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Measuring and Monitoring Public Engagement in Qatar. "Measuring the Un-measurable: Challenging the Limits of Official Statistics" 27 Feb. 2012. Hamad bin Jabor bin Jassim Al Thani President, Qatar Statistics Authority. Outline. The Rationale Public Engagement: Concepts and Definitions

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Measuring the un measurable challenging the limits of official statistics 27 feb 2012

Measuring and Monitoring Public Engagement in Qatar

"Measuring the Un-measurable: Challenging the Limits of Official Statistics"27 Feb. 2012

Hamad bin Jabor bin Jassim Al Thani

President, Qatar Statistics Authority

Qatar Statistics Authority


Outline
Outline

  • The Rationale

  • Public Engagement: Concepts and Definitions

  • Important areas of Public Engagement

  • Impact of Public Engagement

  • Data Sources

  • Measurement tools

  • Challenges to measuring Public Engagement

  • Way Forward

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Rationale
Rationale

  • Qatar Vision 2030 focuses on the four areas of development, namely Economic development, Human development, Social development, and Environmental Development

  • Official statistics are capable of portraying a country through a set of indicators, maps, graphs, etc.

  • The traditional socio-economic and environmental indicators (GDP, HDI, MDGs indicators, etc.) do not adequately measure the achievement of the goals targeted in Qatar Vision 2030.

  • New Statistics and indicators are needed.

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  • Why is measuring Public Engagement important for Qatar and for the Region?

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Public engagement concepts and definitions
Public Engagement: Concepts and Definitions

  • Public engagement is a process that brings people of all walks of life together to address issues of common importance.

  • Public engagement builds a feeling of belonging.

  • Builds trust in policy makers.

  • Creates opportunities for citizens to become involved in problem solving and decision making.

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Some important areas of public engagement
Some important areas of Public Engagement

  • Education and access to information

  • Health and wellbeing

  • Sports and leisure

  • Culture and Heritage

  • Energy and Environment

  • Policy Consultations

  • Media including Social Media

  • Social Protection

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Impact of public engagement
Impact of Public Engagement

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Data sources
Data Sources

  • Specialized surveys

  • Administrative data from various Ministries and other Government Units

  • Research activities by specialized groups

  • Social Media

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Examples of qatari social media statistics
Examples of Qatari Social Media Statistics

Source: Computing Research Institute, Qatar Foundation April,2011

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Examples of qatari social media statistics cont d
Examples of Qatari Social Media Statistics (Cont’d)

Source: Computing Research Institute, Qatar Foundation April,2011

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Examples of qatari social media statistics cont d1
Examples of Qatari Social Media Statistics (Cont’d)

Source: Computing Research Institute, Qatar Foundation April,2011

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Examples of qatari social media statistics cont d2
Examples of Qatari Social Media Statistics (Cont’d)

Source: Computing Research Institute, Qatar Foundation April,2011

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What to measure
What to measure?

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What to measure1
What to measure?

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What to measure2
What to measure?

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Measurement issues to consider
Measurement Issues to Consider

  • Standards do not currently exist at the international level

  • There is a need to identify target population/“Different publics”

  • Involves talking to people and not about people

  • Build trust and ensure confidentiality

  • Design appropriate data capturing means

  • How will the information be used

  • How will the information change the life of the provider

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Improving response
Improving Response

  • Example: 2010 Population Census Publicity Campaign

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Measurement process will help answer the following questions
Measurement process will help answer the following questions:

  • How active is civil society in Qatar?

  • Should Qatar develop a policy environment that fosters public engagement?

  • What is the impact of public engagement on life satisfaction in Qatar?

  • Is Qatar achieving it’s vision and goals?

    • Qatar National Vision 2030

    • National Development Strategy 2011-2016

    • Qatar National Master Plan 2032

    • FIFA World Cup 2022

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Challenges to measuring public engagement
Challenges to Measuring Public Engagement

  • Better understanding of the concept

  • Need for an appropriate framework for Qatar

  • Need to increase public awareness on the issue of Public Engagement

  • Need to develop appropriate measurement tools/indicators

  • Need to identify required resources, including capacity building of staff

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Way forward
Way Forward

  • QSA to initiate the process and together with partners develop the appropriate methodology for measuring Public Engagement

  • To identify the stakeholders/Public institutions

  • To create awareness on issues/outcomes of Public Engagement

  • To collect data and assess the current status of Public Engagement

  • To prepare recommendations and inform decision makers on the current status of Public Engagement

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Way forward cont d
Way Forward (Cont’d)

  • To encourage the development of a strategy to enhance Public Engagement to achieve the goals of Qatar National Vision 2030

  • To collaborate and seek advice with international/regional/research institutions

  • To develop a repository to monitor Public Engagement in Qatar.

  • To ensure sustainability of the project at national level.

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Thanks
Thanks

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