Get involved in the DFID data experiment

Podira and her husband Julian are members of their older people's group.

To ensure that everyone benefits from the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and that we Leave No One Behind, the Department for International Development (DFID) are asking people to get involved in their Open Policy-Making experiment.

For vulnerable groups to receive the full benefit of the SDGs, we first need to break down the data we gather – for example, by age group. If we can learn what affects each age group and how much, we can tailor our approach – using funding more effectively and designing programmes that will go further to achieving the SDGs. Help improve age disaggregated data.

Why is Age International involved?

Good data is the bedrock of good development. We campaigned to make certain the SDGs took into account older people. Now we want to make sure governments can deliver on these promises. Along with DFID, we are committed to ensuring that older people are involved at every step of the implementation of the SDGs, and that we fulfil the commitment to Leave No One Behind.

Age International and our partner HelpAge International have produced a paper that explains why data on older people is important and the challenges of getting it:

Can you answer these questions?

DFID is seeking a range of different perspectives to tackle this issue. They have been reaching out to experts, academics and partners to help them to shape their work in this area. They are seeking answers to these questions:

  • What experiences do you have with expanding household surveys to cover all age ranges?
  • What are the pros and cons of expanding data collection to all age ranges?
  • What experience do you have of surveys which have deliberately boosted samples for specific age groups or surveys designed to target certain specific age groups? What are the pros and cons of this approach?
  • Other than providing funds — how can partners be encouraged to expand household survey age ranges?

We need your input to understand how to make data disaggregation a reality. If you can answer any of these questions, we and DFID want to hear from you. Let’s ensure the SDGs leave no one behind.

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