This research project “Harnessing Open Data to Achieve Development Results in Latin America and the Caribbean”, was executed by the Caribbean Open Institute as part of a larger collaboration with partners ILDA, Fundacion Avina, ECLAC and the OAS. The project builds on the earlier work and outcomes of the IDRC-funded study “Open Data in the Caribbean – 106099-004”, and seeks to provide evidence-based research that contributes to understanding the relationship between open data initiatives and socioeconomic development in the Caribbean.
The overall research program was conducted in the following structured phases:
1. Mapping/Scoping Studies – four (4) comprehensive studies were completed in key sectors in the Caribbean, including the identification of key sector stakeholders, policies or initiatives as well as public data practices and policy that provide potential enablers or constraints for Open Data opportunities and interventions.
2. Strategic Interventions – Based on the information gathered through the mapping/scoping exercise, 4 x strategic interventions are currently being implemented in key sectors related to one or more of the following issues: governance structures, capacity/community building, standards development and inclusion/cognitive divide. These strategic initiatives are geared towards developing the open data ecosystems and testing / validating core “theories of change”
3. Research Evaluation & Dissemination – critical evaluation of the outcomes of the interventions were guided by the robust application of the Outcome Mapping methodology for the research design, monitoring & evaluation.