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The future of development evaluation in the age of big data

In this article Michael Bamberger, an Independent Evaluation Consultant who has been involved in development evaluation for 50 years, explores the future of development evaluation in the increasingly quantified world we live in. 

There are multiple sources of data that can be generated and analyzed in real-time. They can be synthesized to capture complex interactions among data streams and to identify previously unsuspected linkages among seemingly unrelated factors. We can now quantify and monitor ourselves, our houses, our communities, our cities, our purchases and preferences, our ecosystem, and multiple dimensions of the state of the world.

These rich sources of data are becoming increasingly accessible to individuals, researchers and businesses through huge numbers of mobile phone and tablet apps and user-friendly data analysis programs.

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