Enabling a data-driven culture between the national and city level: How can National Statistical Offices and City Data Officers work together

Thursday, March 31, 2022, 9:00 to 10:15 am (ET)

National and local governments increasingly recognize the benefits of leveraging the power of new data sources and technologies to increase the availability of data for improved policies, decision-making and service delivery for its citizens. In response, both National Statistical Offices (NSOs) and City Data Officers (CDOs) have concentrated on adopting new methods and tools to harness the unprecedented amount of data transmitted by social, economic, and environmental systems. These sources of data, whether from citizens, devices, buildings, and assets are a powerful resource for the management and monitoring of public services such as traffic and transportation systems, power plants, utilities, water supply networks, waste, and crime detection.

There is much that NSOs and CDOs can learn from each other on how they are bringing about a data-driven culture in their respective work. Preliminary results from the Working Group on Data Stewardship’s workstream on Data stewardship and the city data agenda highlight certain enablers to promote a data-driven culture among policy and decision-makers. For instance, putting a focus on creating value from data first and expanding to an enabler of data quality second, understanding whole-of-Government use of data to improve data products, services, and the user experience, and strengthening technical, interpersonal and networking skills to enhance data literacy within Government and leverage the data as a strategic asset.

This webinar, part of the UN World Data Forum webinar series, will bring together experts to:

  • Showcase examples of data-driven smart cities for improved service delivery for citizens;
  • Highlight challenges and opportunities of enabling a data-driven culture within Government;
  • Put forward ideas on how to pull the National Statistical Office and city Chief Data Officer communities together to focus on capacity development and experience-sharing.

  • Moderator: Alyson Marks, Communications Manager, Sustainable Development Solutions Network Thematic Research Network on Data and Statistics (SDSN TReNDS)

  • Panelist: Eduardo Sojo, Director, National Laboratory of Public Policy (LNPP) at the Center for Economic Research and Teaching (CIDE), Mexico


  • Panelist: Dennis Mapa, National Statistician and Civil Registrar General, Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA)


  • Panelist: Jeanne Holm, Deputy Mayor, City of Los Angeles

  • Panelist: Juan Kanggrawan, Head of Data Analytics & Digital Products, Jakarta Smart City