Entries by Kit Dobyns

Using Alternative Data Sources to Validate International Surveys?

The narrative of misleading development statistics has been iterated in recent years. Morton Jerven’s well-known text, How We are Misled by African Development Statistics and What to Do about It, challenges the reliability of development statistics and calls for new approaches to data collection. More recently, Michael Robbins and Noble Kuriakose have determined that approximately […]

Big Data and Development: Speed Dating!

On Thursday, February 4th, approximately 20 Oxford academics met to discuss the Big Data and Development Incubator.  In an effort to understand the potential uses of ‘big data’ in the contexts of development, participants asked what techniques, data sources, and possibilities exist for harnessing new online data to address persistent concerns regarding human development, inequality, […]