Standards, Best Practices, and Lessons Learned in Civil Registration and Vital Statistics

22/02/2016 – 25/02/2016, Noumea, New Caledonia

​The United Nations Statistics Division​, in cooperation with the Secretariat of the Pacific Community is conducting a seminar titled “Civil Registration and Vital Statistics in the Pacific Islands: Standards, Best Practice and Lessons Learnt”. Taking into consideration the particularity of the countries in the Pacific region, this event is combining the standard UNSD workshop curriculum for training in the revised Principles and Recommendations for a Vital Statistics System and the regional programs and activities under the Brisbane Accord Group programme of work​. The seminar will bring together civil registrars, vital statisticians, and health officers from around twenty countries and territories in the Pacific region as well as contributions from UNICEF, WHO and ESCAP. The event will take place from 22-25 February in the headquarters of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community, in Noumea, New Caledonia…more

Federal Innovation Summit

07/06/2016, Washington, DC, USA

Hosted by Newseum, join top government officials and industry leaders at the Federal Innovation Summit as they explore the cutting edge innovations and best practices leading both the public and private sectors. The summit will feature discussions on the latest trends in mobility that empower agency workforces and the programs they offer, the evolving technologies that boost mission effectiveness and efficiency, and the innovative tools and best practices used to secure the federal enterprise…more

Accounting for the Informal Sector in SDG Statistics

11/01/2016 – 14/01/2016, Addis Adaba, Ethiopia

​As part of the African Project on ​the implementation of the 2008 System of National Accounts, the Expert Group Meeting on Statistics for SDGs: Accounting for Informal Sector in National Accounts will be organized by the African Centre for Statistics of ECA from 11 to 14 January 2016 in Addis Ababa. The purpose of the meeting is to (i) present the draft of the guidebook; (ii) share and exchange experiences and best practices of methodologies and procedures for collecting and compiling informal sector data; and (iii) share and exchange experiences and best practices on how to integrate the informal sector into national accounts. The meeting is expected to broaden delegates’ knowledge and help countries to improve the measurement of informal sector. Furthermore, the first draft of the Operational Guidebook on Accounting for Informal Sector in National Accounts will be reviewed and discussed with feedback on the follow-up revision and improvement…more

June 2020

The updated Data in the Time of COVID-19 covers some grim milestones. Tracking online mentions and traffic for coronavirus data, Learning from Coronavirus Data Use and Demand looks at trends in how public conversation about COVID-19 is being driven by data. The weekly updates by ODW and Data2X spotlight the best gender-disaggregated data on the pandemic.

Making an Open Data site desirable

What makes an open data site special, desirable, and impressive? How relevant and useful are the data? Clearly identified and well documented? Up-to-date? Unless data are meant to be stagnant (e.g. for research), typical users want data to be very current. But are there “typical” users? Are there “best” open data formats?

April 2020

With data availability and openness being so important during the pandemic, ODW regularly updates its special edition of What’s Being Said on COVID-19. In addition, ODW, the UN Statistics Division and GPSDD are working on a new website to support NSO data continuity by sharing guidance, actions, tools, and best practices.

February 2020

In February, ODW was in snowy Ottawa to co-host ConVERGE: Connecting Vital Events Registration and Gender Equality with the IDRC and UNFPA where the third and final knowledge brief on best practices and key challenges to improve CRVS systems was released. End-month was marked by preparations for discussions at the 51st UN Statistical Commission on open data, gender data, and privacy.

Regional Workshop on Gender Statistics in Africa

The Regional Workshop and Meeting on Improving Availability and Coordination Mechanism of Gender Statistics in Africa discusses how to improve capacity and strengthen gender data including the development of a minimal set of gender statistics in Africa.  The agenda covers topics ranging from coordination of gender statistics by various levels of institutions, to steps required and a roadmap for effective coordination, to an assessment of current status and best practices in countries, to stategies for bridging gaps in gender statistics.