MIM Students Completing Capstone Project at World Bank

MIM Students Completing Capstone Project at World Bank

As a part of their Capstone Project Experience course, Masters of Information Management (MIM) students - Piyush Ramachandran and Shyam Gopalakrishna - have been selected to work in The World Bank reporting to Victoria L. Lemieux, Senior Public Sector Specialist, Governance, World Bank Group.

The project examines the Open Government Partnership (OGP), an organization promoting multilateral initiatives and commitments to promote transparency and make governments open and accountable, member countries’ commitments on access to information.

The ability to access information is a fundamental human right and an important part of any government accountability process, especially financial processes. More than 100 countries in the world have adopted access to information laws to support information freedom. The key focus of this research project is to explore these countries’ ​Open Government Partnership commitments, with respect to access to information, and to help build a “global picture” of the current state of this important human right. Piyush and Shyam are each developing research reports that contain findings of the Information Commitments of the Open Government Partnership.

Their research includes analyzing multiple data sets, and running correlation analysis and other analyses on different indicators for the World Bank. Knowledge about statistics, basic concepts of data science, and visualization techniques are key skills necessary to succeed in this assignment. Piyush and Shyam are utilizing statistical analysis skills they gained while taking Information for Decision Making (INFM 714), taught by Dr. Susan Winter. They are currently enrolled in Digging into Data (INST 737) taught by Dr. Vanessa Frias-Martinez, which is helping them understand the data sets and finding patterns in the data. In addition, the in-class poster presentation exercises in INFM 737, have helped them gain confidence in talking with different audiences. In addition, Piyush and Shyam are indebted to their instructor for INFM 737, Dr. Kathy Weaver, for her support and guidance in helping them plan their project.