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Saudi Arabia drives vast data project to transform government
Source - The Times | Published - Friday 16-03-2018 | 04:00 AM

 Saudi Arabia is using data-driven technology to improve the transparency of its government bodies, drawing from masses of publicly available information to assess their performance.

Fresh from Saudi crown prince Mohammad bin Salman’s visit to the UK, in which the leader met British prime minister Theresa May, the Queen, and blue chip business chiefs, his country is taking tech-enabled steps to transform transparency and efficiency. It is also offering the methodologies to other nations by making its tech tools open source.

As part of Vision 2030, a sweeping transformation plan for the country, the Saudi National Center for Performance Management (Adaa) has launched an open source tool called the International Performance Hub (IPH), which draws together information around 700 key performance indicators (KPIs).

Access to the IPH is being made freely available to anyone: from students and citizens in Saudi Arabia to the country’s policymakers.
The hub is essential to the success of the Vision 2030 plan, which counts among its chief aims the process of shifting Saudi Arabia away from a dependency on oil revenues and towards a future based on a diverse economy – with improved infrastructure, education, health and tourism industries. Saudi leaders recognise that to succeed in these ambitions they first need a clear and precise view of the day-to day functioning of the country, which can be compared with foreign counterparts.

Using the Adaa tool, Saudi Arabia’s government is able to identify areas most in need of improvement, and initiate work towards improving competitiveness and performance. Access to the IPH is being made freely available to anyone: from students and citizens in Saudi Arabia to the country’s policymakers.

Husameddin AlMadani, director general at Adaa, says organisations in Saudi Arabia can now accurately monitor performance to inform new changes. “Saudi Arabia is undertaking a major multi-year transformation. This platform is essential to help us achieve our ambitious Vision 2030 programme,” he explains. “We know that actions speak louder than words and this tool will help us track our performance against development goals.”

Additional aims of IPH include to advance global data analytics, and inform the debate around the positive use of information. Adaa hopes that other nations, as well as non-government organisations, will use its flagship tool to improve their own metrics and operations, and that they will also suggest additions and changes to its functionality.

The KPIs measured in IPH fall into 12 distinct categories, which are: education, energy, economy, finance, health, industry, infrastructure, labour, security, justice, social and technology.

The platform collects masses of data that can be used to create detailed ideas about individual nations, how they function economically and which of their industries are most dynamic and competitive internationally. The hub also gives users the option of performing deeper dives into specific issues such as youth literacy rates, access to healthcare or gender balances within major political bodies.

The scope of information available via the tool is both broad and deep. Questions that can be answered by IPH include everything from ‘Where can you start up a new business in less than a single day?’ (to which one answer is New Zealand), to, ‘What country has more than three mobile phone subscriptions for every one of its inhabitants?’ (to which the answer is Macao).

Users can also look up very detailed information and KPIs relating to specific nations and assess instantly their performance across the hub’s 12 headline categories. A simple search informs that in the UK, four in 10 of those employed have college, university or vocational education, while in China, 5.6% of GDP is spent on health. It also reminds that in Saudi Arabia, women now hold 20% of parliamentary seats, more than in the US – a change largely attributed to Saudi women recently being given the vote in local elections.

The IPH tool routinely extracts socioeconomic and financial data on over 300 countries worldwide, from reputable sources including the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. Microsoft and Dell EMC are among its technology collaborators, and nonprofit the Positive Economy Forum is a data and knowledge partner.

You’ve got to be open to innovation and collaboration, because the reality is that we don’t have all the answers
“We’ve sought to bring in the best expertise from both within and outside of Saudi Arabia. This has allowed us to benefit from a wide range of views and perspectives,” explains Mr AlMadani, whose own background is in developing advanced performance management at national oil business Saudi Aramco.

Mr AlMadani insists that diversity was imperative in putting together the IPH tool, the beta version of which was launched at the Davos Forum in January and was recently showcased in London. “We have sought to bring in the best expertise from both within and outside Saudi Arabia. This has allowed us to benefit from a wide range of views and perspectives,” he says. “Our staff are drawn from five different regions within Saudi Arabia, while nearly half of the executive team is female, and 40 to 50 percent of our staff are women.”

Noting that his team members are also drawn from both public and private sector backgrounds, the Adaa director general emphasises the importance of diverse collaboration for all governments. “You’ve got to be open to innovation and collaboration, because the reality is that we don’t have all the answers,” he says.

