ICPSR, Millennium Challenge Corporation launch interactive platform offering access to MCC data

July 13, 2022

Contact:
Sara Srygley, ssrygley@umich.edu

ANN ARBOR—The University of Michigan’s Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) has partnered with the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) to develop a new, interactive data platform for sharing MCC’s evaluation catalog of data. The Millennium Challenge Corporation Evidence Platform is now live, offering access to important data on MCC’s programs.

The Millennium Challenge Corporation is a US foreign assistance agency that is helping lead the fight against global poverty (MCC.gov). MCC provides grants to developing countries in order to support sustainable growth and improved infrastructure to better people’s lives. The Evidence Platform encourages the use of MCC’s data, documentation, and analysis as global public goods to support mutual accountability for the agency and its country partners, and to encourage learning from measured results. The Evidence Platform is accessible and easy to use. Its goal is to encourage use of MCC’s evidence data for researchers and the public.

This platform offers users the first-of-its-kind ability to conduct knowledge queries across MCC program information, country information, data packages, and reports that allow better understanding and use of the evidence collected by MCC.

This project is led by U-M researcher Amy Pienta, in coordination with MCC. “We are very pleased to offer a first look at ICPSR’s new data model through the new MCC Evidence Platform,” Pienta said. “Our partnership with MCC propelled us to envision new ways to help the public to explore and understand the rich body of evidence underlying MCC’s work in partner countries through its many evaluation programs, as well as allow users to access the resulting reports and data from that work.”

“The new MCC Evidence Platform represents a strategic decision by the agency to focus on evidence usability, not just availability,” said Alicia Phillips Mandaville, Vice President of the Department for Policy and Evaluation, MCC. “This collaboration with ICPSR has created a tool that allows MCC to have greater development impact in the future by encouraging a better understanding of the results and learning from programs in the past,” Mandaville said.

Researchers, students, and members of the public can access the MCC Evidence Platform by visiting mcc.icpsr.umich.edu.

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