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Statistics and Monitoring

Counting on the (data) revolution

New data tools and programmes to advance children’s rights

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Dr. Shakhnoza Jumaniyazova, a medical specialist trained in child healthcare with UNICEF support, measures a girl’s height during a routine check-up in Uzbekistan.

Can the data revolution make a difference in the lives of children and their families? UNICEF says yes.

How many children in your neighbourhood are hungry?
How many are sick?
How many are out of school?

You might be willing to help – you are willing to help – but if you don’t know who or where these children are, how will you bring them food, take them to the doctor, get them to school? You need a map.

So do governments.

The data revolution can be harnessed for children and it can make their lives better. If governments and policy-makers know who is hungry and who is out of school – if these things can be accurately measured – then actions can be taken. Measurement can mean the beginning of change.

One thing UNICEF has learned through experience: Problems that go unmeasured often go unsolved. Consistent, credible data about children’s situations are critical to improving their lives – and indispensable to realizing every child’s rights.

Data underwrite advocacy and action on behalf of the world’s 2.2 billion children, providing governments with facts and statistics to make decisions and effect policy for children. New ways of collecting and using data will help target investments and interventions to reach the most vulnerable children.

Reaching the world’s most disadvantaged and marginalized children requires knowing who and where they are. UNICEF is launching new broad, detailed and searchable online data about children around the world. A boon for governments, researchers and journalists working on children’s rights, these innovative and redesigned online products allow for greater flexibility of use and a richer level of detail about many aspects of children’s lives globally.

Advancing children’s rights requires knowing where and who they are: UNICEF offers tools and programmes to help fill data gaps and map solutions.

 A redesigned and expanded data.unicef.org website
This enhanced format includes the latest data on children and women and employs a detailed, clean and visually intuitive display of data vetted by UNICEF analysts, with the new option to research by individual countries.

     o http://data.unicef.org 

• A beta version of the DevInfo.org Visualization Dashboard Builder
This new tool will offer a dashboard to facilitate data sharing – across government departments, NGO’s and United Nations agencies (think Google Analytics, but with UNICEF data), and continues to offer visualization of complex datasets, making large volumes of data easier to access and use, with a function to create well-designed tables, maps and graphs in an animated, interactive platform.

     o http://uni.cf/devinfodashboard  (Users will need to request access by emailing to data@unicef.org)

• A rich, fully featured database of child-related data on DevInfo.org
For the first time, all the trend data available in UNICEF global databases are featured in one place. A powerful system for tracking human development (based on DevInfo.org) now includes disaggregated data, including by gender, wealth quintile and other dimensions. Users are able to create well-designed tables, maps, and graphs in an interactive platform.

     o http://devInfo.org/unicefdata 

• A redesigned and expanded MICS (Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey) website
This site will include easier access to datasets for researchers, academics, government officials, etc. with intuitive content navigation and browsing experience, with MICS tools, resources, surveys and dissemination products. Over the course of two decades, close to 250 MICS surveys have been carried out in more than 100 countries, generating data on key indicators on the situation of children and women: data that help shape policies for the improvement of their lives. 2015 marks the twentieth anniversary of the global MICS programme.

     o http://mics.unicef.org




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