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Pacific Statistics Assessment

Client: Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (AusAID)
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In 2016, Sustineo produced an independent assessment of current access to and use of statistics in the Pacific. Sustineo integrated questions relevant to the stated TYPSS objectives of: improving technical capacity, production of core statistics, establishment of national statistics strategies, dissemination of information and resources, and statistics governance. In a departure from the methods employed by past studies on statistics the Pacific, this evaluation focused on international data users, technical assistance providers and development practitioners.

This evaluation defined a draft set of key social, economic and environmental indicators, referred to as the ‘Core Set of Pacific Statistics’ (CSPS). Our team identified gaps between the CSPS, data currently produced and accessible, and the National Strategies for the Development of Statistics (NSDSs). Through an extensive review of policy documents, our consultants conducted a stocktake of publicly available statistical data in the Pacific. This evaluation revealed changes with statistics detailed in the 2009 Benchmark Study to show the evolution of statistics governance in the Pacific.

The assessment made an important contribution in highlighting key issues for statistics in the Pacific that have emerged in the context of changing regional circumstances. DFAT and other stakeholders engaged noted that it provided information and generated important discussion to support the future direction of the Pacific Statistics Regional Program.

Close engagement with local and regional stakeholders was essential to the success of this project. Our team engaged extensively with stakeholders to shape the direction of our evaluation, facilitate data collection and refine our analysis. Sustineo drew on a range of regional statistics experts to ensure a rigorous assessment and fit for purpose outputs