Enhancing skills of Government Officials in implementation of ICT technologies in the statistical activities
SIAP in collaboration with Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) conducted the Third Group Training Course in Application of Information Management and Related ICT for Official Statistics from 21 May – 20 July 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.
This training consisted of lectures, practical exercises, field visits and a group project work. To improve their knowledge of implementing ICT technologies in the statistical activities, the participants were made to practice and test their practical skills in the application of various types of software that are widely used in the national statistical systems.
For the group project work, participants conducted a household survey on Level of Living and Educational Attainment on a national population, for which they were required to carry out all the tasks usually carried out by a data processing unit of a statistical office – from drawing of samples to preparation of tables containing main survey results to the preparation of a technical report. The project work helped the participants to acquire an experience of applying what they learned during the course in practice.
The course was conducted by the SIAP faculty with active support of from different offices of the Government of Japan, particularly the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications. Apart from the SIAP faculty, the resource persons for the course were drawn from Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare, National Statistics Center, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, Geographical Survey Institute, Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, and those from the World Bank’s Development Data Group and Fujitsu.
The course also included field visits to Oita Prefecture Government Office, Sony/Taiyo Corporation, Chiba University, Statistics Bureau of Japan, Fujitsu, Tokyo Stock Exchange, Tokyo Commodity Market and Hanjo Life Safety Learning Centre. In the Oita Prefecture Office, the participants got an exposure of the statistical activities carried out at prefect ural level as well as experienced the rich cultural and social values of the Prefecture.
Each participant also developed an action plan; i.e., the steps they would take to ensure that the knowledge and skills gained from the training course would be shared in their organizations. The main action to be taken is that of providing training on a specific topic that would be of immediate relevance to their offices. To prepare the participants for conducting the training sessions, the course trained them on training principles and methods and presentation techniques.
The participants are expected to submit a report on implementation of their action plans within six months of completion of the course.