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Created by Athena Infonomics as a contribution to the Data Values Project, this framing paper fits within the working group focused on data use that drives sustainable and equitable development.

To harness the full potential of data for the SDGs and to deliver better policies and services to citizens around the world, it is important to identify and unpack the barriers and drivers for sustained data use and to establish sustainable and inclusive engagement of key stakeholders around this topic.

This paper provides a brief overview of the key barriers to optimal data use. We discuss the common challenges faced, the existing incentives for data use, and the downside to generating data that is never used. The paper ends with key questions we are seeking to address through the Data Values Project.


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