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Lu Sevier '16 on AidData experience

Lu Sevier is one of approximately 20 summer fellows and 120 students at AidData. She has trained and managed a team of 13 research assistants and interns who have geocoded 1,035 World Bank projects and around 4,500 projects in Afghanistan, Rwanda, Burundi, Colombia and Somalia for the Hewlett Foundation, the Department of Defense and the African Development Bank.

AidData’s new ‘Marketplace of Ideas for Policy Change’ report reveals how external influences shape developing country reforms

Despite the considerable time, money and effort expended by donors, international organizations, and NGOs to influence policy change in developing countries, there is a lack of understanding about how they can most effectively influence reform efforts on the ground. In a new report launched today, AidData draws upon the firsthand experiences and observations of nearly 6,750 policymakers and practitioners in 126 developing countries to answer these critical questions.

Mapping recovery

William & Mary students participate in crowdsource mapping to provide data to the relief effort underway following a devastating earthquake in Nepal.

Recent Study on Health Aid Highlights Its Effectiveness and the Need to Examine Sub-National Data

According to scholars on both sides of the health aid debate, the debate is over. Those who declare that health aid works and those who maintain that health aid fails both claim consensus. Macro-level studies condemn health aid as minimally effective in the aggregate while praise for health aid’s benefits comes form project level analyses. AidData’s sub-nationally geocoded development data enable an important new approach to move the debate forward, one of analyzing aid distribution and impact within a country.

AidData Summer Fellows Empower Organizations to Use Data for Change

In June 2014, twenty-one student researchers from seven universities traveled to Nepal, Uganda, Timor-Leste, Senegal, and Mexico to serve as AidData Summer Fellows. This article details four fellows' experiences working with different local organizations- including universities, think tanks, government line ministries, and civil society groups- to equip them to leverage geocoded data to solve development challenges in their own communities, through program planning, advocacy, and research.

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TechCon: Reviewing the past, improving the future

Students from eight university labs, USAID staffers and international development leaders convened Nov. 16-18 to evaluate what they've done and where they're going.

Housing international data in a new home

ITPIR and AidData host an open house at their new headquarters on Scotland Street. Guests are wowed with the volume, caliber of work being done.

AidData Partner Develops Automated Geocoding System

The Qatar Computing Research Institute (QCRI), AidData's newest official partner, has developed a system for the World Bank that automates the geocoding of all Bank-financed projects and enables more efficient mapping of the projects for monitoring and evaluation.