--- Good data are essential for smart policy, and the lack of reliable data has hindered progress on gender equality and women’s empowerment. Evidence-based policy to increase gains for women and girls was a priority for U.S. Secretary of State Hillary R. Clinton, who announced the creation of Data2X in 2012. The initiative—powered by the United Nations Foundation, with support from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation—is a platform for partners to work together on gender data.
Data2X collaborates with technical experts, policy and private sector advisors, and national and international partners. Together, we hope to spur a gender data revolution and identify innovative sources of data, including “big data,” that can provide an evidence base to guide development policy and investment, and inform the post-2015 global development agenda. ---