Pacific Workshop, Developing a Generic Tool for Policy - Data Integration

19 Mar 2018 to 21 Mar 2018
Nadi, Fiji

The Regional Steering Group (RSG) on population and social statistics, in its first meeting held in Bangkok during 28 August to 1 September 2017, finalized a work plan to achieve the three goals in implementing the regional strategy to improve population and social statistics in Asia and the Pacific[1]. The first of these goals is:

Goal 1: Enabling policy environment to maintain demand for population and social statistics. Supportive and well-coordinated policy environment is in place to ensure effective demand for the
production and dissemination of the core set of population and social statistics to support SDG implementation.

In order to carry out activities under this goal of the work plan (Annex I), the RSG recognized the importance of providing member states in the region with a generic tool that can be used by National Statistical Offices (NSOs) to actively engage with policy makers for understanding needs for disaggregated statistics. A policy content assessment tool (Equiframe) has been developed for the health sector, and ESCAP has been overseeing work to test and expand this tool to adopt it to a wider range of sectors, and addressing more appropriately the 3 dimensions of sustainable development. The hope is that this tool can be used by NSOs to engage their policy counterparts to assess and prioritize the requirements for disaggregated statistics to achieve the “Leave No One Behind” ambition in national SDG implementation.

In the Pacific region, the Ten-Year Pacific Statistics Strategy (TYPSS) was adopted by leaders of Pacific Islands and Territories in 2009 in recognition of the needs for a comprehensive plan to drive improvement and development of statistics in the Pacific region. This strategy is entering its 3rd and final phase, and at the recently conducted Heads of Planners and Statistics (HOPS) meeting , held in Noumea from 14-16 November, 2017, the revamped goals of the TYPSS were presented to the meeting. Of these goals, the second goal illustrates the need for national statistical systems from countries of the pacific region to know and understand what core statistics are required to be produced in order to monitor progress against national priorities:

Proposed TYPSS Phase III, Goal 2
PICTS are producing and disseminating (either in-house or through TA) an agreed core set of high-quality economic, social and environmental statistics in a timely and user-friendly manner
and in line with national priorities, and integrating SDG and regional reporting requirements.

Understanding data requirements, including necessary levels of disaggregation, from relevant existing national policies and plans, will form the basis for developing this “agreed core set”.