The ADP and National Institute of Statistics Rwanda (NISR) hosted a series of Microdata Outreach Workshops in August to reach out to data users from the National University of Rwanda (NUR) School of Public Health in Kigali, the NUR in Butare, and the INES Ruhengeri.
Earlier in May 2013, the NISR launched the National Data Archive (NADA) as a platform for disseminating survey and census microdata. With ADP support, the NISR conducted Microdata Outreach Workshops as an innovative strategy for user advocacy and services.
During the workshop, the NISR introduced the existing survey microdata to participants and the dissemination of existing tools and policies. Participants gained hands-on training in the use of the National Data Archive (NADA) and exploring survey data.
NISR representatives and university participants also engaged in user-producer dialogues to exchange feedback on data availability and access policies, reveal challenges of using microdata, and brainstorm ways to implement programs for promoting the use of microdata. The exchanges between data users and producers are expected to strengthen the existing partnerships between NISR and universities in Rwanda and lead to future opportunities for promoting the use and value of microdata.
As next steps, the ADP is currently actively seeking partners and innovative ways to sustain the impact of the workshops and further empower data users in Rwanda.