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The Planning, Monitoring and Reporting module (PMR) assists to the goals of Ins4Outs in three ways: a) planning of the actions (activities) and data collection needed to obtain the required results, b) monitoring of the obtained results stored in the database that can export data to Open Data databases, and c) reporting the planned and obtained results to the various stakeholders.

PMR is a modular platform to collect and store data in a generic format to ensure maximum re-usability. It encourages the sharing of data, by means of ´subscriptions´ to data series that are collected by any user, and serves also as a source of open data that can be used for tables, maps and charts. It can convert data from multiple sources into the generic format. This contributes to an improved efficiency in data-collection (only a limited number of projects is needed to collect data), as well as better data-quality (stakeholders can concentrate on their own specific field of expertise with regard to data collection).

Operation in environments without stable Internet connections is ensured by options to use e-mail to upload data in a MS Excel format. The files are automatically processed and the user receives feedback by e-mail.

PMR is not just about data itself, it also contributes to the operationalisation of monitoring by alerting users when certain data is due, and by providing the administrators of the system with information on which data is late.

PMR includes a ‘Report Definition Module’ that allows users to define their own reports (e.g. SDG indicators), and run them automatically at certain intervals. They can even have them sent to their e-mail in-boxes. Users can also download and/or link to the data using a webservice that returns data in a standard format (XML/JSON).

PMR has also the ability to gain insight of the data-collector through the linkage with DevSAT. It is also linked to the I-ToC through the indicators that are used to plan, measure and assess key points in the ToC. This helps to keep monitoring efficient, only data is collected that is used to assess the execution of development activities, assessment of results and monitoring the environment in which development takes place.

Data from one organisation to be used by another for increase in tangible results.

Open Data together with ‘My data’ can provide a much complete picture of the puzzle (e.g. SDG indicators) that is needed to make the right decisions towards the realization of the SDGs.

From data to impact

In many developing countries, increasing agricultural production is the primary pathway towards sustainable development. However, a huge amount of data to support the required change is not accessible due to fragmentation of efforts and ‘sitting on data’. The on-going movement to stimulate Open Data and its access bring the needed change.

       Teaching someone how to collect and interpret data is only worthwhile if he understands that his data is only one piece of the puzzle. Data can be misinterpreted easily for the benefits of the collector. Transparency in data collection and sharing data among peers can help to increase its value

Open Data

Data are considered to be “open” if anyone can freely access, use, re-use and redistribute them, for any purpose, without restrictions.