National statistics are an essential component of policymaking. However, many national statistical systems face challenges in collecting, producing, analysing and disseminating the data required for sustainable development. Without making further improvements to their statistical capacity, they are at risk of falling further behind under the twin demands of the reporting requirements of international agreements and the need to ensure the quality and rigor of new data sources. However, PARIS21 experience shows that the capacity of national statistical systems can be strengthened, providing countries with a solid foundation for long-term national development and good governance.
PARIS21 has launched a pioneering approach to capacity development — Capacity Development 4.0 – that goes beyond technical skills and places an emphasis on leadership, change management, advocacy and networking. PARIS21’s new Capacity Development 4.0 Guidelines provide a user-friendly way to integrate the new approach into the programme management cycle. Though the guidelines, users can quickly identify which features and related actions are relevant to their particular situation.
These are the first guidelines to advise national statistical offices and development cooperation agencies on how to engage in country-led, sustainable and participative statistical capacity development. The guidelines explain the CD4.0 approach and present 30 activities on how to implement capacity development programmes, illustrated by case studies to provide real-world context.
In addition to technical skills, the guidelines place an emphasis on softer skills such as leadership, change management, advocacy and networking. The guidelines are designed to align with the programme management cycle so that users can quickly identify which features and related actions are relevant to their particular situation, while numerous case studies provide practical context.