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Date: 2022-07-01 Page is: DBtxt001.php L0700-MM-data-at-the-center-01
ELEMENTS OF MANAGEMENT
DATA AT THE CENTER
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These graphics were prepared in the context of Community Centric Sustainable Development in the 1990s, more than twenty years ago to illustrate the idea that data should be at the center of all development initiatives starting with the planning phase, and ending with the data that shows impact and the post activity results.
The thinking originated with consulting work I had done for the World Bank and the United Nations where I observed the disconnect between what was being planned by experts and approved by senior officials in big capital cities and what was needed for the realities of poor economies and especially remote small towns and communities around the world.
Data are used at every step of the planning process ... and then during implementation.

In the case of 'projects', data are used at every stage of the project cycle.

Data are used at every step of the planning process ... and then during implementation.

In the case of 'projects', data are used at every stage of the project cycle.

Data are used at every step of the planning process ... and then during implementation.

In the case of 'projects', data are used at every stage of the project cycle.

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Data at the Center

Detail data should be collected as rapidly as pssible to inform decision makes about what is working or not and decisions made to improve performance in a timely manner.

This graphic shows how data may be used to inform decisions at every stage of the process of development investment.

With detail data it is possible to identify the constraints on development and to take steps to improve progress and performance.

This progress shows how the situation changes over time, and how data continues to be updated so as to maintain development momentum.

This progress shows how the situation changes over time, and how data continues to be updated so as to maintain development momentum.

This progress shows how the situation changes over time, and how

This progress shows how the situation changes over time, and how data continues to be updated so as to maintain development momentum.

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Data and the Process of Development

This graphic shows how initial status gets improved as a result of the activities ... activities that are planned, organized and implemented based on the data that is centric to everything.

Data are used at every step of the planning process ... and then during implementation. In the case of 'projects', data are used at every stage of the project cycle.

This progress shows how the situation changes over time, and how data continues to be updated so as to maintain development momentum.

This progress shows how the situation changes over time, and how data continues to be updated so as to maintain development momentum.

The next graphic shows how initial status gets improved as a result of the activities ... activities that are planned, organized and implemented based on the data that is centric to everything.

This progress shows how the situation changes over time, and how data continues to be updated so as to maintain development momentum.

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Data and the Progress of Development
This graphic was prepared more than twenty years ago in the context of Community Centric Sustainable Development to illustrate the idea that data should be at the center of all community development starting with the planning phase, and ending with the data that shows impact and post activity results. Well planned and implemented activities improve the state of the community.

Initially there are many things that need to be fixed. Data are needed to establish a baseline state and to plan a strategy for improvement

After that there is the need to get organized to implement the improvement strategy. All the time there is accumulation of data, the analysis of data, and improvement based on what the data show.

The biggest stage is implementation. Again there is a cycle of data collection, data analysis and feedback to improve performance. The effectiveness of most implementation depends heavily on the strength of the feedback process.

Over time the number of things that need to be fixed goes down and the 'fixed things' accumulates, and with it quality of life. Eventually almost everything is fixed ... and the process is then used to maintain the good situation.


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