Advocating for More Usable and Accessible Data
InterAction believes that transparency is fundamental for effective international development and humanitarian assistance. We believe everyone – whether citizens, NGOs, governments, academia, donors, the media, or the private sector – should have access to timely, reliable data about assistance, and that that data should be presented in useful, practical ways.
To work towards this goal, InterAction launched the NGO Aid Map Data Quality Award, created with the belief that better quality data is more usable data. The five-month competition encouraged our members to improve the quality of their data on NGO Aid Map by evaluating three dimensions of data quality: comprehensiveness, completeness, and timeliness.
Our members showed a high level of commitment to this work. More than 30 organizations participated and the winning organization, the National Cooperative Business Association CLUSA (NCBA/CLUSA), achieved a perfect score in all three dimensions. Even those who didn’t participate directly showed a dedication to open data; in 2015, NGO Aid Map recorded close to 7,500 active projects from more than 100 organizations.
InterAction launched the NGO Aid Map Data Quality Award, created with the belief that better quality data is more usable data.
InterAction also became a member of the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) in 2015.
InterAction began publishing information on its grant-funded activities in March 2015 and serves as one of the co-chairs of the IATI CSO Working Group. Several of its members voluntarily publish data to IATI as well. For those looking to get started, we published a blog describing our “One-Click Process.”
This is just the beginning. InterAction will continue to invest in ways to make our organization and community more open, and the data we share more relevant and accessible. We look forward to innovative solutions and further collaborations to make that objective a reality.