When publishing IATI data, organisations should consider how to achieve the following:
- Coverage - IATI data should represent a significant proportion of the development cooperation activities undertaken by the organisation.
- Scope - IATI data should cover as many of the relevant fields outlined in the standard as possible.
- Sense - IATI data should be represented in units that are manageable for the publisher and meaningful for the user - particularly when focusing on aggregation of transaction data.
When providing comprehensive IATI data, publishers should also consider:
- Organisations can state the scope and scale of their IATI publication in an Implementation Schedule.
- Exclusions and redactions can be made for a variety of reasons, usually security of personnel or property, or for reasons of client or commercial confidentiality.
- Expenditure data in a lot of detail- such as an individual train journey or cup of coffee - may be best avoided in IATI transactions. Many publishers aggregate expenditure items around certain cost areas, and by monthly/quarterly timeframes.
It’s useful to access comprehensive IATI data because:
- When IATI data is comprehensive, users of information can gain a fuller picture of the extent of development cooperation happening in different locations around the world.