake between groups, and builds a scalable methodology for mobilising citizen monitoring resources.

Comparability

The Big Development DataShift envisions a robust, interoperable system of disparate data sets. Citizen reporting is highly contextual, but comparability is required to monitor and shape the global development agenda. Exploring the opportunities of harmonising data streams and the possibilities of standardising data collection encourages a collaborative, user-driven process to build a framework of comparability.

Campaigning

The Big Development DataShift is giving citizens and change leaders a new set of tools for effective campaigning and advocacy. By addressing the challenges of coverage and comparability, these evidence-based tools provide the missing link between the data revolution and the call for greater transparency and accountability in the global development agenda.

Project streams

Over the next 2 years, CIVICUS will work with partners across the globe in a concerted effort to enhance the capacity and effectiveness of people-powered accountability.

  • Global Knowledge Hub

    The Global Knowledge Hub is a comprehensive stakeholder engagement and information collection and exchange strategy. It empowers the DataShift movement to convene a broad spectrum of stakeholders, lobby for the inclusion of citizen voice in development monitoring, and coordinate effective country support and data analysis.

  • Thematic Forums

    The Thematic Forums enable a state-of-the-art and broadly representative community for shadow reporting on each thematic area of the global development agenda in 2016 and beyond. They explore how to achieve comparability and promote coverage through knowledge dissemination, capacity development, and harmonization efforts.

  • The A Team

    Specialist teams of Accountability Ambassadors build and engage civil society networks to identify specific needs and priorities, and to develop skills and capacities. They have the expertise to convene dialogues from experts to campaigners, provide strategic and technical support to build, and facilitate training of local ambassadors to promote sustainability.

  • The DataShift Fund

    The DataShift Fund provides critical resources to ensure that citizen-generated data gathering is demand driven. It is the collectively managed mechanism by which civil society can access funding, technical assistance, and human resources to develop and improve initiatives for promoting people-powered accountability.

  • The DataShift Dashboard

    The DataShift Dashboard will launch in 2016 as a web-based presentation of people-powered accountability initiatives. It is a new global information system and platform for monitoring and shaping progress on the sustainable development goals, and is intentionally designed to adapt to changing needs and technologies.

PROGRESS