Digital Development Compass

The Digital Development Compass is the most extensive collection of publicly available data sets on digital indicators. The Compass, which was developed through an innovative partnership with GitHub, is UNDP’s latest tool supporting member states’ with their digital transformation journeys. It aggregates and synthesizes digital development indicators from over 180 public data sources into interactive dashboards across the pillars of UNDP’s digital transformation framework.

The Compass is currently in its BETA version, and will be officially launched in mid-2023.

UNDP’s Digital Transformation Framework

Benefits of the Compass

The Compass helps:

  • Countries better analyse the challenges they face in their digital transformation and how to best address them.
  • Donors better identify areas that need funding.
  • UNDP better track the progress and impact of its programmes.

Function of the Compass

The Compass provides a score that assess the digital maturity of a country across several key aspects of UNDP’s digital transformation framework such as business, foundations, government, infrastructure, people, regulation and strategy.

This enables data-informed decisionmaking by ministries, government agencies, civil society, businesses and other actors on priorities, policies, and investments in order to advance digital transformation. The information available on each country is based on 189 publicly available data sources.

Example:

Understanding Digital Moldova

For instance, under the Government Pillar, Digital Public Services ranks well while Funding and Procurement has a relatively low score. This indicates a need for improvement. Additionally, there is missing data on Leadership and Coordination, and Monitoring and Capabilities under theGovernment Pillar. This indicates a need for further research. This could be through UNDP’s Digital Readiness Assessment or the UN Capital Development Fund’s’s SDG Digital Finance Ecosystem assessment (SDFE).

Methodology

We use automations to scrape spreadsheets, PDFs, and documents into a machine-readable format. Scripts normalize the data according to a UN-defined list of countries, regions, sub-regions, income groups, and territorial borders. Data is automatically updated when international organizations release new reports. All code and data is transparent and available as a global resource on GitHub, on the path to becoming a Digital Public Good. Visit https://github.com/undp/digital-development-compass to see the latest.

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The Data Futures Platform is a project of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). UNDP works to eradicate poverty while protecting the planet. We help countries develop strong policies, skills, partnerships, and institutions so they can sustain their progress.

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This platform is powered by data from:
World Health Organization
IN PARTNERSHIP WITH
Government of Japan
Microsoft
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