Rathinam, F., Khatua, S., Siddiqui, Z., Malik, M., Duggal, P., Watson, S, and Vollenweider, X. 2020. ​Using big data for evaluating development outcomes: a systematic map. CEDIL Methods Working Paper. Oxford: Centre of Excellence for Development Impact and Learning (CEDIL).


This paper discusses the methodological, ethical and practical constraints relating to the use of big data for measuring and evaluating development outcomes. The paper presents the analysis of a systematic gap map developed by 3ie. The map included 437 studies, comprising impact evaluations, systematic reviews and big data measurement studies.

This publication is part of the CEDIL Methods Working Paper Series, which offers innovative research methods to develop impact evaluation and evidence synthesis work in low- and middle-income countries. The papers in this series also advance the understanding of how research methods and theoretical frameworks can be applied for addressing enduring and complex development challenges in low- and middle-income countries.

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