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Engaging parliaments in data use

Parliaments are particularly powerful actors that can change lives through the use of data in their work of representation, legislation and oversight. Acknowledging that solely increasing the production of data will not change the way it is used to develop, monitor and target policies, PARIS21 has been engaging members of parliament (MPs) on data use and increasing data literacy of parliamentary staff.

PARIS21 aims to bridge the gap between national statistical offices (NSOs) and their parliaments by strengthening the skills needed to use evidence systematically, bringing great appreciation and support for the work of NSOs and national statistical systems (NSSs). At the same time, PARIS21’s approach to engaging parliaments develops the capacity of the statistics office to communicate data for the specific purpose of parliament work. Making data useable for MPs is an investment in good governance, better policies and delivery of public services and efficient planning for sustainable development.