Data to Policy Navigator: New tool to foster data-driven policies

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We are living in a time in which data permeates all areas of society. For political actors, this means using data effectively for decision-making. An innovative tool is designed to support these processes.

The policy initiative Data2Policy, in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), recently launched the Data to Policy Navigator to help policymakers use data to develop evidence-based policy – from defining the problem to identifying the data ecosystem and proposing solutions. Launched at both the United Nations General Assembly in September and the Paris Peace Forum in November, the Navigator is an important tool for data-driven policy action to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.

During the two high-level events, Dr Iliya Nickelt, Chief Data Scientist at the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), together with colleagues from GIZ and UNDP, presented the Navigator to the audience and emphasised its relevance for tackling challenges in the context of sustainable development. Watch the introductory video for the Navigator here:

Current status June 2024

The Data to Policy Navigator has officially been certified as a digital public good by the Digital Public Goods Alliance (DPGA). The Navigator, developed by UNDP and GIZ on behalf of the BMZ, is a tool that supports policy makers in using data in policy-making processes. It offers a framework for navigating data-informed decision-making as well as use cases which serve as practical and innovative examples.

The DPGA certification serves as a means to acknowledge that open-source software, open data, open AI models, open standards and open content adhere to a do no harm approach, are best practices and contribute to the SDGs. The Navigator’s certification therefore enhances its visibility among policy makers and also supports its positioning as a standard tool for governments seeking to work with data in the policy process.

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