Advocacy for statistics Presentation by PARIS 21 Secretariat

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Advocacy for statistics Presentation by PARIS 21 Secretariat High-level forum on strategic planning for

Advocacy for statistics Presentation by PARIS 21 Secretariat High-level forum on strategic planning for statistics: Ulaanbaatar, 9 -11 October 2006

OECD Countries and Multilaterals Developing Countries Partnership: PARIS 21 Constituencies and Linkages Policy makers

OECD Countries and Multilaterals Developing Countries Partnership: PARIS 21 Constituencies and Linkages Policy makers Statisticians Ministers of Finance, Sector Ministers, etc. Central Stat. Office, Sector Units, Central Banks, etc. Development Agencies, WB, IMF, RDB, etc. OECD Statistics Office Mngers, UN Specialised Agencies; Stat. units in intl orgs High-level forum on strategic planning for statistics: Ulaanbaatar, 9 -11 October 2006

Why statistics? • If statistics improve and are used to inform decisions, policies are

Why statistics? • If statistics improve and are used to inform decisions, policies are more likely to succeed • Good statistics are essential for the design and management of national policy frameworks • Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness: Better statistics needed by donors to inform aid allocation and monitoring • Investment in statistics will pay for itself many times over by improving the efficiency of resource allocation High-level forum on strategic planning for statistics: Ulaanbaatar, 9 -11 October 2006

Why now? • • Greater emphasis on evidence and managing for results : More

Why now? • • Greater emphasis on evidence and managing for results : More sophisticated policy analysis Advances in ICT Donor alignment and harmonisation increase costs of making faulty policy decisions High-level forum on strategic planning for statistics: Ulaanbaatar, 9 -11 October 2006

Statistics through the policy cycle • Need for careful and rigorous analysis, based on

Statistics through the policy cycle • Need for careful and rigorous analysis, based on good quality and transparent statistics, throughout the policy cycle • Statistics needed to : – Identify issues – Design policies – Forecast the future – Monitor policy implementation – Evaluate policy impact High-level forum on strategic planning for statistics: Ulaanbaatar, 9 -11 October 2006

Better Statistics for Better Policies • So there is greater recognition of the need

Better Statistics for Better Policies • So there is greater recognition of the need for better statistics both for more effective aid as well as for more effective national policies and development programmes. • But in some countries, statistics are weak and policy makers seldom use them, contributing to sub-optimal policies and outcomes. Much more remains to be done to ensure the ‘better use of better statistics’ as part of the ‘enabling environment for development’ and advocacy for statistics remains an important challenge for PARIS 21 partners. High-level forum on strategic planning for statistics: Ulaanbaatar, 9 -11 October 2006

Making better statistics a reality: advocacy challenges Advocacy for: – Better use of better

Making better statistics a reality: advocacy challenges Advocacy for: – Better use of better statistics – NSDSs – More coherent donor support High-level forum on strategic planning for statistics: Ulaanbaatar, 9 -11 October 2006

Advocacy: Currently Available Tools • • • Making the Case: National Strategy for the

Advocacy: Currently Available Tools • • • Making the Case: National Strategy for the Development of Statistics Measuring Up to the Measurement Problem by Chris Scott Better Statistics, Better Policies, Better Development Outcomes High-level forum on strategic planning for statistics: Ulaanbaatar, 9 -11 October 2006

Advocacy: Currently Available Tools • Films: (1) Measuring the Change in World Poverty, (2)

Advocacy: Currently Available Tools • Films: (1) Measuring the Change in World Poverty, (2) La Statistique au Service du Développement, and (3) Food and Agricultural Statistics in support of Development Order free copies from [email protected] 21. org High-level forum on strategic planning for statistics: Ulaanbaatar, 9 -11 October 2006

Some Questions For You • What other advocacy tools and activities are needed? •

Some Questions For You • What other advocacy tools and activities are needed? • Would more methodological guidance be useful? • What regional and/or national activities should PARIS 21 be undertaking? We would be grateful for your thoughts High-level forum on strategic planning for statistics: Ulaanbaatar, 9 -11 October 2006