Friday, October 25, 2013

Finding Data for Evaluations

Finding existing Government Data is often a huge problem for evaluators who are designing evaluations in Africa. We don't always know what is available, but even if we know, it is usually very hard to get hold of the relevant data.

The first eResearch Africa conference took place from 06-10 October 2013 in Cape Town and was hosted by the Association of South African University Directors of Information Technology

Presentations from the conference are available here.

What I do find exciting is that quite a few of the presentations spoke about making government data available. I learnt about the Accelerated Data Programme, in a presentation by Lynn Woolfrey, and was also excited to see the Human Science Research Council and UCT share something about their intiatives to make data available.

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