Data for Policy

Throughout Asia, governments and citizens are taking innovative approaches to collecting, digitizing, analyzing, and visualizing data to improve local decision-making processes. Civ-Tech organizations are using novel approaches to collecting and disseminating citizen perceptions and opinions, and enabling greater participation in policymaking, while Gov-Tech actors are improving the ways in which government bureaucracies function. They are important actors in Asia’s burgeoning data ecosystems. Collaborating with both, in numerous locations, the Foundation acts as an intermediary, convening and facilitating dialogue and building diverse partnerships between governments, civil society, citizens, and the private sector to improve the collection and use of data in governance.

Evidence-Based Policymaking: A Path to Data Culture

May 17, 2023

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Using and sharing data systematically could make local development in Nepal far more effective.


Data-Driven Policymaking in Cambodia: Progress and Challenges

August 31, 2022

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To meet its commitment to become a middle-income country by 2030 and a high-income country by 2050, Cambodia must continue to raise its data-for-policymaking game.


A Short Workshop Guide to Positioning Data for Development Initiatives for Scaling

April 18, 2021


Over a three-month period in 2020, The Asia Foundation’s office in Myanmar and Saraswati, an Indonesian company that promotes development innovation, collaborated to help teams working on Data for Development (D4D) initiatives explore how to scale their impact. We set out to develop a set of guiding questions, construct online interactive workshop-… Read more


In the Wreckage of the Pandemic, A Hundred Questions about Data and Governance

March 3, 2021

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From disinformation, to climate change, to the future of work, the answers are in the data if we ask the right questions. An innovative program from the GovLab at NYU is crowdsourcing the questions about the world’s most pressing development problems.