USAID Data Services
USAID Data Services (also known as ADVISE - Analytics, Data, Visualization, and Information Services) is the follow-on contract to the Economic Analysis and Data Services (EADS) project, which DevTech has managed for over 20 years. DevTech is tasked with integrating all of USAID’s data products and services working directly for and with USAID’s Bureau for Management and the Chief Information Officer (M/CIO).
DevTech is responsible for ensuring that the Agency’s development outcomes are supported by evidence through:
- Enhancing the internal and external availability of USAID data and information via technology platforms, policy, guidance, standards, governance, and best practices in data curation;
- Improving the overall access, satisfaction, and ease-of-use of USAID data and information services, both internally and externally, through compelling web design, visualizations, reports, dashboards, infographics, and geospatial products.
- Broadening global awareness of USAID’s data and information services to drive demand and to promote dialogue and feedback from end users; and
- Bolstering the Agency’s capacity to use data and information via training and the provision of demand-driven analytical services.
Under the USAID Data Services contract, DevTech continues to manage the EADS Platforms as well as USAID’s Knowledge Services Center (including the Development Experience Clearinghouse), the Development Data Library, and the Enterprise Reporting Portal (ERP).
EADS is USAID’s central source for U.S. foreign assistance data, international socioeconomic data, and data-driven analysis in support of USAID goals. EADS manages six databases and five public websites (https://eads.usaid.gov), containing data from across the Agency, U.S. Government, and international development organizations. EADS generates the data in three of the databases through data calls to USG agencies, different parts of USAID and USAID partners. The fourth database collects international socioeconomic data from reputable sources and makes them available to USAID, its partners and the public, through unique data visualizations and tools on one convenient site. The six databases are the following:
- Foreign Aid Database - contains all US government foreign assistance data from 1946 to the present. This data is available publicly via the Foreign Aid Explorer (FAE) website.
- Economic and Social Database - collects global country level economic and social data and makes the data easily accessible to USAID staff and the public on the International Data and Economic Analysis (IDEA) website. IDEA features the Country Dashboard, which is an interactive data visualization tool that allows users to compare a country with selected groups of countries and assess its progress over time. The Dashboard compares countries across eight sectors, 45 subsectors, and 335 indicators and provides the most up-to-date data.
- Trade Capacity Building Database - reports all trade capacity building activities from the U.S. government.
- Microenterprise Results Reporting Database - source of data for USAID’s reporting of its microenterprise supporting activities in compliance with the Microenterprise Results and Accountability Act (MRAA) of 2004.
- Foreign Assistance Data Redaction System (FADRS) – has helped to institutionalize redactions by housing all redaction requests in a central web interface. It has also streamlined the process of reporting and protected the privacy of staff by making it easier to remove personally identifiable information.
- Tying Status Aid Database (TSAD) - reporting tied/untied procurement/grant actions to the OECD, Department of the Treasury, and the Export-Import Bank of the U.S.
International Aid Transparency Initiative: DevTech assists USAID with reporting on its foreign assistance activities within the IATI standard, which aims to improve the transparency of aid and development resources among the international community.
Training: The Finding and Using Development Data (FUDD) course trains USAID staff on how to access development data sources, and how to approach data selection, handling and reporting with attention to data quality. The class is offered several times per year.
Help Desk Support: DevTech offers help desk support on the use of all USAID Data Services products and platforms to assist USAID staff and the broader community with using these tools to their full advantage.
Responding to Direct Requests for Data Analysis: DevTech USAID Data Services staff respond to frequent data and analytical requests. The staff are experienced economists and data scientists who are able to meet research requests of all levels.