This report and the accompanying Gender Data Solutions Inventory document innovative solutions that have emerged in the last five years. An analysis of the inventory points to priority actions that policymakers, advocates, funders, and data producers can take to increase the availability and use of gender data at the local, national, and international levels. 

Data producers across the statistical system should augment and refine traditional data collection methods. They can, for example, use verbal autopsies to supplement traditional cause-of-death data, conduct rapid gender assessments to collect data during crises, and employ geospatial data to augment data collected through household surveys.

By increasing the availability of gender data, we will be better equipped to monitor progress on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and assess the impact of new policies to improve the lives of women and girls. There is also a need to strengthen the enabling environment for data collection and use. Without prioritizing use, no matter the strides made to increase data production efforts, data will not meaningfully impact the lives of women and girls.

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