Keshif created data and web solutions for the World Bank’s 2020 Benchmarking Infrastructure Development project, an initiative that assesses national regulations and practices for developing large infrastructure projects in 140 countries. Keshif’s contributions ranged across the data lifecycle, including data collection, preparation, analytics and visualizations based on complex project methodology. The public data-driven website offers interactive data visualizations, and easy access and navigation to country results, global trends, and project resources. The private data analytics portal provides new tools for the project team to easily and securely explore and analyze a more extensive set of data sources in more depth. In addition, Keshif’s custom online survey application managed the collection and presentation of new data from country experts to enrich and augment the insights of the existing data.
Benchmarking Infrastructure 2020, formerly known as Benchmarking Public Procurement (BPP), is an initiative of the World Bank’s Infrastructure Finance, PPPs & Guarantees Group. It benchmarks regulatory frameworks against internationally recognized good practices for the preparation, procurement and management of large infrastructure projects. The 2020 iteration builds on the success of previous surveys by expanding coverage to include data for traditionally procured infrastructure projects in 40 economies. By providing actionable indicators, the Benchmarking Infrastructure 2020 project offers a basis for evidence-based regulatory reforms that may improve the enabling environment for the development of cost-effective and impactful infrastructure in different countries. To learn more, please visit https://bpp.worldbank.org/about.
Since launching in 2015, this survey has collected data on key aspects of regulations for large infrastructure development projects. With the 2020 study, the group decided to expand their methodology to include a new surveyed framework, new regulatory assessments, and new practice aspects, along with targeted changes to optimize the collection and assessment of key regulatory information. Larger, more complex data required improved data management and analysis practices that could adjust to an evolving environment and advanced analytical needs.
Prior to the 2020 release, external stakeholders, such as policy-makers, found the project website difficult to navigate, and lacking in contextual information, including local policies and global trends. The user interface had limitations in making key insights easily accessible; without well-designed at-a-glance country overviews or global comparator visualizations, users had to build their own tools and factsheets. Moreover, the design of the site did not reflect the methodology or context of the survey, limiting its usefulness as a basis for potential future research. To mitigate these limitations, and build and maintain engagement with external stakeholders, the project team dedicated substantial time and resources responding to requests for navigating the website or creating charts and graphs from data in spreadsheets.
Lastly, the process of exchanging files over emails proved to be a bottleneck to collecting the country-level data from experts around the world in a constrained time frame. Finalizing the dataset required a centralized data environment with a custom, easy to use online survey application that consolidated the new data from seasoned or first-time contributors with existing data. The team also needed advanced data management and automation to monitor, spot and mediate lagging survey responses.
The public website offers interactive data visualizations, easy navigation across country-specific results and global trends, and access to key project resources. The new website enables stakeholders, such as policymakers, investors, and researchers, to engage more easily with the latest, most extensive survey on developing large infrastructure projects, in a single online environment.
Keshif created a private and secure data analytics portal with tools to support the team’s data analysis and reporting of an expanded set of data sources.
Keshif aided the project team in collecting supplemental data by building online survey applications that collected, managed, and presented the data. This new data, collected from hundreds of experts, provides rich context to the core dataset.
Benchmarking Infrastructure Development provides an assessment of regulatory quality for large infrastructure projects worldwide. The richness of the regulatory data on which this assessment is based, makes it difficult to achieve the right balance between offering the audience unrestricted access to all the collected information while also presenting it in an accessible and interactive way. We did not reach that balance in the past. With Keshif onboard, and using their proprietary but customizable visual dashboarding technology, we achieved to bring to life our rich dataset and complex scoring methodology. Using their dashboarding tools as the keystone, Keshif went on to develop an impeccable public website fully adhering to all corporate requirements that provides interactive access to our dataset, contributing to its broader impact. Keshif’s expertise, advice, responsiveness and continuing support along a challenging process made it possible.
Fernanda Ruiz Nuñez, Senior Economist, and Mikel Tejada Ibañez, Public Private Partnerships Specialist, the World Bank
The World Bank’s mission is to end extreme poverty and promote shared prosperity. As a multilateral organization with 189 countries as its members, the World Bank promotes long-term economic development and poverty reduction by providing technical and financial support to help countries reform certain sectors or implement specific projects—such as building schools and health centers, providing water and electricity, fighting disease, and protecting the environment. The World Bank assistance is generally long term and is funded both by member country contributions and through bond issuance.
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