The emergence of digital technologies and the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have given rise to new data demands, sources, skills, analytical methods and actors. It is increasingly understood that this new data ecosystem will play a key role in complementing, rather than replacing, traditional statistical approaches. However, National Statistical Systems (NSSs) still possess many gaps in their ability to identify, adopt and leverage these new opportunities.
The complexity of the new data ecosystem is requiring NSSs to reinvent and reorganise themselves accordingly. Following a Capacity Development 4.0 (CD4.0) survey undertaken in 2017/2018, which collected information on NSOs priority areas, many statistical capacity gaps have been identified. Development agencies will now need to work with developing countries as they navigate the new data ecosystem and work at going beyond the traditional production-side interventions to also strengthen relationships with new partners, develop innovative approaches to fill data gaps, engage data users and manage co-ordination of data activities.
While the 2017 Cross Regional Forum shed light on the institutional arrangements for helping countries improve SDG implementation, this year’s forum will bring together experts from partner countries and international organisations to discuss the implications of the new data ecosystem on the NSS.