Consultation Announcement: IATI Data Quality Index - get involved!

  • Aug. 12, 2021

As part of the IATI Strategic Plan (2020-2025) we are committed to support current and new publishers to meet the highest standards of data quality. One of the steps in this process will be by updating the IATI Publishing Statistics pages on our website and suggesting new assessment areas to measure progress more effectively. In order to achieve this, we will develop a Data Quality Index (DQI) through a consultative process with IATI community members. The aim of this consultation is to reach agreement with the IATI community on what good quality IATI data looks like and how this can be further promoted, including through a set of revised data quality measures for all IATI publishers, to be implemented in a new DQI and available through our website.

We are very pleased to announce the launch of the consultation on September 1st and we’d like to invite you to get involved!

Who is the consultation for:

This consultation is relevant and open to all IATI community members, including both publishers and data users. We want to ensure that we hear the views of all stakeholder groups including governments, multilateral organisations, development finance institutions, international and national NGOs, and private sector organisations. We also welcome and encourage participation by people with different levels of IATI knowledge.

The consultation will be undertaken in two phases on IATI Connect and participants will have opportunities to learn more and contribute through a webinar and sessions at our second Virtual Community Event:

Discussion 1 (September/ October): What are the most important dimensions of good quality IATI data relevant for all types of IATI publishers?

Discussion 2 (November/ December): Review and feedback on the proposed IATI Data Quality Index technical methodology based on agreed measures in Discussion 1.

The first phase (Discussion 1) of the consultation will be clear and accessible to all participants at all levels of familiarity with IATI. When the discussion on the methodology starts (Discussion 2), a level of technical understanding and knowledge of the IATI Standard would be beneficial for participants. Contributions can be made and read in any language through IATI Connect.

How to get involved:

Please visit IATI Connect and click the ‘follow content’ button at the top of the DQI Discussion to stay up to date on any news regarding the launch of this DQI Consultation.

Take note of the following important dates:

  • 1 September: Discussion 1 : background paper with proposed measures developed by the Secretariat will be shared for community feedback on IATI Connect;
  • 30 September: Deadline for written feedback from the community;
  • Beginning of October: Summary of feedback received to date shared on IATI Connect
  • Mid- October: Sessions at the IATI Virtual Community Event (VCE II) (12-13 October) and discussion webinar week commencing 18 October to present agreed measures and give an opportunity for final feedback;
  • Mid - November: Discussion 2: technical methodology paper shared with the community;
  • Beginning of December: deadline for feedback from the community and proposed methodology agreed

We look forward to your engagement in the consultation! If you have any additional questions, please contact us at [email protected].