Data for Good Exchange India: Data Matters | Enabling Data Empowerment for India’s Most Vulnerable
Landscape Study, January 2021
India is an untapped well of raw information, and to turn that information into data-driven insights that fuel development, we need to ask the right questions. While great progress has already been made, there are still many opportunities to improve how data is collected, presented, and funded. We must address challenges around leveraging data for swift and effective decision-making to drive more efficient allocation of funds, more effective service delivery, higher accountability, and ultimately, more meaningful impact. We need to shift the conversation from data owners to data users and transform our data systems to empower society's most vulnerable — through improved awareness, access, and agency — to become "first-mile data users". Data Matters explores the barriers, opportunities, and innovations that exist today within Indian civil society and philanthropy to accelerate this transformation, and rewrite India’s data narrative to be more equitable and empowering.