November 13, 2020
Using Benford's law to understand COVID-19 data quality
We have investigated the veracity of published COVID-19 data in India by applying Benford’s law to the district level cases data. We find that data from official sources matches the Benford’s Law prediction very well, suggesting that the quality ...
July 12, 2020
Data is the new oil…also the new snake oil
In his column for The New Indian Express, Shankkar Aiyar discusses COVID19 testing data and what it means for perceptions of political success.
January 15, 2020
The other data challenge: Measuring life in a metro
We need to know how many people enter cities, where they live, how they travel, and what they do for a living.
February 28, 2019
IDFC Institute Is Nominated to a Working Group Convened by MoHUA on City-level Data-driven Governance
Late this month, MoHUA launched a DataSmart Cities Mission. IDFC Institute is part of a Working Group convened by MoHUA for this Mission.
February 06, 2019
Inside the Rashomon world of Indian macroeconomic data
Estimating economic activity is never going to be an easy task in an economy that has poor data standards.
February 09, 2017
Key Design Elements for Data Protection
The key elements of a data privacy law for the country.
January 09, 2017
GDP Estimates, Guesstimates, Assumptions and the Playbook of Growth
Issues relating to quality and availability of data could haunt the playbook of growth
September 02, 2015
The Political Economy of Data
Decisions regarding investing in collection of data and providing open access to data collected by the government in developing countries are based on political economy considerations.