Too often international development projects fail to fully leverage data to support project planning and decision-making. Principle #5: Be Data Driven provides tips to identify the sources of and incorporate data project design and decision-making.
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- Design projects so that impact can be measured at discrete milestones with a focus on outcomes rather than outputs.
- Evaluate innovative solutions and areas where there are gaps in data and evidence.
- Use real-time information to monitor and inform management decisions at all levels.
- When possible, leverage data as a by-product of user actions and transactions for assessments.