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Disseminating Statistical Products at CSA : Meeting User Needs Yakob Mudesir Seid yakobm@ethionet.net Deputy Director General Central Statistical Agency, Ethiopia http://www.csa.gov.et 28 April 2011, Paris. Outline. General Statement About the CSA Identifying User Needs

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Disseminating Statistical Products at CSA : Meeting User Needs

Yakob Mudesir Seid

yakobm@ethionet.net

Deputy Director General Central Statistical Agency, Ethiopiahttp://www.csa.gov.et

28 April 2011, Paris

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Outline

  • General Statement About the CSA
  • Identifying User Needs
  • Responding to User Needs
    • The CSA Dissemination Strategy
  • Tools Put in Place to Address User Needs
    • The CSA Website as a Pivot of the CSA Dissemination Strategy
      • The ENADA System
      • The ETHIOINFO
      • Price Database
      • GIS
  • Lesson Learnt and Challenges
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General Statement About CSA

  • Mandated to conduct socioeconomic surveys and compile national statistics from administrative records
  • Coordinate the national statistical system (NSS) of the country and be involved in statistical capacity building activities
  • Central data source for the country.
  • Since the launching of its Integrated Household Survey Program (IHSP) in the 1980’s, the agency has been able to conduct about 11 different surveys annually
  • Annual, bi-annual and ad-hoc survey programs:
    • Livestock, Agricultural , Industry ,Household Income/Expenditure , Welfare Monitoring , Price , Labour Force, DHS etc.
  • Population and Housing Censuses (1984, 1994,2007)
  • Agricultural Census (2002)
  • Consumer Price Index, Price Data, and other indicators
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Identifying User Needs

  • User needs were Identified through:
        • User Producer Forum
        • Users Feed Back
  • The following main needs were identified
    • Access to Aggregated Data
    • Access to Micro Data
    • Access to Indicators
    • Access to Time Series Data
    • Access to Food and Agriculture Related Data
    • Better Documentation for Better Utilization of Data
    • International Standards for Metadata Documentation
    • Access the data from anywhere -Electronic Method of Dissemination
    • Application of GIS for Dissemination
    • One Stop Shopping Service
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Responding to User Needs

The CSA Dissemination Strategy

Put in place the international standards for documentation

SDMX, DDI, Dublin Core,

Aggregated data: Freely available

The Annual Agricultural Sample surveys

The Monthly Price Indices

The Quarterly and yearly Business statistics

The Annual Employment and Unemployment surveys

The DHS survey

The Population and Housing Census

The Labour Force Survey.. Etc…

Method of Dissemination

Internet

Hard copy for government institutions and donors

Sell of Publications

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Responding to User Needs

  • NEW…. Access to Micro data
  • “The Directive Issued Procedures to Establish Procedures for Accessing Raw Data”
  • The raw data access is administered by the directive set by the Council of Ministers.
  • Why do we needed the directives?
  • Responding to the demand in a more comprehensive manner.
  • Clear Guideline for free access of the raw data
  • All development partners contributed for the survey or census
  • All government institutions
  • Students working on their Masters or PhD
  • Clear procedure for accessing the raw data by all users through a legal basis;
  • Entertain request for raw data for further analysis
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Tools Put in Place to Address User Needs

  • The CSA Website as the Pivot of the CSA Dissemination Strategy(www.csa.gov.et)
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Tools Put in Place to Address User Needs

  • Disseminate national statistics and monthly CPI figures
  • Provide access to all documentation and related metadata for all of its surveys archived in the central data bank
  • Serve as a portal for other access points for CSA’s data
  • ETHIOINFO database
  • The ENADA system
  • CountrySTAT
  • Price database
  • 485,655 hits since November 2009
  • 46,310 hits in March 2011
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Tools Put in Place to Address User Needs

The ENADA system with its efficient cataloging system is set to be available on the internet (more than 87 surveys)

Support from IHSN/ADP

Technical, Hardware, Training, Remote Support

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Tools Put in Place to Address User Needs

ENADA window to access survey documentation

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Tools Put in Place to Address User Needs

ENADA specific window to access technical documentation of the selected survey

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Tools Put in Place to Address User Needs

ENADA window to access Survey Reports

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Tools Put in Place to Address User Needs

The Variable Search window of ENADA

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Tools Put in Place to Address User Needs

A window of ENADA for the search result listing surveys having the requested variable

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Tools Put in Place to Address User Needs

Data value of the selected variable from one of the identified survey

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Tools Put in Place to Address User Needs

  • CD-ROM Publishing
  • more than 87 surveys archived with IHSN Microdata Management Toolkit  Metadata available in DDI-XML and Dublin Core formats
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Tools Put in Place to Address User Needs

  • The EthioInfo database containing main MDG indicators is available on CD-ROMs and online;
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Tools Put in Place to Address User Needs

Geographic Information System (GIS)

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Tools Put in Place to Address User Needs

GIS-Atlas of Ethiopian Rural Economy

  • The Atlas of the Ethiopian Rural Economyprovides an extensive set of maps at a disaggregated level of the context within which members of the rural population of Ethiopia acquire their livelihoods through agriculture
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Tools Put in Place to Address User Needs

GIS-Rural Facilities Atlas

These atlases use the data obtained during the cartographic work for the 2007 population and housing census. It includes a special distribution of basic facilities in the rural areas of the country

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Tools Put in Place to Address User Needs

GIS-The Census Atlas

serve as an important and accessible source of spatially disaggregated information on the demographic makeup, living conditions, and housing characteristics of Ethiopia.

the atlas will contribute to an improved understanding of spatial transformations within the country, as well as information that informs opportunities for economic growth at a spatially disaggregated level.

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Lesson Learnt and Challenges

Build on Progress of IT Products

A learning place for African Counterparts

Managing Similar International Standards and Tools

Capacity to manage different tools and applications

Infrastructure Limitations

Manage Change and Fight Resistance within the Organization

Less emphasis given for documentation, archiving and dissemination by some professionals

Assuming these activities as an extra activity

The attitude of being close to self

Fear of challenge

Lack of adequate knowledge on new technologies

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Lesson Learnt and Challenges

The Value Add for Improving Quality

The care because it will be disseminated

Focus for inconsistency checks

Focus for harmonization

Focus on standardization

New tool… The Question Bank

The value of users feedback because it is disseminated

Sustain Progress Through Integrating the Activities within the NSDS

The need for :

Proper Planning

Adequate Budget

Human Resource

Continuous Capacity Building

Emphasis for Survey Documentation

Improve the utilization of data

Improved IT infrastructure