How Statistical Capacity Building projects benefited Sudan

The Trust Fund for Statistical Capacity Building (TFSCB) Administrative Unit at the cbsDevelopment Economic Data Group (DECDG) launched a new blog series “TFSCB: Statistics for a Better World” earlier this year to share the impacts of the World Bank’s TFSCB in low- and mid-income countries over the last 20 years.

One of the projects that benefited from the TFSCB was the Sudan Statistical Capacity Building project.

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Official Statistics in a Post-Truth World

edelman-1Submitted by Haishan Fu On Thu, 06/14/2018

I’ve been thinking about the role of data and digital technology in today’s information landscape. New platforms and technologies have democratized access to much of the world’s knowledge, but they’ve also amplified disinformation that affects public discourse. In this context, the official statistics community plays a critical role in bringing credible, evidence-based information to the public.

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Leveraging behavioral insights in the age of big data

­Access to an extremely large amount of data has enabled us to pursue research endeavors that just a couple of years ago seemed unimaginable. Examples of amazing big data applications in the field of economics are all over the place: using job-portals data to inform labor market policies; analyzing citizens’ reactions to public policies using Twitter; creating daily inflation data using billions of records from online retailers around the world; and even measuring economic growth from outer space!
The data revolution is open to anyone with the right tools, and big data can be useful to answer policy questions. Pairing big data with some of the traditional methods of data gathering such as household surveys can yield timely information and can help shape appropriate policy responses. For instance, traditional household surveys, from which unemployment estimates are calculated could carry outdated employment data by the time they become available. But big data can complement this effort in places where unemployment rates correlate with the frequency with which people use Google to search for jobs, as in the case of Brazil, that could be used to estimate real-time unemployment rates.

Monthly unemployment rate and google searches for “looking for a job” in Brazil, 2006-17

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Announcing funding for 10 Development Data Innovation projects

In July of 2016, the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data (GPSDD), Data collectionsannounced a new multi-million dollar funding initiative to support collaborative data innovations for sustainable development. Today, the Partnership, working in close collaboration with the World Bank’s Development Data Group, is delighted to announce the recipients of the pilot round of this initiative.

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eC2:Firm for Data and Capacity Assessment of Selected Municipalities in Nepal

Deadline: 28-Feb-2017 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)Data collections

Specific objectives include:
1) Individual assessments and summary report of 20 municipalities including what tabular and spatial data exists, what format this data is in, how existing data is being used, what data must still be collected, what technology, including equipment, is currently being used to apply the data to the planning process of the municipality;
2) Study of data standards/specifications being used for collection and maintenance of data pertaining to cadastral, critical infrastructure, land use, etc. as well as broader planning and hazard/risk assessments;
3) Recommendation on what municipal services could be linked with geospatial data; and,
4) Preparation of a strategy for enhancement of technical capacity and equipment for different types of municipalities.

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eC2: Risk Communication Research for the Open Data for Resilience Initiative

Deadline: 08-Feb-2017 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

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This project seeks to document the third pillar of the work program, Using Data, similar to how OpenDRI has documented its first two pillars through the above publications. This pillar brings together ideas and efforts from the fields of risk communication, user-centered design, and civic technology to ensure that investments in generating, collecting and sharing data contribute to evidence-based and risk-informed policies, ideally causing change in policy and behavior. Further, the third pillar seeks to inform the ways in which OpenDRI designs projects falling under the first two pillars.

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TCdata360: A Big Addition to the World of Open Trade & Competitiveness Data

WASHINGTON, January 9, 2017—The inequalities that make some countries poorer than trade-data360-frontothers include inequalities of information. To make sound decisions on economic development, policymakers need reliable and—just as important—readily accessible data. That is the concept underlying a new World Bank Group platform called TCdata360, an open platform for trade and competitiveness data from inside and outside the World Bank Group.

TCdata360 combines vetted datasets from more than 20 organizations—including the Bank Group, United Nations, World Trade Organization, World Economic Forum, and Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development—in an interactive, easy-to-use platform.  Busy policymakers, development practitioners, academics, and industry specialists can use the site to access, compare, and download timely data on some 2,000 indicators related to a wide variety of trade and competitiveness topics such as trade logistics, global value chains, investment climate, entrepreneurship, and the cost of business operations.

TCdata360 provides snapshots of countries’ economic performance on key indicators. 

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Statistics Netherlands (CBS) starts unique initiative for Big Data research

cbsWith the launch of a Center for Big Data Statistics (CBDS), CBS is initiating cooperation of an unprecedented scale in the field of Big Data. The CBDS involves national and international parties from government, the business world, science and education all
working together in the area of Big Data technology and methodology for the production of official statistics. The CBDS is launched officially on 27 September 2016.

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Newsletter: Best Practices, Tool and Events NL for World Bank – September, 2016

This morning the third edition of 2016 NL4WorldBank newsletterwas published.
In this edition the focus is on Ecofys; A Dutch companies success story as well as the MoU signed bij Netherlands Statistics and the World Bank Group,  a new tool introduced by RVO and a couple of important upcoming events! 
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Statistics Netherlands and World Bank sign MoU

Statistics Netherlands (CBS) and World Bank Group have signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the desire to carry out activities cbsconducive to helping developing countries improve their statistical systems for collecting, processing and disseminating quality and timely data for evidence-based policymaking in order to achieve their national development goals as strive towards the Sustainable Developments Goals (SDGs).

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