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Big data for development: a primer

In one of its proof-of-concept projects, Global Pulse attempted to find out whether social media can add depth to unemployment statistics.

An exploratory look at public sector innovation in GCC countries

Research into individual innovation cases allows for comparisons and generalisations to be made. In 2011, NESTA in the United Kingdom piloted a survey attempting to identify the most important sources of innovation in the national public sector, targeting members of the National Health Service (NHS) and local government organisations. A similar approach was taken by the EU Innobarometer in 2010 and when the two surveys are compared, a broadly similar distribution of innovation sources was revealed. Through the analysis of individual innovation cases, patterns were identified.

A policy guide for implementing essential interventions for reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health (RMNCH)

The Multidimensional Continuum of Care for Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (RMNCH) was put in place in various jurisdictions around the world. The RMNCH includes integrated service delivery for mothers and children that focuses on two main dimensions: time (i.e. from pre-pregnancy, including family planning services and empowerment of adolescent girls, to delivery, the immediate postnatal period, and childhood) and place or level of care (i.e. families and communities, through outpatient services, clinics and other health facilities).

United Nations e-government survey 2014

The “Mwana” project in Zambia, launched in 2010 with support from the Ministry of Health and UNICEF, has reduced delays in transmitting results from HIV test laboratories to health facilities via instant SMS message from 66 days to 33 on average in the country’s rural and underserved communities. In addition to strengthening early infant diagnosis and improving the rate of postnatal follow-up, Mwana proved successful in engaging with local health workers and service users in the co-design of m-health information services.

A policy guide for implementing essential interventions for reproductive, maternal, newborn and child health (RMNCH)

Put in place in various jurisdictions around the world, the Multidimensional Continuum of Care for Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (RMNCH) is another example in this regard.

Framing social inclusion policies

The Multidimensional Continuum for the Homeless in the US is a complex continuum put in place to assist people living in shelters transfer into transitional houses, get ready for jobs, undergo drug and alcohol treatment, (re)establish contacts with families, and finally find a permanent home alongside long-term support services to help ensure they remain housed. Cutting across sectors, time and levels, this continuum is argued to be as multidimensional and transversal as the exclusion it strives to combat.

Eleventh Malaysia plan 2016-2020: anchoring growth on people

The Eleventh Malaysia Plan (2016-2020) is an example of setting inclusion as an overarching goal. The strategy identifies inclusion as one of the country’s six “strategic thrusts”. In addition to making it a standalone priority, the document integrates indicators of inclusion under the rest of its major areas of concern. 

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