In 2016 we kicked off our work exploring the practicalities and potential of citizen-generated data via two studies with our partners Open Institute, a Kenyan civil society organisation, and Development Research and Training (DRT), a Ugandan research organisation.
In both case studies we found evidence of the use of citizen-generated data to improve service delivery and influence policymaking. These projects also demonstrated the ability of citizen-generated data to help implement and monitor the Sustainable Development Goals, as a complement to official statistics.
This is a key area to explore and build on in the context of detailed commitments to the Sustainable Development Goals, which will require moving beyond aggregates. It is an exciting and innovative area, and our work will continue beyond our case studies towards improving and increasing use of citizen-generated data to deliver on commitments to leave no one behind.