Case Studies on Open Data for Developing Economies Now Open for Review – Calling Experts on Cambodia, Ghana, India, Jamaica, Kenya, Paraguay and Uganda


Today, the GovLab is opening for peer review the remaining draft case studies from the Open Data for Developing Economies project, a collaboration with USAID, FHI 360’s Mobile Solutions Technical Assistance and Research (mSTAR) and the Web Foundation. The seven case studies being made available today follow the opening of the project’s final report and first batch of case studies for peer review over the last month.

Open Peer Review at the GovLab is premised on the belief that we can gain access to broad, expert input on our research by looking beyond the ‘usual suspects’ and making our work accessible to anyone interested in providing feedback. We’ve already received invaluable contributions during this peer review process that have helped us improve the comprehensiveness and clarity of our case studies and final report. We are now asking those with relevant knowledge and experience to share their input on the remaining case studies, prior to publication in the new year.


The case studies being opened for peer review today are:

  • Cambodia: Opening Information on Development Efforts
  • Ghana: Empowering Smallholder Farmers
  • India: Open Energy Data
  • Jamaica: Open Data to Benefit Tourism
  • Kenya: Improving Voter Turnout with Open Data
  • Paraguay: Predicting Dengue Outbreaks with Open Data
  • Uganda: Opening Health Data to Improve Outcomes

How it Works

  • Recognized Peer Reviewers: To sign up to be a Recognized Peer Reviewer, complete this short form to share more about your interest and expertise. Once signed up, we will provide you access to the draft final report along with a brief questionnaire to solicit your input. Upon completing the review, your name (and affiliation) will be added to our list of peer reviewers. Note: The peer review for the second batch of case studies will close on Friday, December 23rd.
  • Open Peer Review: Two weeks after the Recognized Peer Reviewers receive access, the case studies will be made openly accessible and linked on the GovLab Open Peer Review hub. Using the comment function in Google Docs, all interested parties will be able to review and share suggestions, clarifications, notes on potential inaccuracies, or any other useful input to inform finalization prior to publication.