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TETOVO, 29 January 2014: State Statistical Office, Head of Social Statistics, Ms. Violeta Krsteva and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Representative, Dr. Bertrand Desmoulins were in Tetovo today talking with local officials from nine municipalities in the regions Polog about the Availability, Access and Analysis of Data or “Triple AAA Statistics” - a workshop part of a roadshow designed to increase the use of available statistics on the situation and wellbeing of children and women.

“Statistics are more than just numbers – they represent the reality of life for children and families,” said Dr. Bertrand Desmoulins, UNICEF Representative. “Statistics need to be Available, Accessible, and Analyzed to ensure decisions and policies address the right issues and have a measurable impact on their lives.”

For several years, the State Statistics Office has produced reliable and disaggregated data on social and economic issues relevant to the situation and wellbeing of children and women.  With UNICEF support, data generated through the Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey and collected through the TransMonee project have provided key data to monitor child rights.  Through the workshops, local policy makers are being challenged to use the available data to inform decisions, policies and direct resources to programmes for children being left behind. 

“Our goal is that policy makers at all levels, understand the value of data and evidence based management and use it for planning, budgeting and monitoring purposes,” said Ms. Violeta Krsteva, State Statistical Office Director, Head of Social Statistics. 

During the workshop, representatives of the State Statistical Office presented the abundance of data produced by the SSO at the national, regional, and local level and participants were able to work with live data accessible from, such as the MAK STAT database that provides key data at municipal level; and TransMonee a database that captures a vast range of data relevant to social and economic issues relevant to the situation and well-being of children, young people and women in countries of Central Eastern Europe and Commonwealth of Independent States (CEE/CIS).   

The workshop in Tetovo is the second in the series of workshops which were kicked off in Strumica in December 2013.  Over the course of the coming months the “Triple AAA Statistics workshop” will be traveling to Veles,  Stip, Ohrid, Bitola, Kumanovo, and Skopje.  



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