UNICEF, UNECE, UNDP and OECD hold 3rd Annual Meeting with the Directors of National Statistics Offices of Eastern Europe and Central Asia
The meeting was organized by UNICEF, UNECE, UNDP and OECD
38 Directors and high-level representatives of National Statistics Offices of Eastern Europe and Central Asia met with UNICEF, UNECE, UNDP and OECD on June 10th in Paris to discuss "The role of official statistics in supporting evidence-based decision making”.
This workshop, held in English and Russian, discussed how data and evidence can be used to strategically inform the policy-making process and deliver better outcomes for society. The book “Bridging the gap. The role of Monitoring & Evaluation in evidence-based policy making” was distributed as back group document.
The meeting was opened by Nicolas Pron, DevInfo Global Administrator, UNICEF Headquarters, and Andrey Ivanov, Senior Poverty Reduction Specialist, UNDP Bratislava.
The first session on “Evidence-based decision making: bringing official statistics, policy makers and society closer together” was facilitated by four presenters:
· Marco Segone, Regional Chief, Monitoring & Evaluation, UNICEF Regional Office for CEE/CIS, who discuss how to enhance evidence-based policy making;
· Enrico Bisogno, Social and Demographic Statistics Section, UNECE, who presented on the role of official statisticians to bringing evidence and decision makers closer together;
· Jon Hall, Statistics Directorate, OECD, highlighted how to bring statistics closer to citizens;
· Andrey Ivanov, Senior Poverty Reduction Specialist, UNDP Bratislava, spoke on how to use disaggregated statistics for monitoring the progress of development initiatives.
In the second session, National Statistics Offices presented good practices in bringing official statistics, policy makers and society closer together:
· Dragan Vukmirovic, Director, Statistical Office of the Republic of Serbia, explained how monitoring data disseminated through DevInfo are used in Serbia to strengthen national and local policy decisions;
· Ms Anar Meshimbayeva, Chief Statistician, Agency of Statistics of the Republic of Kazakhstan, presented how data can be instrumental to promote democratic dialogue;
· Ms Metka Zaletel, Director for Methodology and Standards, Statistical Office of the Republic of Slovenia, shown new possibilities press releases can give in the Internet age.
The meeting was closed by Mr. Jon Hall, OECD, and Mr. Heinrich Bruengger, Director, Statistical Division, UNECE.