To use the IPH tool to improve transparency and performance in your government or non-government organisation, visit beta.iph.sa

Saudi Arabia Climbs Five Rankings in Transparency International's 2017 Corruption Index
Source - PR Newswire | Published - Thursday 22-02-2018 | 03:30 PM

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia, February 23, 2018 /PRNewswire/ --

Transparency International has launched its latest 2017 Corruption Perception Index (CPI), where Saudi Arabia's ranking continued to improve, moving up by five places from previous year's rank of 62 to a rank this year of 57. While the Index reflects on last year, the news comes in the wake of recent efforts by Saudi Arabia to fight corruption in the country, which has seen the country make bold moves including establishing a National Anti-Corruption Commission in November 2017.

According to data released by the global anti-corruption organization on Tuesday, Saudi Arabia's overall score is 49 out of a 100. Among Arab countries, Saudi Arabia improved its ranking to third in the region and with a higher score than the regional average of 33. The recognition comes at a time of rapid development for Saudi Arabia, as it vigorously pursues its ambitious Vision 2030 agenda.

Top Saudi officials hailed the report, saying that, "it marks a tangible result of Saudi Arabia's Vision 2030 plan and its commitment to accountability and continual improvement." The formation of the National Anti-Corruption Commission is just the latest move to increase transparency in the country, which involves several government agencies. These include Adaa, The National Center for Performance Measurement.

"We are dedicated to achieving the objectives in the Vision 2030 plan, which includes improving transparency and accountability in every facet of our government, and this report shows we're making progress," said Minister of Economy and Planning Mohamed Altwaijri. "Saudi Arabia's use of The National Center for Performance Measurement (Adaa) to independently benchmark the performance of our public entities is one of many tools we can credit with improving our global standing."

Husameddin AlMandani, Director General of Adaa, The National Center for Performance Measurement said: "Enabling transparency in government is one of the key reasons Adaa was created, and we are pleased that our efforts, and the full efforts in support of achieving Vision 2030, are showing true progression. It is important for global leaders to establish organizations that help to improve government efficiency and transparency."

The Corruption Perceptions Index report analyzes public sector corruption perceptions in 180 countries annually and determines how each country scores against one another using a scale of 0 to 100, with 0 indicating highly corrupt and 100 as very clean. The 2017 report found that the global average corruption score is 43, unchanged from 2016.

While the report generally showed little progress in eroding perceptions of corruption, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia's score increased to 49 from 46 since 2016.

The drive for greater transparency and improved performance measurement is a key part of Vision 2030, and emblematic of Saudi Arabia's desire to work alongside multiple international partners to establish and consolidate best practice across a spectrum of public and private entities.

Contact: Dur Kattan, PR & Communications Executive Director - The National Center for Performance Measurement (Adaa). [email protected], +966-920001156.

SOURCE The National Center for Performance Measurement (Adaa)

Planet Money: The Other Davos
Source - Planet Money | Published - Wednesday 31-01-2018 | 03:00 AM

Each year, the World Economic Forum takes place in Davos, a small ski town in the Swiss Alps. The goal of the conference is to promote international cooperation and collaboration, and ultimately improve the state of the world. It's filled with diplomats, CEOs, billionaires, and idea gurus.

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But, all those powerful people gathered in one place means that Davos is a prime opportunity for business. Representatives from various countries come to the conference to woo the global elite to invest. Most countries do this by displaying their best stats, but one country has a different approach. In addition to the good stuff, this year, Saudi Arabia also shared their less favorable rankings. They came to Davos with a database of 700 indicators—both good and bad.

Today on the show, we find out what Saudi Arabia's up to, and why asking that question helps us understand a world viewed through ranks and ratings.

Saudi Arabia's data tool: https://iph.sa/

Experts Praise Saudi Arabia's Innovative Country Benchmark Platform as Davos Closes
Source - PR Newswire | Published - Friday 26-01-2018 | 03:30 AM

DAVOS, Switzerland, Jan. 26, 2018 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia's flagship performance measurement tool concluded today the Davos pre-release of its platform – the International Performance Measurement Hub (IPH).

The objectives of the platform's pre-release were to engage the global policy community around the tool to solicit feedback from stakeholders and subject matter experts. Director General of Adaa, the National Center for Performance Measurement for the Kingdom, Husameddin AlMadani said that, "By providing institutions a tool to measure themselves against world-class standards, IPH empowers institutions and individuals to get one step closer to addressing their current challenges and meeting their future aspirations. Our vision for the Davos pre-release was to identify partners who could work collaboratively with us to develop that capability further."

Throughout the Davos pre-release, IPH hosted more nearly 500 guests over four days, including international business and government leaders, heads of NGOs, and data and technology experts. Guests also participated in a variety of roundtable discussions on the use of data to drive policymaking on issues related to economy, investment, and development.

Of the value of the tool, HRH Prince Turki Al Faisal al Saud, Chairman of the King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies, stated that IPH is " a very helpful tool for people to find out how governments perform and who are the good performers and who are the not-so-good performers."

