Cordaid uses open data to improve the quality and relevancy of our work and to encourage co-operation and innovation within the international development sector.
Since January 2013, we have been publishing all our project information in accordance with the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) framework.
Cordaid’s data set is open for anyone to use, reuse and redistribute.
Cordaid believes that sharing information and knowledge will make co-operation easier and thus improve the quality, impact and relevance of our work. The open development movement also aims to transform the development sector itself and the interventions and activities of the actors involved.
What do we publish?
Cordaid publishes and updates its projects on a quarterly basis. Cordaid works on the principle that all project information should be published unless a clear reason is provided in accordance to the Exclusion Policy. The exclusion policy outlines the criteria to determine what to exclude from being published. This can be individual bits of information or the entire project.
How do we do all this?
Internal reporting and updating processes are streamlined under the “single entry, single source and multi-use” principle. What this means is that project officers input the data once and that it is used for a variety of purposes such as our website, track record documents, data dashboards, research and reporting. Ownership of the information is at the level of the relevant project officer.
For further details take a look at the Cordaid implementation approach by Caroline Kroon.
Data quality is one of the main challenges in this process since it traditionally comes from fragmented information held in internal systems without publication in mind. It is possible then that you might notice mistakes or imperfections in our data files. If so, don’t hesitate to let us know via e-mail.
We believe that open data is not about the publication of perfect data; it’s about perfecting that data and the activities that it pertains to. As the culture of open data and transparency becomes embedded into the organization, the quality and application of data will continue to improve.
‘CORDAID DEMONSTRATES COURAGE AND COMMITMENT TO THE TRANSPARENCY-AGENDA OF DEVELOPMENT AID.’ Theo van de Sande, Open Data & Transparency, Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The way we see it, open data offers opportunities for the eventual end users. Analyzing and visualizing Cordaid data and then comparing it with the data of other NGOs and governmental bodies makes it relatively easy to see which activities are being carried out for a particular country or region. It also makes it possible to see when and how these activities are being carried out and how much money is being spent there.
Combining Cordaid data files with those of other NGOs and governmental bodies makes it possible to gain an overview which activities are carried out where, when, how and by who.
Additionally, open data can be used as a communication tool, monitoring & evaluation tool, information and knowledge management system and create track records.
Unleash your data
It is our hope that more organizations will join the open development movement and share their data in an open and transparent manner. The more organizations, companies and other bodies there are that make their data sets available and IATI compliant, the easier it will be to see who’s doing what, where, with what resources and results, as well as with which partners and in which regions. IATI-compliant data files can be compared and linked to one another.
We want to learn a lot from organizations that publish their data, just like we do, thus enabling us all to do what we do more and more effectively. Only then will the kind of effective co-creation, that allows us all to work together towards a better world, be possible.