ADAPT: A tool to help plan for data demand for monitoring country development priorities

PARIS21 has developed the Advanced Data Planning Tool (ADAPT), an innovative planning tool for integrating the national planning agenda into the NSDS and account for global priorities such as the SDGs.  

What it does?

ADAPT helps data producers in the national statistical system consult, cost and chart their indicators as defined by the national development plan. The tool is aimed at countries trying to meet the demands of global agencies monitoring the SDGs and put these in context with their own national priorities.


ADAPT assists in the national consultative process of defining a monitoring framework for development. It allows registered users to provide input into the national monitoring log  frame and guides the planning process. Information such as data availability, reporting frequency and dissemination is kept for each indicator and shared with development partners. The ADAPT provides an assessment process and a validation process for identifying the state-of-monitoring. 

Mapping frameworks

The key of ADAPT's flexibility is its ability to map national priorities to global priorities. It effectively localizes a global framework like the SDGs to the country level and allows a country to review methodologies and prioritize the manner in which regional and global indicators are taken up into the planning process. ADAPT includes libraries from global and regional frameworks which are easily browsed and interlinked. 


ADAPT’s Costing Module provides solutions for statistical agencies interested in systematically estimating the cost of undertaking data collection operations. It provides quick estimations for long-term planning as well as programme-specific detailed budgeting. It also tracks financial commitments for data collection operations. ADAPT is designed to give statistical offices tools for advocating for investments in statistical processes. 

Gap Analysis 

The primary output of the ADAPT is to produce an in-depth gap analysis. This is based on the validated assessment process. The ADAPT provides the following gap reports:

  • Data gaps

    • Absolute data gaps: Where there are no data to compute an indicator. This usually will require additional collection activities. 

    • Frequency gaps: data collection does not provide data according to the recommended reporting cycle. 

    • Disaggregation gaps: The data collections that are planned do not have the estimating power for the indicators disaggregation required. The ADAPT looks at both geographic disaggregation and domain of study.  

  • Methodology gaps: ADAPT provides a quick qualitative space for evaluating the country methodology and the global recommendations. 

  • Capacity gaps: Using the Generic Statistical Business Process Model (GSBPM) countries assess their ability to compile an indicator or undertake a survey. By identifying where in the data production cycle weaknesses lie, using a standard conceptual model, the process of planning to address the capacity gap is facilitated. 

  • Funding gaps: The ADAPT will highlight areas where funding is required and the process that require funding.


Finally, after identifying the gaps, a plan is developed and integrated into the NSDS as part of the national strategy to systematically approach problems in measurement, both at the national level and the global level. The planning process integrate easily into an NSDS monitoring and budgeting module based on identified activities. The ADAPT also allows for monitoring the completion rate of an NSDS. 

How it works?

ADAPT is a web-based planning tool developed and supported by PARIS21. It is a consultative tool that brings development stakeholders together defining the measurement context within an indicator framework for monitoring development such as the SDGs and national, sectoral and sub-national development plans.

ADAPT allows for the identification of gaps in data, reporting, financing and disaggregation. ADAPT also contains planning and costing modules that facilitate the planning of data  collection and help advocating for better financing of statistics.