"You need a tool like this, of course, some people would argue that those pieces of data exist, that we have numerous data out there," explained Thierry Zomahoun, Chairman and Managing Director of the Next Einstein Forum, "but there is no single source where tens of sources of data have been integrated into whole framework – which is what IPH has done."

Kathy Calvin, President and CEO of the United Nations platform expressed her praise, "I just saw the future. I saw the way citizens of any country look at the progress that their country's making for the world they want. I am amazed to see how this product is going to give us the tools to track our progress, find out where we're falling behind, and show us what the real opportunities for moving forward are."

"This is a groundbreaking platform, and Citi sees huge potential and opportunity in this effort," said Jay Collins, Vice Chairman of Corporate and Investment Banking at Citi. "The benefits that IPH will provide to governments and corporations are immeasurable."

The International Performance Hub (IPH) – an interactive platform designed to track over 500 Key Performance Indicators under 12 main pillars that enables comparison for over 200 countries – compiles metrics from prominent international bodies, including the World Bank and the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

Developed by The National Center for Performance Measurement (Adaa), the International Performance Hub (IPH) is a landmark effort led by Saudi Arabia to encourage countries to use technology and performance data to track their progress as they work to achieve development goals. IPH aims to promote integrity, accountability and transparency in the public sector and beyond.

For more details on the International Performance Hub (IPH), please refer to the website: https://iph.sa.

Twitter: @IPH_SaudiArabia | Instagram: @iph_saudiarabia |
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/International-Performance-Hub-Saudi-Arabia-570903683258019

Additional information on Adaa may be found at adaa.gov.sa

Contacts:
Alison Patch, +1 949 616 2504, [email protected]

SOURCE The National Center for Performance Measurement

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Saudi Arabia Offers First Look at Launch of Innovative Country Benchmark Platform, Davos 2018
Source - PR Newswire | Published - Tuesday 23-01-2018 | 03:00 AM

DAVOS, Switzerland, Jan. 23, 2018 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia today unveiled a first look at the Kingdom's unique data tool for measuring its performance trajectory in relation to other nations.

The International Performance Hub (IPH) – an interactive platform designed to track over 500 Key Performance Indicators under 12 main pillars that enables comparison for over 200 countries – compiles metrics from prominent international bodies, including the World Bank and the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

Developed by The National Center for Performance Measurement (Adaa) the International Performance Hub (IPH) is a landmark effort led by Saudi Arabia to encourage countries to use technology and performance data to track their progress as they work to achieve development goals. IPH aims to promote integrity, accountability and transparency in the public sector and beyond.

As a demonstration of the commitment with which the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia approaches its 2030 goals, IPH also seeks to provide a credible and 'outside-in' perspective on the Kingdom's evolution along key quantifiable indicators across the socio-economic spectrum – comparing progress at every stage to other countries and peer-groups around the world.

Regarding the opening of the Benchmark in Davos this week, Mr. Husameddin AlMadani, Director General of the National Center for Performance Measurement said, "Saudi Arabia is undertaking a major multi-year transformation. The ambitious Vision 2030 program touches upon nearly every aspect of the country's performance and looks to make significant progress on the entire socio-economic frontier. As the nation pursues a long list of objectives in its transformation, comparing the country's performance progression against the backdrop of international best practices is crucial."

Economist Jacques Attali, President of Positive Planet and the Positive Economy Forum, a data and knowledge partner of the IPH, described the significance of the tool, adding that "The International Performance Hub announces a much-needed tool to foster transparent and positive governance through shared knowledge about the impact of public policies. Its launch in Davos is a very promising beginning, and an opportunity to make it a truly global and collaborative ambition."

With today's announcement, Adaa officially launches the beta phase of the International Performance Hub (IPH) in Davos, Switzerland. The final launch of the International Performance hub is awaiting later in 2018.

For more details on the International Performance Hub (IPH), please refer to the website: https://iph.sa.

THE NATIONAL CENTER FOR PERFORMANCE MEASUREMENT   

The National Center for Performance Measurement, Adaa, is a leading independent government body that was established in October 2015 upon approval by the Council of Ministers. Adaa is organizationally linked to the Chairman of the Council, King of Saudi Arabia, and aims to measure the performance of public entities within the Kingdom. Adaa aims to build and initialize performance measurement processes in public entities by providing the necessary support through the utilization of unified tools and models that assist public entities in their ability and efficiency to deliver better performance. Adaa also aims to enable public entities by means of effective training and consultation in performance measurement, aiming to drive them to excellence.

Additional information may be found at adaa.gov.sa | Twitter: @IPH_SaudiArabia | Instagram:  @iph_saudiarabia | Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/IPH_saudiarabia-109728776500600/  

Contacts:
Alison Patch, +1 949 616 2504, [email protected]

SOURCE The National Center for Performance Measurement

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