“How do we improve our aid statistics?”

Public meeting organised by the RSS International Development Working Group / Official Statistics Section

5 June 2014, 5:00pm (tea from 4:30pm)

Royal Statistical Society, 12 Errol Street, London, EC1Y 8LX



Jane Casey, Sam Kutnick, Sian Rasdale – Department For International Development

Judith Randel - Co-founder and Director of Development Initiatives

Chaired by Neil Jackson, Chief Statistician, Department For International Development

Meeting description

Data and statistics are critical for decision-taking and policy-making in international development. In recognition of this, there is now a call for a 'data revolution' in support of the post-2015 development agenda.

This event will discuss how UK aid statistics can be improved. A number of statisticians from the UK's Department for International Development will present on their work reporting UK Government expenditure on Official Development Assistance (ODA). This seminar will provide an opportunity to understand the purpose of these statistics, the latest UK position, and an opportunity to consider potential improvements to the National Statistics outputs and longer term developments to the data used to produce ODA statistics.

Judith Randel from the NGO Development Initiatives will provide a response, which will be followed by lots of time for discussion and Q&A. This will be the first public event organised jointly by the new RSS International Development Working Group, in conjunction with the Official Statistics Section.

More information about DFID statistics is available from : https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-international-development/about/statistics

Attendance is free and open to all, whether fellows of the RSS or not. Pre-registration is however recommended. You can register by email [email protected] or by phone (020) 7638 8998. Tea/coffee will be served from 4.30 PM.

For further information about the meeting contact Sian Rasdale: [email protected] ; or Sam Kutnick [email protected] .