A relevant data revolution for development
Crouch, L. (2015). A relevant data revolution for development. (RTI Press Publication No. PB-0007-1506). Research Triangle Park, NC: RTI Press. DOI: 10.3768/rtipress.2015.pb.0007.1506
The paper argues that generalizing from standard tenets of big data to developing country situations should be done only with considerable caution. The emerging term of art for a careful application of big data tenets to public policy issues in developing countries is “data revolution for development.” Yet what this might consist of is not well-defined in the literature. The paper proposes four areas of work that could be a practical approach to a data revolution for development: (1) improving legacy systems and “little data,” including adding citizen-sourced information; (2) improving integration, classification, and curation of existing and new data; (3) adding value to data through predictive analytics and citizen empowerment; and (4) demonstrating use of data in managing service delivery in developing countries.