The Government of Kenya’s response to COVID-19 provides an opportunity to interrogate the data being used to inform decision-making. The importance of reliable data to address the growing need for data driven decision-making cannot be overstated. Effective use of data is one way through which transparency and accountability can be promoted. Thus, transparency over forecasting models and data that is influencing government’s strategies remains a critical tool to winning the fight against the COVID-19 Pandemic.
It is against this backdrop that Hivos East Africa’s Protecting Rights, Openness and Transparency Enhancing Civic Transformation (PROTECT) program commissioned a study to examine how the government used informed data in its decision-making around management of the COVID-19 pandemic.
A summary report showing the findings from this research examines open data principles in transparency and accountability in management of public resources and Kenya’s experience in managing the COVID-19 pandemic.