Data Governance

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Weren’t all of us in our early childhood fascinated by how maps could carry us to faraway continents, countries, rivers, mountains, and oceans? The way we see the world today is largely shaped by the images of physical and political maps that we pored over in our school atlases. In the age of data explosion, mammoth data sets are being…

Whether you are looking to improve your business performance or measure the effectiveness of policy decisions or simply enhance processes in your organization, choosing and tracking the right metrics is vital. This is where Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) are extremely useful. At Atlan, we have had the opportunity to work with a wide variety of high-level decision makers who look…

On July 15, 2016, a group within the Turkish Armed Forces tried to seize control of the Turkish government. The attempted coup ended a day later when forces loyal to President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan beat back the dissidents. Predictably, there was an explosion of news articles and commentary about the coup, its implications for Turkey, and how this coup compared to previous coups. However, we noticed something odd in these articles.…

In recent years, organizations and employees are being measured not on their stories, but on their numbers. When you introduce your organization, people will always ask you about your numbers — What’s your reach? What’s your impact? Meanwhile, funders and senior management are running after the concepts of big data — year-over-year increase in reach, impact measurements, geographic comparisons, and…

Cross tabulation is a method to quantitatively analyze the relationship between multiple variables. Also known as contingency tables or cross tabs, cross tabulation groups variables to understand the correlation between different variables. It also shows how correlations change from one variable grouping to another. It is usually used in statistical analysis to find patterns, trends, and probabilities within raw data. When…

India is currently divided into 36 administrative states and union territories, which are further divided into districts and more granular units. Districts in India are the third geographic layer for data dissemination after national and state-level setups. Many agencies — such as the Census of India, Reserve Bank of India, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Directorate of Economics and…

Quantitative research is irreplaceable when you want to count things and measure trends. The data gathered is usually statistically analyzed and used in guiding better decisions. From quick surveys to guide daily decision making to large consumer research studies, quantitative studies are useful to gather data on a wide variety of questions. Is there a demand or need for your…

The two basic approaches to research are commonly known as quantitative and qualitative research. Quantitative research typically counts and measures things, and derives meaning out of the data by analyzing it using statistical models. Qualitative research, by its name, is a way of gathering descriptions, perspectives and other detailed information by in-depth study of the issue and its stakeholders. Let…

“Do schools get their money?” This is one of the key questions which drives the PAISA (Planning, Allocations and Expenditures, Institutions: Studies in Accountability) project at Accountability Initiative (AI). Tracking financial flows in the Indian social sector for research and advocacy can be a challenging. To understand the role of data in advancing transparency and accountability, we spoke to Ms.…