A sum of $5.2 million has been allocated to the Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN) to undertake capacity building activities.
This is contained in the 2013/2014 Estimates of Expenditure, now before the House of Representatives.
The Strategic Statistical Development Project seeks to strengthen the institutional capacity of STATIN and national statistical system, by providing financial and technical input to adopt strategic approach in improving the scope and quality of statistical services.
As of February, 2013 the project has: conducted four workshops to develop occupational definitions; and draft occupational definitions written for 30 per cent of the occupations, Health and Social Work, Education, Finance and Accounts, Sales and Marketing, among others.
Anticipated targets for the new fiscal year include: training of relevant personnel for conducting research, formulating definitions, coding, verifying and finalizing occupation within the classification; conducting writing workshops with subject matter experts and meeting with relevant stakeholders; and engagement of external consultants for the development of software to design forms and questionnaires for the capture and storage of data.
The programme will be implemented by the Statistical Institute of Jamaica and it is funded by a grant from the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development. It is scheduled to be completed by June 2013.
By Latonya Linton, JIS Reporter