On June 20th 2014, a validation workshop on the Post-2015 Data Test was hosted by Policy Research for Development (REPOA) in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. The workshop is part of the peer review process in the study. A draft version of the Tanzania report was presented to nearly 20 participants representing various stakeholders including government, civil society and international development organizations. At the workshop, a number of key challenges were identified.
Participants noted that the majority of available data to measure progress is spotty for the seven potential goal areas covered by the study. Another challenge pertains to ensuring that indicators to measure key priorities are SMART (i.e., Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Time-bound).
Stakeholders at the workshop also noted that significant financial and personnel constraints to both users and producers of data exist. This raises questions on how efforts to measure progress on Post-2015, supported through a Data Revolution, can ensure that all components of the data-transparency-accountability supply chain – including producers, analysts, policymakers and civil society – are sufficiently resourced and enabled to play their role. Finally, it was emphasized that an ongoing challenge in the Tanzanian context is that no agreed platform across different sectors for data harmonization exists. Going forward, this will be an important area of work in the Post-2015 context.
Following on the Validation Workshop, REPOA will be finalizing the Tanzania case study based on feedback from participants.