From reporting to decision-making - How digital technologies are evolving data utilization to enable better decisions

ActivityInfo participated in the gLOCAL Evaluation Week (May 30 - June 3), an event that promotes global and local M&E knowledge-sharing for improved development outcomes.

During the gLOCAL Evaluation Week, the ActivityInfo team hosted the panel discussion “From Reporting To Decision-making: How Digital Technologies Are Evolving Data Utilization To Enable Better Decisions”.

During this panel discussion we discussed how data utilization has evolved from donor-centric reporting to more complex data analysis that helps unlock insights informing important decisions about how programmes should be run.

We explored different perspectives on how this evolution is taking place and we discussed the topic with M&E practitioners coming from a wide range of humanitarian and development fields.

More specifically, the themes of the discussion revolved around:

  • The practical impact of digital technologies on data utilization at various levels in the organization
  • How digital technologies are giving rise to more useful information products
  • How organizations are using digital technologies to better coordinate data utilization across stakeholders
  • How new digital technologies are influencing the way that knowledge is generated, preserved and disseminated

The panelists participating in this panel discussion are:

  • Megan Passey, Head of Knowledge and Learning at International Cocoa Initiative
  • Klaus Minihuber, Head of Effectiveness and Innovation at Light for the World
  • Shodmon Hojibekov, Chief Executive Officer at Aga Khan Agency for Habitat Afghanistan
  • John Paul Nyeko, Senior Monitoring and Evaluation Advisor at AVSI Uganda

Alex Bertram and Jeric Kison from the ActivityInfo team were moderating and offering their insights during the discussion too.