Stats Brief, December 2014 (Issue no. 03): Data revolution: Harnessing the power of statistics

Stats Brief, December 2014 (Issue no. 03): Data revolution: Harnessing the power of statistics

Date: 
Friday, December 19, 2014
Type: 
Public information and advocacy materials
Abstract

Modern societies are characterized by high-tech computers, the Internet and huge amounts of data generated by the digital footprint of modern lives. Despite all this data the world learned a very obvious but valuable lesson from the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) – without data it is not possible to set baselines or monitor progress towards the achievement of the development targets. As a consequence, the Secretary-General’s High-level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda called for a “new data revolution” for sustainable development. This Stats Brief aims to synthesize a data revolution definition and raise some important questions to increase the understanding of the data revolution.

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