Workshop on Building Country Capacity to Maintain a Central Repository of Data

Amman, Jordan, 13-15 March, 2007

1. Background Information

In 2006, ESCWA in collaboration with United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) ‎initiated a regional project to build national capacity to improve monitoring of the Millennium ‎Development Goals (MDGs) by increasing access to data and building statistical skills within a ‎large number of users across Government and Civil Society.‎
The project “Statistical Literacy and Capacity Building for MDGs Monitoring at the Country ‎Level” has three objectives: ‎

‎1. Make data more accessible by enhancing the capacity of national statistical offices to ‎maintain a central repository of data for reporting on MDGs;‎
‎2. Enhance statistical capacity and literacy by providing training to make better use of MDG ‎data and indicators to improve evidence-based management; ‎
‎3. Support evidence based advocacy by strengthening data analysis skills‎

The first activity for the project in the Arab countries was the “First Regional Training of Trainers ‎on Statistical Literacy and Capacity Building for MDGs Monitoring” organized in Amman during ‎November 2006 for national teams from Jordan and Palestine. The objective of the activity was to ‎train participants to make better use of MDG data and indicators to improve evidence-based ‎management and policy-making. The training resulted in the formation of national teams who ‎will be responsible to rollout the training at the national and sub-national levels in 2007 in order ‎to train more users to better utilize national MDGs data and indicators. ‎

Prior to the implementation of country activities, the team is requested to customize training ‎materials using an existing national database to be used as a Central Repository of Data (CRD) for ‎MDG indicators and other national development indicators. To this end, ESCWA is organizing a ‎‎“Training on Building Country Capacity to Maintain a Central Repository of Data” to be held in ‎Radisson SAS hotel in Amman, Jordan from 13-15 March, 2007. The workshop is organized in ‎collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and UNICEF Middle ‎East and North Africa Region.

‎2. Objectives

The training aims to build national capacity to conduct a needs assessment and data cleaning of an ‎existing DevInfo database in participating countries (Jordan, Palestine, and Tunisia) to ensure its ‎optimal use as a functional central repository of data for MDGs and other national development ‎indicators.‎

‎3. Expected Output‎

‎There are two expected outputs from the training:‎
‎1.‎ Preliminary assessment report (indicator inventory, data gaps, identification of changes to ‎structure and content);‎
‎2.‎ Action plan and timetable for database cleanup following the training.‎‎‎‎ ‎

‎4. Venue

The training will be held at the Ambassador Room II at the Radisson SAS hotel in Amman:‎
Address: Bin Ali Street, 11118 Amman, Jordan
Telephone: +962 6 5607100;‎
Fax: +962 6 5665160.‎
Website: ‎www.radisson.com/ammanjo

5. Accommodation

Accommodation arrangements for participants outside of Jordan will be made at the Radisson ‎SAS hotel. Participants are advised to notify organizers if they wish to make their own ‎accommodation arrangements.‎‎

‎6. Travel

ESCWA will arrange for travel to Amman for participants arriving from Tunisia. Participants ‎coming from Palestine are requested to make their own arrangements by road, and will be later ‎reimbursed in accordance with UN rules governing travel. ‎

All participants are expected to make their own arrangements for obtaining visas to Amman.

‎7. Language

The language of the workshop will be mainly in English.‎‎

‎8. Contact Persons‎

Ms. Neda Jafar
Statistician
UN-ESCWA
Tel.+961-1-978463
Fax:+961-1-981501‎
‎Email: jafarn@un.org‎


 

 

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