Frequently Asked Questions
Who is involved in Data2X?
Data2X is led by the UN Foundation with support from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Through our Gender Data Partnerships, technical advisors, and Expert Group, Data2X works with a variety of countries, United Nations agencies, non-governmental organizations, regional bodies, and private sector partners. For more information on our team and experts, please see Who We Are. We also work closely with other related gender data initiatives.
How was Data2X started?
In July 2012, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced Data2X with the intention of spurring improved gender data to better inform policy and global development agendas. The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation provided generous founding support, and the initiative was housed at the United Nations Foundation. Since 2012, Data2X has grown from an idea to an initiative focused on identifying policy-relevant gender data gaps and building concrete partnerships to power the gender data revolution.
What is the story behind the name “Data2X”?
Data2X is named for the power women have to multiply progress in their societies. We advance gender equality and women’s empowerment as a connector and convener: by building partnerships to improve data collection and demonstrate how better gender data on women and girls can guide policy, leverage investments, and inform global development agendas to achieve gender equality.
What is gender data and why does it matter?
“Gender data” is data that is disaggregated by sex, like primary school enrollment rates for girls and boys, or data that pertains to women and girls, such as maternal mortality rates.
This data is critical to determining the size and nature of social and economic problems, the causes and consequences of those problems, how to design policies to combat them, and the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of those policies. For example: How many girls are married before the age of 18? What explains gender wage gaps? Are mobile payments to poor mothers more cost-effective than traditional cash transfers? Good data is essential to providing valid answers to these questions and to guiding smart policies and investments.
Why is gender data in particular lacking or inaccurate?
We have no data or bad data on issues that disproportionately affect women and girls but that society does not highly value, such as informal and unpaid work, and intimate partner violence. Data gaps reflect biases in traditional social norms that see women as “reproducer” and the household as a single unit. Gender biases both impede and distort data collection.
Where are the gaps in gender data? How do we know what data we are lacking?
The first project we tackled was identifying policy-relevant gender data gaps in health, education, economic opportunities, political participation, and human security. Check out our Mapping Gender Data Gaps report to learn more about the gaps and how we identified them.
Who does Data2X partner with?
Data2X partners with United Nations agencies, regional bodies, private sector partners, and countries to advance the gender data revolution. Each gender data partnership is unique. For some partnerships we aim to strengthen the gender component of current data collection efforts. For others, we work on harmonization and comparability. At other times, definitional work is required.
For more information check out our current Gender Data Partnerships page.
Data2X would not be possible without the generous financial support and collaboration of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Does Data2X collect data, create databases, or fund data collection efforts?
No, Data2X does not collect data, create databases, or fund data collection efforts. We provide partners with technical and/or advocacy support and convening platforms to help catalyze new work or strengthen gender dimensions of existing data efforts. For examples of how we work with our partners, please visit our Partnerships page.
Is Data2X currently looking for new partners?
We welcome new, innovative partnerships that fall within our mission. We also welcome additional funding partners to support ongoing or new gender data partnerships, pilot projects, and expanding the scope of our work. Please contact Data2X@unfoundation.org with partnership inquiries.
How can I contact Data2X?