The lack of a comprehensive data analytics and visualization portal in the Philippines showing real-time macro-socioeconomic data was highlighted in my current research, Data for Development (D4D): A Study Towards Building a Comprehensive Data Analytics and Visualization Portal for National and Local Development in the Philippines.
I am grateful to have the opportunity to be one of the Principal Researchers under the 2021 Research Program of the Graduate School of Public Management and Development of the Philippine Development Academy (DAP) under the theme: Reimagining the future of sustainability today.
We approach this study in different ways by looking at the experiences and models of other countries as well as the existing platforms available and already operational in the Philippines and abroad. The main methodology also involved a multi-layered survey. The survey surveyed key informants involved in key CEO and management levels in their fields spanning a variety of areas.
The most used types of data came mainly from internal data (or self-generated data), data from portals or specific sources, data from government offices and portals, general data from the Internet and research data ordered.
The least difficult part for most respondents is processing the data, while the most difficult in the Philippines is gathering and gathering data as it is scattered across different platforms. There are government data portals that have downloadable data and are user friendly but are not updated in a timely manner so their data is three or even five years old. Unlike private companies, which leverage digital technologies, data is always fresh and new.
All respondents said that it is extremely ideal to use data for decision-making because we need data to support facts in all sectors, especially government, academia and industry. Data should come from a reputable and credible portal or source that leads to sound decisions, instead of tailored data that can lead to biased decisions.
When work or performance is based on providing services to customers or customers, customer data or surveys are very important to the organization. Before making any decision or strategy, it is best to always review data or ideas from our stakeholders to ensure accuracy and effectiveness. An informed business decision can guide product development, iteration, and service design or delivery. Continuous improvement should ideally be based on facts and information about actual business performance. Future programs are based on existing data because data-driven governance is more beneficial and advantageous.
Knowing where we are based on key indicators and baselines would help identify the real issues and concerns in society and enable the government or institutions to develop plans and strategies to address them simultaneously, ensuring funds are used in the right programs. Major institutions promote evidence-based decision-making and practice. Data is therefore crucial for all our products or services.
Seventy-seven percent of respondents say data is an asset to the public sector. Better collection, processing, storage, and distribution of data are key to generating the useful insights necessary for a functioning data-driven economy and governance. Public services can be better managed if there is a good understanding of the needs of the public, and therefore data is essential for this success. The type of public service that results from data analysis and has the most impact on the community. The services offered to the public must reflect the real needs and the challenges encountered. This perspective can only be taken with the help of data. Data is an asset because it is the main source for solving the relevant problems we seek to solve; and should therefore be an integral part of government operations and policy-making. Without baseline data and trends, we cannot measure our performance.
Through the use of data, we can accurately measure, observe, predict and formulate the best solutions and instill transparency.
We still need to complete the study by conducting high-level interviews and creating mock-ups. For those interested in participating or supporting the study, they can search my site: jocellebatapasigue.com.