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Costa Rica is famed for its natural environment and progressive approach to environmental policy making, which has yielded inspirational success stories in recent years. But successful policy making needs to be backed by statistics that are comprehensive, timely and disaggregated. When the country came to develop its most recent national strategy for the development of statistics in 2022, ensuring that data needs were adequately represented and that gaps were identified and addressed was paramount. The country’s National Inventory of Statistical Operations alongside PARIS21’s ADAPT tool gave the granular detail to inform the NSDS.
Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs) are a crucial tool for countries to monitor the effectiveness of their policymaking to achieve the 2030 Agenda. To do this, VNRs need to be informed by robust, comprehensive and user-friendly official data and statistics. PARIS21, a custodian agency of three SDG indicators, strives to improve national and local SDG reporting by helping National Statistical Offices (NSOs) to strengthen their quality and co-ordination roles as well as data-to-policy alignment in the VNR process.
Costa Rica and ADAPT
Partnerships between different data producers and users are essential to help countries build robust statistical systems that deliver accurate, timely and inclusive data for implementing and monitoring their development goals. PARIS21 engages in and drives a number of international initiatives to bring together, mobilise, and co-ordinate partners and other stakeholders in the data community and beyond to advance sustainable development through inclusive, evidence-based action.
Achieving and monitoring progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals requires more data than ever before. In this respect, 2020 and 2021 were milestone years for statistics in Paraguay. With a new statistics law, the inauguration of the new National Statistics Institute, the creation of a modern statistical system and a National Strategy for the Development of Statistics that includes the planning of gender statistics, the country is looking to build a statistical system that can provide the data that the country needs for sound policy making. From the outset, PARIS21’s ADAPT tool has been integrated into this system. One year on, what are the benefits of these efforts?
The global downturn induced by the COVID-19 pandemic has slowed and even reversed progress towards the SDGs in many areas, with vulnerable and socially disadvantaged people particularly affected. Targeted policy measures to ensure that no one is left behind require accurate, timely and disaggregated data. Although the 2030 Agenda calls for a data-driven approach to sustainable development, many international organisations and countries recognise that persistent data gaps are a major hurdle, particularly when it comes to the most disadvantaged groups. The PARIS21 Statistical Capacity Monitor features around 100 indicators that can help countries and organisations to quickly and easily analyse their statistical capacity and effectively allocate funds where they are most needed.