This evaluation asks, “How effectively has the World Bank supported the production, sharing, and use of development data?” It reviews World Bank support for developing countries’ capacity and data systems, data for the national and global public good, engagements in international
partnerships, and technological innovations, particularly relating to big data. The World Bank supports data production, sharing, and use through lending, technical assistance, and trust fund grants. This evaluation covers all three forms of support, though not in equal depth. (Appendix A
describes IEG’s methodology for this evaluation.) The reference period is from 2004 (since the launch of the Marrakech Action Plan for Statistics) through the end of 2016, a period in which the World Bank’s approach to data support underwent change (World Bank 2011).
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