Data Innovations

Good data is essential to ensure well-targeted, effective development policies and programmes. Today, innovation in how we gather, analyse and use data is creating unparalleled opportunities to gain insights and information in support of development and poverty reduction. UN Development Operations Coordination Office has been supporting UN country teams around the world to begin to harness the power of these new ways of working with data.

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Collective Intelligence

More and more, the UN is adopting innovative approaches to engage citizens in providing opinion, guidance, and experience to inform programme design and development. This includes finding new ways to reach out to under-represented groups; using mobile technology to support broader outreach; and new ways to support richer engagement – for example using storytelling or video.

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Foresight and alternative futures

Foresight and alternative futures are an emerging methods which helps people plan in ways that can handle volatility, complexity and uncertainty. These approaches are particularly relevant for sustainable development planning as they encourage a longer term planning horizon – often thinking 15-50 years into the future instead of annual or 5 year planning.

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