Result Data Initiative I

Client: Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Assignment: Baseline Study to establish how data result is used for development in Tanzania
Expertise: Deployment of combined qualitative approaches Semi Structured and Key Informant Interviews (KI)


In 2017 Development Gateway (DG) contracted DataVision International Limited to undertake a baseline study on how results data is used for development. DataVision and DG mobilized researchers and conducted 140 in-depth, semi-structured interviews with respondents working locally in the health and agriculture sectors from 17 districts in six regions in mainland Tanzania. These included government officials, DPs, and civil society organizations (CSOs) in Dar-es-Salaam, Dodoma, Mwanza, Arusha, Kigoma, and Ruvuma regions which were selected to represent varied agro-ecological zones and economic diversity. Our focus on two sectors enabled a more in-depth exploration of data issues.


Key insights includes:

  • Results information is reported and aggregated upward, but not often used to inform which programs to pursue or where to allocate scarce budgets;
  • Often, the right data are not available to inform government decisions about projects to pursue, policies to set, or where budget should go; and,
  • Moreover, government officials often lack the skills, tools, and mandate to analyze and use results data to inform decisions.