A new report “Counting on Statistics” from AidData in collaboration with OpenDataWatch and ContactParis21 was launched at UNDataForum which surveys hundreds of government officials in developing countries to understand what they need to better produce and use official statistics.
“Global data must not only increase in quality and accessibility, it also must increase in use and understanding- Producers need to engage with their users, listen to their concerns, & use their feedback to improve if they are to succeed in adding value & winning public trust”
Some of the findings of the report entails:
- The need to broaden the domestic user base of official statistics
- Rethink dissemination strategies in line with what the government users want
- Monitor the use of the data
- Making produced data easier to use and access critical to spur data use
- Increasing technical expertise and obtain greater technical support on statistical capacity
In connection to my thoughts on our previous blog- Data is for machines, information is for people– Definitely an interesting read for the data for development community.