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Develop a governance database
A governance database is another primary facilitator for evidence-based policymaking. Data may inform planning and policy priorities and also may strengthen monitoring and evaluation of governance targets as articulated in national development plans. Developing a national database may be an important step in institutionalizing a culture of evidence-based policymaking.
Developing a national governance database enhances transparency and accountability by enabling citizens, civil society organizations, political parties, media and government to access information without prejudice or bias regarding a particular social group, and thus to monitor progress, trends and changes in the quality of governance.
Establishing a national governance database also makes information on governance performance a public good. Public scrutiny is an intrinsic part of deepening democratic governance, and the act of developing a national database is in itself a statement from government that providing information on governance performance is in the interest of the public.
Furthermore, developing a national governance database may:
Serve as an important step for improving data availability and quality in the most critical governance areas
Support national coordination mechanisms between ministries, statistical offices and other relevant institutions and civil society that produce and use governance data
Strengthen the national evidence base for informing donor assessments and governance analysis
Increase the ability to respond to national, regional and international data requests