The 20 statisticians, national and local planners and UNFPA programme officers from Fiji, Indonesia, Mongolia, Nepal, Philippines, Solomon Islands, Thailand and Timor-Leste who participated in the Regional Workshop on the 2010 round of Population and Housing Censuses and Evidence Based Policy Making discussed a range of strategies on how governments can aim for better use of census data through better dissemination and communication of census results.
The workshop presentations and discussions were designed and facilitated by Dr. Siu-Ming Tam and Mr. Robert Letheby of the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) and with Messrs. Aloke Kar and Gamini de Silva of SIAP as course convenors. The workshop was designed to increase understanding of statisticians on the policy process and getting evidence, especially census data, into policy and to increase understanding of policy makers on how census data is produced, communicated and made accessible to users.
As the culminating activity of the workshop, each country team prepared a plan of action for improving the use of census data for policy purposes. Country-specific challenges were highlighted and several common actions were identified, including: legislating through a statistical law; strengthening of coordination among data producers and more dialogues between users and producers; and capacity building through training on more and better policy uses of statistical data.
This regional workshop is the first in a series of four SIAP 2012 capacity-building activities focusing on increasing knowledge and improving requisite skills of statisticians and key data users, particularly development planners and policy-makers, on the use of the 2010 round of population and housing census results in national and sub-national planning and evidence-based policy- and decision- making. A web-based course based on training materials from this workshop will also be developed by SIAP. The training courses/workshops are funded by the Asia-Pacific Regional Office of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA-APRO).