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  • The e-Dashboard of National Indicators gives users a synopsis of how the country is progressing towards meeting the various Vision 2030 targets.
  • Aligned to their respective goals and outcomes, the indicators are presented in an interactive format, which allows users to examine performance over time.
  • Persons will be able to view indicators, such as gross domestic product (GDP) performance, as well as trends in crime.

The Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) has launched an online tool, which will enhance the transparency and accountability of the monitoring and evaluation process for the Vision 2030 National Development Plan.

The e-Dashboard of National Indicators, which was launched on Wednesday, December 4, in Kingston, gives users a synopsis of how the country is progressing towards meeting the various Vision 2030 targets, through the monitoring of some 46 indicators set out in the Plan.

Aligned to their respective goals and outcomes, the indicators are presented in an interactive format, which allows users to examine performance over time, and benchmark these to the relevant targets.

Persons will be able to view indicators, such as gross domestic product (GDP) performance, as well as trends in crime, among a host of other critical indicators to economic and social development. The dashboard will be updated annually.

In his address, Director General of the PIOJ, Colin Bullock, said in keeping with one of the guiding principles of Vision 2030 – transparency and accountability – it is important that stakeholders have direct access to relevant information, and be actively involved in the monitoring and evaluation process.

He noted that the PIOJ has made significant strides in building capacity for data dissemination, and has, since 2011, included a report on the dashboard of indicators in its quarterly economic press briefings.

“This was an important initiative to signal to the populace that development is measured not only by changes in gross domestic product, but also by tracking a much wider range of socio-economic and environmental indicators,” he explained.

The Director General explained that the quarterly tracking of indicators also assisted in wider stakeholder participation and helped to build interest in the progress of development.

“To transform our country into the place of choice to live, work, raise families and do business requires that we all participate in the process. Transparency through information, such as provided through the dashboard, is essential to your participation and general public participation. I implore everyone to use the information being provided, to be active participants in the development process, as Jamaica aims to significantly transform itself by 2030,” Mr. Bullock said. eHe said the

Meanwhile, Deputy Principal of the University of the West Indies, Mona campus, Professor Ishenkumba Kahwa, welcomed the e-Dashboard, emphasising the importance of being able to measure and keep track of economic and social development.

He congratulated the national planning agency for being “brave enough” to develop an e-dashboard, which will indicate the country’s performance over time, whether the information is positive or negative.

Professor Kahwa said it is important to measure and evaluate these indicators, in order to act, based on information. “After we have evaluated, we need to make a decision on the actions we are going to take. The central point is that we keep the spirit of the vision 2030 development plan, where the entire country came together and decided on a vision that we need to follow and share in the benefits, and the outcomes, whether they are bad or good,” he added.

He argued that Vision 2030 is not an impossible goal, as other countries such as Brazil and Mexico set out their own national goals and are achieving them.

With the dashboard, stakeholders will be able to identify areas that are performing in line with the established Vision 2030 benchmarks, while remedial action can be taken in areas that are not performing at the expected levels.

The dashboard is in keeping with the administration’s thrust towards an e-government system, and to provide access to information through the innovative application of technology, which is expected to transform the way government operates and delivers services.

The online tool was developed as a result of a partnership amongst a number of local and international stakeholders, chief of which were: the Vision 2030 Secretariat, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the Cabinet Office, JamStats Secretariat, the Information Systems Unit of the PIOJ, and the DevInfo Support Group.