SIAP in collaboration with Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) conducted the 2-month course in Analysis, Interpretation and Use of Official Statistics (Social Statistics) from 16 January to 16 March 2012. In total, 25 middle-level government statisticians from 15 countries, namely Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Iraq, Lao P.D.R., Mozambique, Myanmar, Nepal, Philippines, Senegal, Swaziland, Syria, Tajikistan and Viet Nam, improved their knowledge and skills in analyzing, interpreting and using data and statistics relevant to social issues.
The training course was conducted by SIAP faculty members and many experts from relevant ministries (Cabinet Office, Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, and Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare) and universities (University of Hyogo and Aomori Public College) of host government Japan as well as the World Bank’s Development Data Group.
As part of the training curriculum, the participants carried out an individual project featuring research on analysis and interpretation of appropriate primary and secondary data on a topic related to development issues of their countries. The chosen topics included poverty and its determinants, unemployment, migration, housing conditions, gender issues and health. It was an opportunity to apply newly acquired knowledge and skills on concepts, statistical methods and use of statistical software, such as STATA. Participants demonstrated their ability to apply presentation techniques during the project work presentations.
They also developed individual action plans for disseminating their acquired knowledge and skills upon their return to their counties. SIAP will follow-up implementation of the action plan to ensure that these are completed within the next six months.
Participants also observed the prefectural level statistical activities while enjoying the rich cultural and social values experienced during the field visits to Akita Prefecture.