Data is the most effective way to help governments implement, track, measure, and ultimately improve the performance of their programs.
This is true for leaders at every level of the government. A head of state or national minister can monitor a high-level national view of a scheme's performance, while state and district officials can view granular performance metrics for their constituencies.
The first step of improving a government scheme is understanding it — across time, departments, sectors and geographies.
This means first aggregating data about government schemes (by digitizing paper field reports and connecting disjoint government systems and web services), then visualizing all the data on beautiful, intuitive dashboards that show everything that leaders need to know about a scheme's performance.
Is the data incomplete? Governments can even go a step beyond and deploy a mobile data collection app (like Collect), to continuously capture field data like beneficiaries' photos and geotagged locations.