2 new OECD publications on innovation and technology

In January and February 2015, OECD launched two new publications relating to innovation and technology — Social Impact Investment and The Proliferation of “Big Data” and the Implications for Official Statistics and Statistical Agencies.


Social Impact Investment: Building the Evidence Base looks a rising field, the provision of finance to organisations addressing social needs with the explicit expectation of a measurable social, and financial, return. The report produced by OECD includes data on social needs and spending in the G7 countries plus Australia, to illustrate the gap this type of investment could fill in areas of growing importance such as aged care and social housing and how this investment could garner more development capital for poorer countries.

The full report is available from the OECD website and an online webinar presenting this report will be held on 4 March 2015 (for more details, contact lgustafson@thegiin.org). More information on social impact investment can be found on a dedicated page of the OECD website.


In light of the increased digitization of media, social and economic activities are generating a tidal wave of data. The Proliferation of “Big Data” and the Implications for Official Statistics and Statistical Agencies describes the potential of new sources of data for informing policy-making and outlines the challenges for official statistics and statistical policies, posed by the proliferation of data.

The full report is available online from the OECD website.


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