Envisioning the future can be a powerful way to inspire people to take action. The Global Health team at the Gates Foundation wanted to emphasize the great potential for improved data to transform global health and development. Together, we set out to develop a narrative that could illustrate a viable future state where new and emerging technologies, combined with a shift in data sharing behavior, bring better information to global health decision-makers everywhere.
The goal of this work was to help make data quality and stewardship a more prominent topic for policy-makers, product developers, researchers, and other actors throughout the global health community. The 2015 Global Partners Forum, an international convening of more than 1,200 prominent representatives from the global health sector, emerged as the perfect venue to present materials and to actively work with the foundation’s many partners to craft a unified vision for the future. Trevor Mundel, BMGF President of Global Health, presented the Data for Impact video alongside data-themed activities including moderated panel discussions, workshops and an envisioning booth where we engaged directly with forum attendees to gather feedback and ideas.
The video below, narrated by Trevor Mundel, BMGF President of Global Health, illustrates how improving the quality, timeliness, and sharing of data can inform better decision-making and strengthen health systems at all levels.