Giving Compass' Take:

• Devex reports on the United Nations' new partnership with Tableau, a data visualization software company, which will hopefully streamline the organization's operations around the world.

• This might make things easier for aid groups to "connect the dots" with side-by-side data analysis, an encouraging sign for NGOs that have been trying to work with numbers in isolation.

In addition, the UN's recently-established Centre for Humanitarian Data hopes to make an impact.


Lagging data collection on humanitarian work and crises across the United Nations may soon receive a boost by a new partnership with interactive data visualization company Tableau.

The partnership, announced in March, has not yet yielded sign on by any additional new U.N. agencies or partners, but it establishes the software company as the global visual analytics standard across the U.N. system. All U.N. organizations now have access to the Tableau system, which quickly sorts and visualizes data on a single dashboard. The Tableau Foundation — which issues grants of up to $1 million and offers on-the-ground training sessions — has engaged in other humanitarian and development data partnerships with international NGOs including PATH.

“The big thing is that — and this is true around the NGO sector globally — we all read about big data and [the] great potential it has, but many people actually do not know what that looks like for them in the work they are doing,” explained Neal Myrick, the global head of Tableau Foundation.

“One thing we are focused on is, if the project is successful, will it help people in the sector see and understand what is possible with data? People do not realize you can supply near real-time data to somebody on the ground in Zambia, and train that person to make decisions about how they could be allocating their time and resources.”

Read the full article about the UN's new data sharing partnerhip with Tableau by Amy Lieberman at Devex International Development.