New Delhi: Recognizing the importance of outcome-based monitoring to track progress on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation (MoSPI) and the United Nations in India have unveiled a plan to closely collaborate on leveraging technology for evidence-based decision-making.
They are partnering for an SDG Dashboard for India, which aims to bring together data from various datasets, portals and sectors onto one common platform. In addition, MoSPI and the UN are engaged in setting up the Data for Development Coordination Committee, which will bring together UN agencies and MoSPI, enabling stakeholders to share experiences and expertise around SDG monitoring.
A seminar on Leveraging Technology for Evidence Based Decision Making was held in the capital recently.
Chief Statistician of India & Secretary MOSPI, Prof.T.C.A Anant said that technology has made the traditional task of collecting, processing and disseminating easier but it has also ended the monopoly of statisticians as supplier of statistics. Today, everyone from school students to senior citizens can not only access and process data but is also a generator of data. This has created a challenge for official statistician. They need to focus not just on their tradition concerned and approaches but to engage with these newer participants of data users, data managers and data scientists in the data dialogue, he added.
Participants identified emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence, the internet of things, big data and blockchain as those with great potential for applications in development.
At the conference on Leveraging Technology for Evidence Based Decision-making, organized by the Indian Statistical Service and United Nations in India, case studies such as the automation of SRS-based birth and death registrations by the Registrar General of India, and collection of unemployment and employment data on increased frequency by MoSPI highlighted the role of technology in simplifying data collection and analysis.