The National Strategy for the Development of Statistics (NSDS) for Jamaica, which is being prepared by the Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN), is expected to be ready by mid-2019.
The National Strategy will provide a more coordinated approach in producing and disseminating data and is intended to facilitate greater harmonisation among agencies that produce statistics, reducing duplication, and enabling the national statistical system to better respond to the increased demand for information.
“So, the plan is to create a coordinated framework with harmonised concepts, definitions, methodologies, standards and classifications,” Director General at STATIN, Carol Coy, told JIS News.
She said the coordinated approach will improve production and dissemination of quality data in a timely manner, making information more readily available.
The NSDS will contain a detailed action plan for the production and dissemination of statistics over a five- to 10-year period, including capacity development needs and required institutional and infrastructure improvements.
It will provide the country with a vision for the development of statistics consistent with Vision 2030 Jamaica – the National Development Plan.
STATIN is receiving technical assistance from the Partnership in Statistics for Development in the 21st Century (PARIS21) in preparing the NSDS.
PARIS21 is a global partnership of national, regional and international statistics experts and policymakers seeking to improve evidence-based decision-making in developing countries.
“One of its (PARIS21) core programmes is to support developing countries in the design, implementation and monitoring of statistics, and this will allow developing countries like Jamaica to better respond to the increased demand for data,” Miss Coy told JIS News.
The Director General informed that already, representatives from PARIS21 have partnered with STATIN to facilitate two workshops with ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) of Government involved in the production and dissemination of statistics.
The workshops, which also included persons from academia, the private sector and other major users of statistics, were aimed at discussing matters and concerns regarding preparation of the NSDS for Jamaica.
“So, we are building a framework for action as we create this blueprint for the development of statistics in Jamaica, and once we have developed this (document), then we have to get the buy-in from other data producers and users before we move forward in carrying it to Cabinet,” Miss Coy indicated.
She added that “coming out of this, we can move forward in the production of statistics, so that Jamaicans can have more information in order to make more decisions based on data and not on judgement”.