New resources on our website , like an interactive dashboard to explore our monitoring and evaluation (M&E) data, share progress towards our efforts to amplify the data revolution in Tanzania.

Samhir Vasdev
May 1, 2018 · 3 min read

This blog post was published as part of the Data Zetu project. Data Zetu is now an initiative of the Tanzania dLab, a local NGO that promotes innovation and data literacy through a premier center of excellence. For more information about the dLab, visit www.dlab.or.tz. For more information about the Data Zetu project, visit www.irex.org.

A new experimental dashboard invites the public to explore and disaggregate our impact data.

Let’s transform how global development programs share impact.

This week, the Data Zetu team is excited to publish a series of new resources on our website that invites readers to explore the outputs, outcomes, and impacts we’re seeking to achieve.

Visit the new resources at www.datazetu.or.tz/impact »

The new pages include:

  • Highlights of our impact, including how our work helps local communities and leaders use data to inform decisions that help tackle HIV/AIDS.
  • Use stories that show specific examples of how we’ve supported local leaders and organizations to use evidence in their decision-making.
  • An indicator table that explains our desired outcomes and our progress towards them.
  • Data-informed insights that introduce opportunities for learning and an interactive dashboard to explore our M&E data.
Our new Insights page includes interactive visuals that unveil some latent lessons hidden among our disaggregated M&E data.

Why publish this information?

We didn’t create these resources just to brag about our impact. In fact, we’re honest about the milestones we’ve yet to achieve to reach all our desired outcomes. Rather, we believe that sharing this data has intrinsic value to the broader community. Here are some examples of how this information might be useful:

  • Donors and implementers can monitor our progress using our indicator table while also discovering some indicators that they could re-purpose or improve on or align with in their own programming.
  • Potential collaborators and partners in Tanzania can review our data use stories to determine whether investing in improved data culture within their organizations can improve their outcomes in similar ways.
  • Anyone curious about how projects like ours can have varying impacts according to age, gender, geography, or other parameters can explore our insights page and its interactive M&E dashboard.

Additionally, publishing our progress helps us practice what we preach. As a program that fosters the use of data to inform action, we’re often encouraging our stakeholders to use, visualize, and publish their data in ways that let others explore, learn from, and build upon their progress. These new resources reflect our commitment to these values.

What’s next?

In the coming weeks, we’ll be taking our open impact data a step further by publishing our raw M&E dataset in “beta” form. This “betaset” will encourage others to download, explore, and visualize their own insights from our raw data, hopefully enabling us and the broader community to learn about what works and what doesn’t work together.

In the meantime, jump over to our new Impact page to learn about Data Zetu’s progress to date.

Data Zetu

Amplifying citizen's voices through better use of data. This blog is now maintained by the Tanzania dLab, a local NGO promoting innovation and data literacy through a premier center of excellence. Learn about the dLab at www.dlab.or.tz and the Data Zetu project at www.irex.org

Samhir Vasdev

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Tech, design, strategy. Advisor for Digital Development at IREX.

Data Zetu

Data Zetu

Amplifying citizen's voices through better use of data. This blog is now maintained by the Tanzania dLab, a local NGO promoting innovation and data literacy through a premier center of excellence. Learn about the dLab at www.dlab.or.tz and the Data Zetu project at www.irex.org

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