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1 A “Bulletin Board” System for Monitoring Statistical Capacity Development Data Group World Bank November 2008 Neil Fantom ( Naoko Watanabe (

2 What we currently do Since 2004, we have published an online database that: −Provides information on national statistical systems −Helps assess statistical capacity in countries, using composite statistical capacity score −Helps monitor progress in statistical development −Uses existing data sources −Covers 140 countries −We update annually at


4 Uses Countries −Self assessment, performance monitoring and evaluation −Strengthening of own reporting of statistical activities Development partners −Help include statistical capacity issues in policy dialogue −Project identification, monitoring, and evaluation −Monitoring of regional and global trends in statistical capacity

5 Some trends in SCB Indicator 199920042008 All countries536365 IDA485759 IDA – Africa4952 IDA – Other486469

6 Biggest increases and decreases in SCB Indicator 2004-2008 Increases Afghanistan (+22, to 32) Cameroon (+18, to 67) Sierra Leone (+17, to 42) Nigeria (+16, to 54) Decreases Zimbabwe (-20, to 46) Cote D’Ivoire (-17, to 63) Chad (-16, to 43) Gabon (-14, to 32)

7 We’re making improvements To allow updates by countries To improve coverage To improve the assessment tools … in response to: Comments from users, and A request from donors to the 15th replenishment of the International Development Association (IDA) (initially we are covering IDA - low-income - countries only)

8 What’s changing? OLDNEW Sources Uses existing sources only + Data from countries Coverage Surveys, methods, international data + Institutional capacity, other improvements InterpretationCapacity score+ Assessment tools PresentationTables, chart+ Maps

9 Design based on existing frameworks PARIS21: −Statistical Capacity Building Indicators IMF: −Data Quality Assessment Framework African Centre for Statistics: −Africa Statistical Development Index Eurostat: −Questionnaire on Statistical Capacity (which is based on the UN Handbook on Official Statistics)

10 Other topics also possible e.g. − Population census frequency − Houshold survey frequency − Statistical Capacity Indicator − Etc.

11 Quick information on countries appears on mouse hover Click on a country to access “country page”


13 Tabs on main country page “Information” −Overview “Assessment” −Institutional Framework −Statistical Methodology −Data Sources −Periodicity and Timeliness

14 Landing page - overview Statistical legislation Status of existing and next NSDS NSDS budget Human resources (of statistical office) Recent censuses and household surveys Contact information Development partner support to statistics

15 1. Institutional framework Statistical legislation Strategy/work plan Coordination User consultation Budget Human resources Infrastructure/equipment, including IT Dissemination practices Data analysis

16 2. Statistical Methodology Macroeconomic statistics −Concepts/definitions (DQAF 2.1) −Classifications (DQAF 2.3) Socio-demographic statistics −Scope of statistics (DQAF 2.2)

17 3. Data sources Macroeconomic statistics −Source data (DQAF 3.1) Socio-demographic statistics −Source data (DQAF 3.1) −Statistical techniques (DQAF 3.3) Quality of sampling frames (business registers, hh survey frames)

18 4. Periodicity and timeliness Macroeconomic statistics −Most of the SDDS/GDDS indicators Socio-demographic statistics −Selected MDG indicators −Other indicators recommended by international agencies

19 Statistical Capacity Indicator Overall composite score for each country on a scale of 0 to 100 Scores for each “dimension” as well −Institutional Framework −Statistical methodology −Data sources −Periodicity an timeliness Each criteria is weighted according relative importance

20 Selected data will be used to derive the statistical capacity indicator

21 Indicator definitions appear on mouse hover

22 Ratings are provided according to the assessment results

23 On the same page, users can see the score for each criterion …and detailed indicator definitions Toggle Expand

24 Users can send updates and general comments, including using Excel

25 Current and updated values can be seen side by side Feedback form

26 Progress so far… Improvements in coverage of indicators Proposals for new SCB indicator reviewed Process of peer-review completed −Involved selection of countries, plus PARIS21, UIS, WHO, IMF, UNSD, Eurostat, UNECA, DFID, SCBF, AfDB “Feedback” and other new features developed Redesign of website underway

27 Work underway and to do Incorporate comments from peer reviewers (ongoing) Pilot testing with selected countries (starting soon) Populating database with existing data sources (December 2008), e.g. −Africa Statistical Development Index −SDDS/GDDS −UN Country Profiles, etc Request to IDA countries to review and update content (start January/February 2009) Launch (mid-2009)

28 Some discussion issues Which countries should we include in the pilot? How to encourage feedback from as many countries as possible – and minimize reporting burden? What is the need to maintaining the existing Statistical Capacity Building Indicator series for analysis of trends? How to ensure a new SCB Indicator is robust to non-response? Expansion to all developing countries?

29 Thank you

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