New approaches to capacity development for better data: How to scale up innovation?

The Partnership in Statistics for Development in the 21st Century (PARIS21) and the United Nations Statistical Division (UNSD) are organising the conference, “New approaches to capacity development for better data: How to scale up innovation?”.

The conference, on 13 – 14 January at the OECD La Muette Conference Center in Paris, France, introduces new approaches to capacity development in national statistical systems and highlights the need for stronger institutions and better innovations for making the data ecosystem serve all citizens.

It brings together representatives from national statistical offices, development cooperation agencies, governments, and the private sector to share their experiences of implementing new approaches towards statistical capacity development. In particular, it seeks to answer the following questions: 

• Why do we need new approaches to capacity development in data and statistics and how do they contribute to transforming the NSSs?
• What kind of country experience do we have for implementing new approaches and how can the new PARIS21 Guidelines best support this process?
• How can the new approaches help to better measure and monitor the SDGs and contribute to the implementation of the Cape Town Global Action Plan for Sustainable Development Data?

Key speakers include:

• Joshua Blumenstock (University of California, Berkeley)
• Alan Atkisson (Head of Department for Partnership & Innovation, Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency)
• Prof. Dr. Samuel Kobina Ammin (Government Statistician, Ghana Statistical Service)
• Shaida Badiee (Managing Director, Open Data Watch)
• Carol Coy (Director, General Statistical Institute of Jamaica)
• Dr. Stephan Klingebiel (Head of Global Policy Programme, UN Development Programme)

The conference builds on past UN World Data Forums (2017, 2018) and conferences organised by PARIS21 and UNSD. The 2017 PARIS21 Annual Meeting spurred further reflection on new approaches in capacity development and endorsed the creation of a task team. The work of the task team was presented in a “Workshop on New Approaches to Statistical Capacity Development” in Paris during December 2017. In 2018, PARIS21 worked with the High-Level Group for Partnership, Coordination and Capacity-Building for Statistics for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and UNSD to publish draft results of a survey on new approaches to capacity development. The results were presented during the 49th Session of the UN Statistical Commission (March 2018). Furthermore, PARIS21 introduced mechanisms to measure statistical capacities at the 50th session of the UN Statistical Commission (March 2019).

Event Details
  • Start Date
    13 January 2020 09:00
  • End Date
    14 January 2020 17:00
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  • Organizer

    United Nations Statistical Division (UNSD)