06/12/2018, Washington, DC, USA
To close the gap between the production of official statistics and their dissemination and use, development partners and funders need a better understanding of the barriers that national statistical offices (NSO) face. To assist the modernization of statistical systems, it is equally important to analyze usage statistics from national data portals and NSO websites.
Open Data Watch, AidData, and PARIS21 have collaborated to address these needs in an exciting two-part research study, with financial support from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. Our recently launched report Counting on Statistics report presents the findings from the surveys and recommendations for both NSOs and donors to increase the use of official statistics and be more responsive to the needs of one domestic user group: government ministries. The companion report Measuring Data Use presents an analysis of data portal web traffic, which provides an example for analyzing web traffic on NSO websites and data portals, along with recommendations for improving the collection of these data. Together the two parts of this project offer a holistic understanding of the barriers to the access and use of official statistics and what NSOs can do to overcome them.