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Use of statistical data for policy analysis and advocay

Presentation by Martijn Balkestein, diretor CBS Aruba

Martijn Balkestein

on 17 December 2013

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Transcript of Use of statistical data for policy analysis and advocay

the ability to blah blab blah.
the ability to blah blab blah.
In order to promote the effective use of Census results
Aggressive dogs
Besides the usual challenges, such as:
by the NSO
CBS Aruba used different carriers:

Published all basic tables in hard copy, and distributed the publication free of costs to the main users. It's obtainable for a small fee for everybody.
All the tables are on-line in excel and in pdf-format.
We offer the whole publication but clients can also download segments of the publication (excel and pdf)
Clients can produce their own tables, using Redatam
Info is also spread using CD’s / DVD’s
CBS's Facebook-account is used to access another type of public
We are planning to use You-Tube as well.
To improve the accessibility

Without good statistics, the development process is blind:

Policy makers cannot learn from their mistakes, and the public cannot hold them accountable
Statistics are the eyes of the policymaker
There is nothing a government hates more than to be well-informed:

for it makes the process of arriving at decisions much more complicated and difficult
Gated communities
and power failures
We had some other challenges
in 2000:

Lack of cooperation within the government
Lack of knowledge of the Census by stakeholders
Negative role of the media
In 2010:

No approved budget 6 month's prior to the fieldwork
Later on unclear and bureaucratic procedures with the funding agency
Number of already trained enumerators terminating their contract, even before starting the fieldwork
And furthermore:

Too much editing will hurt the timeliness of the Census
Facebook proved to be useful

Media: Pay special attention to them, and make all of them friends with you
Digital data-entry devices proofed to be very useful (accurate and time saving) Next Census: less enumerators, completely digital, longer fieldwork period and higher qualified personal
Qualified & motivated personal are key to success

Lessons learned:
It needs to be
Make use of different information carriers to promote the use of data
Offer different types of information
Differentiate according to different groups of clients

To improve the accessibility
Easy to read articles were written
CBS Aruba used different types of information:

Basic tables,
Special in depth-reports already published:
Special in depth-reports in preparation:
Easy to read articles:
Poster with the census results for kids
Documentary about the development of the past 50 years
CBS Aruba differentiated according to different groups of clients

For policymakers: highlights and summaries
For organizations such as the Central Bank; Dpt. of Economic Affairs, Education, Health: digital publications in much more detail
For students: easy to understand tables and graphs to work with
To improve the accessibility
Make use of international standards and definitions
Describe the used methodology for data collection, editing and imputations
Supply Metadata (for example with the use of SDMX-software
Don't make misleading graphs: Are persons of age 16-19 & >79 save drivers?

To make the data understandable
Apparently not, so, don't mislead the public
Recognizing a problem vs. measuring its extent.
Fast shifting policy interest vs. rigid statistical systems
Transient vs. more permanent concerns.

That’s why it is crucial to exercise good judgment in setting priorities

(provide information that is sufficient general to adapt easily;
building up reserve capacity

To make the data Relevant....
The results of the activities of statistical agencies must be replicable to be believable: so provide the users with the methodology, even if you expect some tough discussions

To make the data reliable
The timeliness of the data was improved by planning the whole project in much detail, and by carefully preparing.
For example all the coding lists were ready to use before the census started. The same counts for the data-capturing, data-processing and editing-programs
Even the tabulations were semi automated, using CSPro, SPPS and templates in Excel.
Most of the phases of the census were thoroughly tested before the census.
Additional temporary persons were hired to assist us with the sorting of the forms, and adjustments of the form before scanning took place.

To publish the data on time:
However, in order to promote the use of data for evidence-based policy making, we need to push a little further
we need to create a framework for action
What is your
genius telling
Presentation by Martijn Balkestein
EVIDENCE-BASED policy making
Special reports: aging, life-expectancy, migration, disability, social atlas, gender gap, foreigners,...
Basic tables, covering the set of tables indicated by the UN
Posters for schools &documentary
Investing in institutional development
Institutions need to be staffed with skilled analysts in order to produce and publish statistics.

CBS Aruba developed platforms with other organizations to strengthen the organization

Enable third parties access to data mining
Fostering ownership
Improving dialogue
To improve ownership, dialog and interactions between producers of statistics and policymakers is paramount. Develop mutual trust, a.o. by creating platforms for communication and coordination
Matching demand and supply
Policymakers need to know about the different kinds of social, economic and policy statistics, how to gain access to them and to appraise them.

Create professional development opportunities for policy makers, for example by "push" dat using Datazoa or Cognos
Making statistics Understandable
Researchers need to translate evidence into a language that is useful to the users of evidence
Effective dissemination and access
Key is how to communicate findings to those to know.
Know your clients and their needs.
Address their needs
Make data available, accessible, relevant and useful and.
Different messages for different audiences at different times
Uninhabited buildings
Harness the commitment of policymakers to make use of data
of Census-data
...require balancing acts
Data was supplied in special format to UNICEF, resulting in a very infromative report
Programs for multifunctional buildings in different area's are developed with census-data

Department of labor used the census-results to build their Labor market Satellite
The General Health Insurance for all citizens is using population projections in order calculate to future cost of an aging population
Data is also used to identify the health-risk because of asbestos roofing, flooding and yellow fever
Macro-economic models are adjusted in order to calculate the GDP per capita.
The population registration uses the data to clean their database
Some examples of
They go a little further
Are well organized
and still have fun at the end
Push data to clients
Offer easy to handle formats
Translate the current situation...
... with the use of population projections
...into scenario's for the future
Presented by Martijn Balkestein
Some experiences in
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