New Research in Progress Paper and OPHI Working Paper Examine Questions of Data Sources and Availability

OPHI has published two new papers.

1) OPHI Working Paper No. 72: “Mobilizing the Household Data Required to Progress toward the SDGs” by Sabina Alkire and Emma Samman. This paper notes that data on poverty-related SDGs are not updated frequently, nor are the data always available promptly. It reviews the key non-census data sources underlying the MDGs – household surveys (national and international), and administrative and registry data – to assess which data sources could provide the more frequent data required to design and coordinate policies, measure, manage, and monitor progress towards the poverty-related SDGs. It also reviews new data sources such as opinion polls ‘big data’, satellite data, call records, and other digital breadcrumbs to see how these might augment the information required to assess progress in the SDGs. The paper concludes that high quality multi-topic household surveys complemented by interim lighter surveys have a demonstrated ability to collect the core indicators of human poverty at an individual and household level in a rigorous way, so are likely to remain a core component of the data framework.

You can read a version of the paper published by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) here.

2) OPHI Research in Progress Series 43a: “Towards Frequent and Accurate Poverty Data” by Sabina Alkire. This paper looks at the idea of data availability as playing a crucial role in the fight against poverty. It recognizes that data quantity and frequency has increased over the past thirty years, but still lag behind the data available for many other economic phenomena. This paper points out existing experiences that shed light on how to break the cycle of outdated poverty data and strengthen statistical systems. Such experiences show that it is possible to generate and analyse frequent and accurate poverty data that energizes and enables poverty eradication.

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