The Digital Development Compass (DDC) is an exhaustive collection of a country’s digital
indicators, sourced from publicly available datasets that we have aggregated and made usable for the first time. The DDC was first created as a tool for UNDP’s work in supporting inclusive,
whole-of-society digital transformation with partners.
The DDC features hundreds of existing public data sets that provide indicators that provide
insights on a country’s progress in digital transformation. Users can interact with the data to
understand the digital state of any nation (based on publicly available data) and see
comparisons and recommendations. It is the biggest compilation of global datasets on digital,
aggregating and visualizing these metrics for the first time.
The DDC’s 189 data sets creates the first raw dataset of development data:
Each country can explore each pillar and sub-pillar to see its review strengths and weakness – according to existing public data. Each sub-pillar maps to a specific ‘maturity stage’. Each subpillar consists of any number of indicators. Indicators can be viewed by raw score or by DRA score. Percentage of data available is also displayed. Comparisons are possible between regions, sub-regions, and income group.
DDC enables users to see all the public data on digital related to Moldova, investigate where the strengths and weaknesses are, and see what impact improvements would have. For instance, identifying that under the Government Pillar, Digital Public Services ranks well while Funding and Procurement has a concerningly low score, indicating a need for improvement. Meanwhile the Government Pillar is missing data around Leadership and Coordination, Monitoring and Capabilities, indicating a need for further research, such as through UNDP’s
Digital Readiness Assessment or UNCDF’s SDG Digital Finance Ecosystem assessment (SDFE). Specific digital indicators are also available in an easy-to-understand format, making it quickly visible that on the World Bank’s Doing Business Index the rank is 73.54% or that 98% of the population is covered by mobile 3G data according to the GSMA.
Automations 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, & territorial borders. Data is automatically updated 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.
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.