Data Collaboratives Research Network

Collectively deepening our understanding of Data Collaboratives

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To address today's many complex societal challenges - from high levels of migration to climate change - we need to increase the accessibility and responsible use of a variety of data sources. Governments and institutions are increasingly adopting data-driven approaches, but many of the most valuable datasets for problem-solving are held by private sector actors.

To unlock and exchange corporate data for public good new types of public private partnerships are emerging: Data Collaboratives. While we have documented and analyzed numerous examples of data collaboratives (see Data Collaboratives Explorer) many questions remain, including, for instance:

  • What are the realized impacts of existing data collaboratives, and how could success be replicated in other contexts?
  • What types of problems are especially well-suited for data collaborative efforts?
  • What incentives can motivate the private sector to share data to benefit the public good?
  • What risks are introduced through the cross-sector exchange of data for problem-solving?
  • What strategies can help mitigate risks arising from data collaboratives?

The Data Collaboratives Research Network aims to connect researchers from around the globe working to deepen our understanding of how Data Collaboratives work (or don’t work) and translate those insights into practical recommendations moving forward.

The founding members include Stefaan Verhulst; Iryna Susha and Andrew Young

The Data Collaboratives Research Network aims to

  • connect expertise on the topic of Data Collaboratives;
  • map data collaboratives (to be added to in a joint repository);
  • analyze the identified universe along various strands;
  • exchange existing research and developments.

The network is open to all researchers interested in Data Collaboratives.

  • Members of the Network will have the opportunity to collaboratively develop a number of common resources for the field of research and practice – building upon existing research efforts available at
  • Members can also use the Network as a means for sharing findings with potential collaborators and more publicly promoting their work through the website and other channels.

To join the Network, fill out the form below with your name, email, affiliation and research focus area. Once a month we will circulate a Network newsletter with updates from members and the Data Collaboratives space as a whole.

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