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International Statistical Fellowship Program. Eric Rancourt Director, International Cooperation Division Statistics Canada. Outline. Background Objectives Program Structure Progress-to-date. Background. Why this program? Need identified internationally

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International Statistical Fellowship Program

Eric Rancourt

Director, International Cooperation Division

Statistics Canada

outline
Outline
  • Background
  • Objectives
  • Program Structure
  • Progress-to-date

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background
Background

Why this program?

  • Need identified internationally
  • Consultations (UNECA, AFRISTAT, PARIS21)
  • Statistics Canada’s experience
  • Statcan – CIDA partnership

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objectives of this presentation
Objectives of this presentation
  • Describe the program
  • Present initial accomplishments
  • Provide an opportunity to react
  • Inform about future plans

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objectives of the program
Ultimate Objective:

Practical improvement of the statistical management capacity, according to the realities of each participating NSO, in order to produce the most relevant and highest possible quality statistics to support evidence-based policy development and decision making.

Objectives of the program

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Intermediate Objectives:

Improve statistical office management and effectiveness of national statistical system

Contribute to improving the national statistical development strategy

Promote knowledge-sharing

Support gender equity

Objectives of the program

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Immediate Objectives:

Promote sound statistical office management practices and use of tools that are adapted to each organizational culture

Provide a structured approach to building and implementing a plan

Increase regional and international cooperation

Maximize ability to share knowledge and engage in continuous learning within and among statistical agencies

Objectives of the program

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program structure
Program structure

To reinforce the management capabilities of the NSO’s of participating countries, the program has three phases:

Identification of priorities with respect to management practices by selected countries.

A one and a half week seminar in Ottawa to foster knowledge-sharing and mutual learning experience;

A follow-up phase where participants write a strategy paper. Statistics Canada will monitor the implementation of specific action plans over a two-year period.

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phase i selection criteria
Phase I: selection criteria

The candidate National Statistical Office (NSO) must have:

  • A basic infrastructure and statistical capacity to absorb, implement and sustain the techniques and principles.
  • A legal basis for official statistics in place (i.e. a Statistics Act or equivalent).
  • A National Statistical Development Strategy (NSDS), or equivalent, completed or near completion with statistical capacity building identified in the Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (PRSP).

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phase i preparing for the seminar
Phase I: Preparing for the seminar
  • Identification of priorities
  • Engagement
  • Preparing a presentation of the country/NSO

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phase ii the seminar
Phase II: The seminar
  • Themes and tools
  • Presentations by participants
  • Workshops
  • Subject-matter discussions
  • Open discussions with questions/answers

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governance and planning themes
Governance and planning themes

Statistics Canada’s Corporate Business Architecture model

Human Resource Management

Recruitment, Development, Mobility

Auditing and Finance

Information Technology

Cooperation with User Community

Quality Assurance Management

Data confidentiality – Policy and practices

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governance and planning tools
Governance and planning tools

Planning and management

Relation with respondents

Acquiring and using Administrative Data

Statistics and Gender

Communication and Dissemination

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isfp seminar meetings
ISFP seminar meetings
  • The ISFP provides opportunities for participants to meet key players from Statistics Canada.
  • Meetings with the Chief Statistician of Canada

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phase iii follow up
Phase III: Follow-up
  • Confirm management topic selected
  • Prepare a strategy paper (6 months)
  • Implement strategy (12-18 months)
  • Monitoring by Statistics Canada

(Potential technical assistance support)

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phase iii symposium
Phase III: Symposium
  • To strengthen the relationships among participants.
  • Participants will
  • organize and attend presentations
  • review case studies
  • share knowledge
  • discuss the lessons learned during the development of new tools.
  • Planned for Fall 2014

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phase iii symposium preliminary thoughts
Phase III: Symposium Preliminary thoughts
  • A typical workshop would last a week and would have the following parts:
  • An introductory session on issues of relevance to African NSOs.
  • Sharing the Canadian experience:
  • Sharing good practices from selected African countries:
  • Sharing the experiences of significantly challenged countries:
  • Facilitators from Canada, selected experienced African Heads of NSOs in relatively advanced systems, and selected experienced NSOs Heads in struggling countries.

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isfp knowledge sharing
ISFP knowledge sharing

ISFP will seek participation from pass participants to return as presenters for future seminars.

To engage in knowledge-sharing with new participants to maintain the relevance and continuity of the program.

It will allow the creation of an ongoing learning network among participants in the program and their respective NSO.

They will also have the opportunity to outline the lessons and benefits they obtained from the program.

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progress to date
Progress to-date
  • Initial development
  • First pilot cycle (Ethiopia, Malawi, Mauritius)
  • Feedback from participants
  • Improved program

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lesson learned from isfp 1
Lesson learned from ISFP 1
  • Reduce duration of the seminar.
  • More time have been dedicated bilateral meetings.
  • Less formal presentations and more time for discussions.
  • Emphasis on exposing participants to Canadian challenges and how they were solved.
  • Learn from the experiences of participants on the same issues.

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isfp event schedule
ISFP Event schedule

Over the next 5 years, countries in Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean will be invited to partcipate in the ISFP aiming not only at the acquisition of management knowledge but also at continued local development and ownership.

Sessions currently planned

Fall 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 (Symposium), 2015

Winter 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015

Spring 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015

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THANK YOU – MERCI

Éric Rancourt

Director, International Cooperation Division Statistics Canada

Eric.rancourt@statcan.gc.ca

Marc Lemay

ISFP Manager, International Cooperation Division Statistics Canada

Marc.lemay@statcan.gc.ca

Isfp-info-pigos@statcan.gc.ca

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