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Analytical Capacity Building In the Context of Censuses. Timothy Fowler International Programs Center Population Division U.S. Census Bureau. Health Metrics Network Calverton, MD July 10-11, 2007. International Programs Center. What we do Demographic and economic research

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Analytical Capacity Building In the Context of Censuses

Timothy Fowler

International Programs Center

Population Division

U.S. Census Bureau

Health Metrics Network

Calverton, MD

July 10-11, 2007


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International Programs Center

  • What we do

    • Demographic and economic research

    • Geographic data and analysis

    • Information resources

    • Technical assistance

    • Training

    • Software and methodology


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International Programs CenterStaff Profile

  • Approx. 60 staff, ¾ professional series, including:

    • Demographers

    • Economists

    • Public Health specialists

    • Geographers

    • Survey statisticians

    • Sampling experts (Math. Stat.)

    • Systems analysts and programmers


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International Programs CenterSponsors and International Contacts

  • U.S. Agency for International Development (population, health, emergency response)

  • U.S. National Institutes of Health

  • U.K. Department for International Development (DFID)

  • World Bank

  • UNAIDS

  • UNFPA, UNDP, UN Pop, UN Stat

  • National Statistical Organizations


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International Programs CenterFocus on Analytic Studies

  • Population and demographic trends

  • Aging

  • HIV/AIDS – trends and population impacts

  • Economic status and trends

  • Geographic studies


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International Programs CenterFocus on Information Resources

  • Demographic data and estimates

  • International Data Base

  • HIV/AIDS Surveillance Data Base

  • International Collection (150,000+ holdings)

  • Information exchange programs


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International Programs Center (IPC) International Assistance What We Do

  • Technical Assistance

  • Training

  • Software and Methodological Development

  • Analytical tools:

    • Population Analysis Spreadsheets (PASEX)

    • Rural Urban Projections (RUP)

      • With HIV/AIDS (RUPHIVAIDS)


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IPC International Assistance Goals

  • Increase Availability of Data to Support Policy Formation, Program Design, Monitoring, and Evaluation

  • Support Data Collection, Processing, Analysis, and Dissemination and Use

  • Host-Country Capacity Building


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IPC International Assistance Operating Principles

  • Host Country Ownership of Activities

  • Identify and Support Counterparts

  • Multi-donor Assessments and Support

  • Project Defined Using Most Cost-effective Strategy

  • Flexibility

  • Reimbursable Nature of Funding


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IPC Statistical Training Strategies

  • Ad Hoc Training Programs at the Census Bureau

  • Work-study Programs

  • Regional Training

  • Country Courses


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IPC Statistical Training Analytic Workshops Frequently Conducted

  • Analysis and Evaluation of Gender Statistics

  • Geographic Information Systems

  • National and Subnational Population Projections

  • Projecting the Demographic Impact of HIV/AIDS

  • Improving Data Quality


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Current and Recent Project Highlights – Kenya

  • Kenya, 1999 Census – (funded by USAID)

    • data processing support,

    • demographic analysis workshop, and

    • work studies

      • analysis and

      • dissemination via reports, mapping, and the internet.


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Current and Recent Project Highlights – Uganda

  • Uganda, 2002 Census – (funded by DFID)

    • conduct an assessment of the census plans of the Uganda Bureau of Statistics in 2000,

    • assess the census field operations in 2002,

    • provide data processing support during 2004, and

    • demographic analysis workshops in 2005


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Current and Recent Project Highlights – Tanzania

  • Tanzania, 2002 Census – (funded by USAID)

    • provide data processing assistance and support,

    • demographic analysis and projections with HIV/AIDS mortality workshops,

    • demographic work studies with Tanzanian demographers who produced reports on population, fertility, mortality, and migration


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Current and Recent Project Highlights – Yemen

  • Yemen, 2004 Census – (funded by USAID)

    • providing training and technical assistance to the Central Statistical Organization in support of

      • the census,

      • statistical capacity building,

      • decentralization activities, and

      • address data users’ needs.

    • This is a three-year project encompassing all aspects of statistical operations (planning, cartography, sampling, data processing, dissemination, and analysis) as well as provision of equipment and software to support statistical activities


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Current and Recent Project Highlights – Mozambique

  • Mozambique, 2007 Census – (funded by USAID & PEPFAR)

    • Providing technical assistance with many aspects of the census including INCAM, a SAVVY-like (SAmple Vital registration with Verbal autopsY) system designed to follow-up reported deaths in the past 12 months with verbal autopsies (MEASURE Evaluation & U.S. Census Bureau)


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Current and Recent IPC Project Highlights – S. Sudan

  • Southern Sudan, 2007 Census – (S. Sudan project funded by USAID)

    • Development of a decentralized statistical office in an area emerging from 20 years of civil war that is rebuilding basic infrastructure.

    • The New Sudan Centre for Statistics and Evaluation (NSCSE) is striving to quickly build capacity and provide badly needed data for political, social, and planning purposes.

    • IPC to provide support in the development of the NSCSE with the objective of conducting the census in Southern Sudan in 2007, which will be part of the Sudan Census in conjunction with the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) in Khartoum


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Summary Effective Assistance . . .

  • Responds to assessed needs of government, statistical office, and data users/stakeholders

  • Reflects coordination of contributions of donors and other agencies/organizations

  • Provides appropriate technology and methods

  • Incorporates multiple modes of assistance

  • Allows for follow-up and continued support

  • Focuses on host-country institutionalization and knowledge transfer

  • Respects professionalism of host-country staff


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U.S. Census Bureau International Programs CenterPopulation Division

www.census.gov (international)

Thank You !


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