DevStat is pleased to inform of its contribution to the organisation a High-Level Seminar on “Policy-data nexus, experience sharing between EU countries and Asia” will take place in Bangkok, Thailand, 14th and 15th October. This Seminar is organized for Eurostat in close cooperation with ESCAP (Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific).
The High-Level Seminar will provide a platform for discussions on national and international practices for engaging a dialogue between policy-makers and statisticians, especially in relation to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals. Social, economic and environmental policies should be based on scientific methods to gather evidence on target populations, evaluate alternative scenarios and measuring their impact. The seminar is expected to deliver suggestions, ideas and reflections to the ESCAP Committee on Statistics – the highest coordinating body of statistics in Asia and the Pacific- that will take place the same week.
DevStat has mobilized top-level European statistical experts for conducting lectures and discussion sessions.
During the next three years, DevStat in cooperation with our partner T&T Executive for the logistics, will support Eurostat in organizing similar conferences in Africa, Latin America and Europe.
DevStat provides since 2004 advisory services to international organisations and national governments for the improvement of public policies based on statistical evidence, improving the functioning of their National Statistical Institutes, being a regular consultant to the European Commission, the World Bank and several United Nations agencies.
José CERVERA, CEO of DevStat, attends the 6th meeting of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) Expert Group on ICT household indicators (Geneva, 15-19 October 2018), as member of the sub-group discussing how to produce statistics on ICT skills.
Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) are changing the labour market, social relations, trade, medicine and almost every other aspect of our daily lives. The skills required for successfully adapting one’s life to the rapid changes are diverse, from finding information on-line to using new means of communication to being able to process large amounts of data. Measuring the gaps in skills is necessary to adopt ICT education policies for all, to fully benefit of the rapid evolution of technology. Statisticians from all the world discuss how to produce meaningful data on ICT skills through household surveys, in the framework of international standards for ICT statistics. For more information see http://www.itu.int/net4/ITU-D/forum/expertgrouponhouseholds/forum/ .
DevStat joins the GODAN (“Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition”) Network (www.godan.info), an international network of organizations aiming at promoting the dissemination and use of open data to inform policies for improving agriculture and nutrition worldwide. Through the increased access of data from public and private partners, and using statistical analysis techniques, policy-makers should be able to design and monitor better policies.
DevStat’s experience in open data includes organisation an international conference for Eurostat in 2016 on Linked Open Data presenting the methods for increasing the value of data sources through their combination, as well as the statistical analysis of hundreds of thousands of open public tender documents for the support of European trade policies.