Now available: Free software for development, economic data analysis

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Development and economic researchers, heads up: The World Bank is offering an improved type of software that can be used to automatically produce analytical reports that can guide policy decisions, among other practical uses. 

Dubbed ADePT Version 5.0, the free software was developed by World Bank researchers to automate the data analysis from sources such as household surveys while reducing room for human error. The World Bank says it is offering the software for free as part of its ongoing efforts to share not only its data, but its expertise as well.

“Our goal is to develop modern, user-friendly tools to bridge the gap between the needs of busy policy makers and the vast ocean of data already out there,” said Michael Lokshin, the main development of ADePT and a World Bank economist. “When local planners can easily calculate statistics based on survey data, it will ultimately help governments make informed decisions and design better policies.”

Among possible uses of ADePT is to simulate the impact of economic shocks, cash transfers, farm subsidies and similar policy instruments. It can also be used to analyze various aspects of inequality, gender, health, education and labor.

The current version of the software is optimized for use by researchers in developing countries. It comes with a customized interface in 10 languages. The World Bank says it is now working on adapting the program for use by other countries and international organizations, including the United Nations.

The program, video tutorials, manuals and step-by-step guides are available for download from the World Bank website.

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