iHub Research set out to study and assess the implementation and impacts of initiativesÂ that use data from Kenya Open Data Initiativeâs (KODI) portal (opendata.go.ke). TheseÂ initiatives include Code4Kenya, an outreach initiative supporting intermediaries to work withÂ government datasets to develop applications and services that make data more accessibleÂ and that improve governance, as well as independently created open data applications. TheÂ research aimed to explore the extent to which these open data applications affect accessÂ to and use of government information in relation to service delivery within the sectors ofÂ Water, Health and Education.
The research used a mixed method approach, which combined qualitative, quantitative andÂ experimental methods. This was necessary to provide a holistic view of the status of openÂ data awareness, access and use in the country and help us better understand the underlyingÂ factors that affect the roll out, adoption and use of open data. These methods includedÂ a literature review, a user perception survey, dashboard data analysis of the open dataÂ applications, in-depth interviews with key stakeholders and a user experience experimentÂ on three open data platforms. Findings from these techniques were aggregated and crossanalyzedÂ to measure the extent to which technology intermediaries have increased theÂ accessibility and utilization of open data in Kenya.