Measuring statistical capacity is a complex undertaking. PARIS21 is collaborating with the World Bank, UNSD, UNESCAP and Open Data Watch to provide an overview over key indicators on NSS performance measurement. The PARIS21 Statistical Capacity Monitor features over 100 performance indicators to assess statistical capacity on country-level. Indicators range from quality of data planning and data production to communication and outreach. The data are verified by our partners and country experts; and used in regional and national reporting frameworks. The Statistical Capacity Monitor thus contributes to advancing the progress towards the Agenda 2030 and regional action plans, such as the Agenda 2063.

Although some countries have seen improvements in statistical capacity in recent decades, the results have not been universal. Today, a third of national statistical offices feel that statistical capacity development programmes are not meeting their needs.

There is thus an urgent need to empower countries to track their progress towards more advanced statistical capacities, and to enable donors to invest in more and better data for development. Moreover, countries should use common criteria to evaluate their past, ongoing or planned NSDS processes, and thus improve their data planning processes. PARIS21’s Statistical Capacity Monitor was launched in April 2019 to describe global, regional and national statistical capacity trends. The Monitor features around 100 indicators on statistical capacity, and an intuitive interactive interface makes geographic and sectoral comparison, benchmarking and analysis quick and simple.

What is it?

The PARIS21 Statistical Capacity Monitor is a free online portal that lets anyone see and compare countries according to their statistical capacity, based on the most up-to-date and comprehensive set of statistical capacity indicators available. The data are verified by our country partners and used in regional and national reporting frameworks.

What does it do?

Users of the PARIS21 Statistical Capacity Monitor can view, manipulate and download country data on more than 150 statistical capacity indicators, as well as comparing countries and regions across multiple dimensions of statistical capacity.

What problem does it solve?

The PARIS21 Statistical Capacity Monitor helps governments, development partners, academics and others understand what countries’ capacity needs are in order to better align programme supply and demand, enhance coordination and advance knowledge.

Who is it for?

National Statistical Offices

Statistical Authorities

Government Agencies

Ministries of Planning

Ministries of Finance

Line Ministries or Public Agencies



Research Institutes

Statistical Training Institutes

Development Cooperation Providers

Multilateral Organisations

Regional Banks

National Development Cooperation Agencies

Civil Society


Think Tanks

Civil Society Organisations



Bloggers / Citizen Journalists



The Task Team: Coordinating with key stakeholders – A new measurement approach

The task team will contribute to validate a common definition of coordination capacity and a set of indicators suitable to measure coordination abilities of key stakeholders in the data ecosystem. It will thus contribute to the PARIS21 Statistical Capacity Monitor. The Task Team will validate and contribute to the following steps to achieve this objective:

  • Define coordination and the capacity to coordinate:
  • Conceptualization of the stakeholders’ ability to coordinate and build strategic partnerships in the data ecosystem
  • Identify mechanisms/enablers of coordination capacity:
  • Collection of tools and strategies that foster/strengthen coordination capacity based on the definition validated in the first step
  • Measure coordination capacity:
  • Comparison of methodologies, datasets and already existing measurements relevant to coordination capacity
  • Recommendation of new indicators in line with the CD4.0 framework developed by PARIS21
  • Identification of suitable use cases to test and validate those indicators