The UN Secretary General’s Independent Expert Advisory Group (IEAG) speaks of the data revolution as an “explosion” in the volume and production of data matched by a “growing demand for data from all parts of society”. This expansion of the data ecosystem is disruptive as it requires a radical shift in attention to new capacities to deal with the plethora of new, unstructured data sources and demands from new actors and data users (NGOs, civil society and citizens).

Helping national data ecosystems respond to and manage this process requires a new approach to capacity - “Capacity Development 4.0” (CD4.0). The objectives of this approach go beyond the traditional production-side interventions to also include the strengthening of data use, literacy and results.

PARIS21 has worked with partners to produce multiple resources to help countries develop the statistical capacities necessary to attain national, regional and international objectives.

cd40 guidelines

Guidelines for Developing Statistical Capacity


Download the CD4.0 Pamphlet
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More information on CD4.0:

Results of the joint survey on New Approaches to Capacity Development

This page presents the results of the joint survey on New Approaches to Capacity Development. The survey was designed by PARIS21 in consultation with the High-level Group for Partnership, Coordination and Capacity-Building for Statistics for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (HLG-PCCB) and with support of the United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD). It was sent to the Heads of National Statistical Offices from all UN member countries on December 22nd, 2017.

Open Assessment Repository (OAR) (external site)

The Open Assessment Repository (OAR) is a platform for comparing various statistical capacity assessment frameworks. The OAR supported the work of the subgroup on Measuring Capacity within PARIS21’s Task Team on New Approaches to Capacity Development.

Capacity Development 4.0 Resources

This page provides the literature produced by the Task Team on Capacity Development 4.0 to introduce and explain the initiative. These resources are particularly addressed to those involved in the data ecosystem or who work in the development field.

CD4.0 Task Team

This page describes the work process of the Task Team on Capacity Development 4.0, a group involving representatives from NSOs, international agencies, civil society, think tanks, academia and the private sector, that was launched in May, 2017.