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Government Innovation Highlight of the Day: Data and Accountability


May 21, 2014

Doug Hadden, VP Products

Big data analytics techniques promise to transform government effectiveness. Academics, NGOs and some businesses are leveraging new analytics techniques with government open data to achieve insights. I’m looking forward to insights linking transparency and accountability today at the 28th. Annual International Consortium on Governmental Financial Management (ICGFM) conference in Miami. Dustin Homer, from our partner, Development Gateway, will be

providing some insight.

My view is that open data makes traditional statistical analysis more effective because through data quantities and oversight from civil society, information accuracy improves. And, new techniques of text analysis and collecting sensor information: the ‘variability’ element of big data, promises breakthroughs in government performance. Geo-coding, in particular, has been effective in rethinking development.

Open data + bigdata techniques will improve aid effectiveness.

Many observers have yet to see these breakthroughs. (Or, they fail acknowledge them.) It’s still early days. It’s as if a few years after the introduction of the printing press, pundits suggested that breakthrough learning had yet to occur. Or, that the invention of the novel had yet to happen.

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Doug Hadden

Doug Hadden

Executive Vice President, Innovation at FreeBalance
Doug is responsible for identifying new global markets, new technologies and trends, and new and enhanced internal processes. Doug leads a cross-functional international team that is responsible for developing product prototypes and innovative go-to-market strategies.

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