The humanitarian sector, particularly the field of global health, is rich with data. The appetite for global health and humanitarian data has grown exponentially with the introduction of digital tools. NGOs regularly report big data numbers about the millions of people in their catchment populations, the hundreds of thousands of treatments provided or children educated, and the tens of thousands of deliveries assisted by a skilled birth attendant. If you work in this field, you likely have at least 10 Excel spreadsheets open on your laptop right now.
But how much of that big data is actually helping us do better?