DevInfo is a powerful database system that is used to compile and disseminate data on human development. The software package has evolved from a decade of innovations in database systems that support informed decision making and promote the use of data to advocate for human development. The DevInfo project is an interagency initiative managed by UNICEF on behalf of the United Nations (UN) System.
DevInfo was developed by UNICEF in cooperation with the UN System to assist the UN and Member States in tracking progress toward the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). In 2002, DevInfo was proposed as a standard software package for the whole UN System. Its specific purpose is to store existing data, identify gaps in the MDG indicators, provide a single entry point for data on the MDG indicators, and disseminate information simply and attractively.
DevInfo is an integrated desktop and web-enabled tool that supports both standard and user-defined indicators. The standard set of MDG indicators is at the core of the DevInfo package. In addition, at the regional and country levels, database administrators have the option to add local indicators to their databases. The software supports an unlimited number of levels of geographical coverage: from global level to regional, sub-regional, national and sub-national down to sub-district and village levels (including schools, health centers, water points).
DevInfo has simple and user-friendly features that can be used to query the database and generate tables, graphs, and maps. The system provides an ideal tool for evidence-based planning, results-focused monitoring, and advocacy purposes. It allows for organizing, storing and displaying data in a uniform way to facilitate data sharing at the country level across government departments, UN agencies, and development partners.
Data from DevInfo can be exported to XLS, HTML, PDF, CSV and XML files and imported from spreadsheets in a standardized format. DevInfo also has a data exchange module for importing data from industry-standard statistics software packages such as SPSS, SAS, Stata, Redatam, and CSPro.