The concept of a data revolution is receiving strong support across the development community, and there has been much talk about how this revolution could become a reality: through technological innovations, streamlining production processes at the international and national level, using existing data more efficiently and bringing new actors into the fold. Although the motivation and momentum exists, the greater challenge remains on how to agree on what the data revolution will mean in practice in a post-2015 environment. Eliminating poverty and promoting sustainable development requires effective action at the local, national, and regional levels and a data revolution will need to serve the needs of national and local governments. This will mean helping to build capacity and strengthen national statistical systems to produce more timely and accurate data. Achieving both goals will require the commitment of predictable and sustainable resources from governments (including donors) and international institutions. It will also mean spending available resources in a way that supports country systems while balancing, and as far as possible aligning, investment for monitoring international commitments with the production of data that can make a difference at the country level.

In this context, the Partnership in Statistics for Development in the 21st Century (PARIS21) is organizing a seminar to address, among others, the following questions:
• SDG’s and Post 2015 Goals: more goals for whom?
• How do we balance the need for international comparable monitoring data with producing data that can make a change at the local level?
• Is this revolution the ideal opportunity to place CRVS in the front line of the development agenda?

Johannes Jütting Secretariat Manager, PARIS21
Ms. Shannon Kindornay Researcher, North-South Institute
Professor Lauchlan Munro Director of the School of International Development and Global Studies, University of Ottawa
NN Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada
NN International Development Research Centre (IDRC)

Date & Time
Tuesday 30 September 2014 10:30 – 12:30

University of Ottawa Meeting Room DMS 12102

Please RSVP before Thursday, September 25th by sending an email to meredith.lunsford[at]oecd.org and danielle.beaudoin[at]statcan.gc.ca

Ottawa Draft Concept Note_0.pdf