UNSD-DFID Meetings

UNSD-DFID Project ISI Side Event

24 August 2019   Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

As part of the project, UNSD organized a meeting for project focal points as a side event to the 62nd ISI World Statistics Congress (WSC) on 24 August 2019. Participants discussed project progress and exchanged national experiences related to SDG data platforms and dissemination of disaggregated SDG data. In the meeting, representatives from Malaysia's National Statistical Office and from Unicef also shared their experiences and contributed their expertise. The project focal points were also invited to attend the final three days of the ISI WSC (21-23 August 2019, https://www.isi2019.org/), providing an opportunity to obtain a better overview of the global best practices presented at the ISI WSC.

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Regional User Engagement Workshops on SDGs

17 - 20 June 2019   Amman, Jordan

As part of the UNSD-DFID project on SDG Monitoring, 13 countries came together in an international workshop to discuss issues around, and share experiences on developing and implementing user engagement strategies for SDGs and the National Statistical System more broadly. Throughout the workshop panels were organized where countries discussed topics such as: process and institutional mechanism for developing and implementing a user engagement strategy; differences and similarities between user engagement and compunction; and, the role SDG data and metadata platforms in engaging users. Participants also worked through a number of hands on exercise on linking policies and indicators, and how to produce relevant products to meet the needs of different user groups. The interactions amongst participants during the formal workshop sessions as well as through the informal discussion provided an opportunity to further exchange best practices between countries.

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SDG Open Data and Interoperability

28 - 30 April 2019   Dhaka, Bangladesh

The value of national SDG data and metadata platforms is greatly increased by the incorporation of open data principles and data interoperability standards. These principles and standards allow users to seamlessly access, integrate, analyze and use SDG data for decision making. Thus, building on the outcome of the Conference, the United Nations Statistics Division has worked closely with various partners in multiple initiatives to promote and enable the implementation of open data and interoperability for SDG data reporting.

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National User Engagement Workshops on SDGs

April 2019 - June 2019   Vientiane, Amman, Kampala, Addis Ababa, Kigali, Lusaka, Harare

Engaging a wide variety of users in the statistics produced, including SDG indicator progress monitoring, is key for informed policy debates and keeping governments responsible. This can best be done by involving various users in the planning of statistics products and getting their inputs on what key needs are. A strategy and implementation plan can help keeping the focus on these activities.

UNSD is collaborating with National Statistics Offices in organizing workshops which bring together representatives from the national statistical system to develop draft user engagement strategies. This is combined with hands on learning of methods and tools for how to engage with various user groups, also taking the input of these groups into account in the development of the strategy.

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National Metadata Workshops on SDGs

December 2018 - February 2019   Nay Pyi Taw, Addis Ababa, Phnom Penh, Kigali, Accra, Kampala

The availability of metadata information that defines or describes data is a vital component of expanding use of SDG indicators. Information about how the data is collected, what its limitations are, the time period that the data refers to, and its availability, for instance, are key attributes that the user of data needs to understand to use the data meaningfully. Without this information, data cannot be properly shared across various NSS entities either. UNSD in collaboration with National Statistical Offices is conducting metadata workshops for the National Statistical System. Click on read more below for workshop materials.

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National platforms for SDG reporting

22-24 January 2018   New York, USA

The event brought together representatives from national statistical offices, international and regional organizations with programmes or initiatives that support data platforms in countries, as well as donors and other providers of data platform solutions.

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