ADAPT: an innovative tool to help NSOs adapt to changing data demands


The data revolution and the SDGs offer an incredible opportunity for low income countries to participate in global development objectives. They can also help mobilise resources and develop statistical capacity. However, many countries still face huge obstacles when it comes to planning, measuring and reporting their national indicators, let alone the SDGs.

PARIS21 has developed the Advanced Data Planning Tool (ADAPT), an innovative web-based planning tool for National Statistical Offices and other data producers to adapt their data production to the priority data needs from policy makers.

What is ADAPT?

ADAPT as a product

ADAPT is a free cloud based tool. ADAPT uses database-management system technology and is hosted on a secure cloud-based set-up. Within a National Statistical System, the tool can be used by multiple users simultaneously. It features multilingual support and can be customised according to the specific country needs. The current version deployed is V1.2.

ADAPT as a process

ADAPT is a consultative tool that brings together development stakeholders in the promotion of evidence in policy design and monitoring. It promotes the reuse of data and the quality assessment of data sources. Additionally, it reinforces a co-ordinated data infrastructure in a national or regional context.

How can ADAPT help countries?

Map data demands

- Inventories data demanded by key global, regional and national policies

- Maps these demands and shows potential for data reuse

- identifies policies / sectors which do not have M&E frameworks

Identify data gaps

- Connects data demands to data inventories and sources

- Checks compliance of available data

- Identifies current data gaps

Identify your capacity / skills gaps

- Provides a detailed capacity gaps assessment, by indicator

- Provides an overview of skills missing throughout the organisation, or the NSS

- Consistent with the GSBPM and CD4.0 frameworks

Improve data planning (ex: NSDS)

- Maps the different global, national, sectoral or sub-national data strategies relevant to an organisation

- Monitors implementation progress and institutional bottlenecks

- Enables activity-based co-ordination

- Identifies data priorities not tackled in current plans

Visualizing complex findings for better understanding

  • Several reporting visualization tools are offered by ADAPT:
    • Data gaps between two demand frameworks
  • How many SDG indicators repeat the indicators needed to monitor National Policies
  • Data gaps between the data demanded and the data currently produced
  • Data planning gaps between what is currently planned for the future and what should be planned to respond to the needs
  • Capacity gaps for a data producing agency
  • Financing gaps for a data producing agency

Available National Indicators, by various classifications


Scheduling field operations


Where we are now?

ADAPT went through a pilot phase in 2017, with National Statistical Offices and National Planning Commissions in selected countries.

ADAPT is being used by National Statistical Offices in about 10 countries, as of March 2018. 20 new countries have requested support and will be trained in the second and third quarters of 2018.

ADAPT is supported by partners from the UN system (in particular, UNSD and UNDP), as well as several other key partners such as the World Bank.

Next steps include:

  • April 2018: release of ADAPT version 1.1 with enhanced data inventory and data plans monitoring functionalities.
  • Fall 2018: release of ADAPT version 2.0 with enhanced costing functionalities.

ADAPT is currently funded by DFID. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation provided initial development funding.

ADAPT User Manual

ADAPT User Manual 

*updated - April 2019

Want to know more?

For further information about ADAPT, please visit the www.adapt.paris21.org and contact us at PARIS21@oecd.org