Information Systems and Statistics
Since the mid-1990s UNICEF has supported work aimed at strengthening the Dominican statistical system, with the purpose of improving the quality, existence and availability of statistical information for planning, monitoring and evaluation of conditions in the country and institutional interventions, as well as for decision making about formulating public policies.
In order to achieve planning objectives and to analyse their impact on society, up-to-date and reliable statistical data is needed. This is a basic tool for monitoring and evaluating the development and impact of policies, programmes and projects directed at society in general, and at children in particular.
UNICEF-Santo Domingo has supported and encouraged the implementation of the “Provincial Information and Statistics Offices” (OPIE) Project, which operated until several years ago, and that enabled the country’s provinces to begin an arduous and essential process of local collection, processing and making available statistical data from a number of sectors.
Likewise, UNICEF sponsored the gathering of indicators on children, women and youth through the “Multiple Indicators by Conglomerates Survey” (MICS), to help prepare the Country Report on the situation of boys, girls and young people.
UNICEF is currently supporting the creation of Municipal Information and Statistics Offices, in the framework of the decentralisation process under way in the country, with the Devinfo information programme, known as “InfoDom” in the Dominican Republic, and this has taken over from the previous project.
This is being carried out through a strategic alliance with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the State Reform and Modernisation Support Programme (PARME), the European Union, the National State Reform Council (CONARE), the Dominican Municipal League (LMD), the Dominican Municipal Federation (FEDOMU), and the National Statistics Office (ONE).
InfoDom is a powerful, user friendly and easy tool, that allows the presentation of indicators at the different levels of territorial disaggregation. With this new information tool, municipalities, Non-Governmental Organisations and government agencies as well as other institutional actors, can work on their statistical information, maintaining up-to-date databases, which make it easy to plan and monitor their activities for the benefit of society at the same time. InfoDom is an inter-agency effort that allows permanent monitoring of progress in the Dominican Republic by fulfilling the Millennium Declaration objectives and the Millennium Development Goals, respectively.