The Statistics for Development Division (SDD) is one of SPC’s seven technical divisions and operates from SPC’s headquarters in Noumea, New Caledonia.
The SDD team is comprised of statistical experts including demographers, economists, epidemiologists and social statisticians working alongside technological experts in geographic information systems, database development, data-processing and web development - all supported by highly skilled publications, project management and financial planning staff.
SDD's goal is to strengthen the capacity of national statistical systems and social and economic planning agencies to provide policy-makers and analysts with important demographic, economic and social indicators for planning and decision-making. Our work is guided by the Ten-Year Pacific Statistics Strategy 2011 – 2020, and our current work programme is guided by the 2015 - 2017 SDD Strategic Plan1.04 MB.
SDD’s core activities revolve around data collection, analysis and dissemination. Along with technical assistance provided during collections, we run specialist training workshops around the Pacific region, and Noumea-based attachments where Pacific Region National Statistics Offices staff work alongside SDD staff on specific projects.
SDD has been providing technical support to Pacific Island Population and Housing censuses since the 1990s. Following the adoption of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in 2000, SDD developed a scaled-up regional household survey programme, to assist countries in the collection a broad range of social and economic statistics, required for regular monitoring and reporting of progress.
SDD aims to help countries reduce their reliance on sample surveys. Over the past 3 years we have supported the implementation of administrative databases and processes with associated management information systems. These systems provide access to data covering the entire population, and do so on a more regular basis, compared to household surveys, undertaken only every five years, at best. Our programme involves work in:
- Education Statistics through the implementation of Education Management Information Systems (EMIS)
- Economic Statistics through the establishment of business registers and other administrative databases
In addition to assisting individual countries and territories with the dissemination of their statistical collections, SDD has also undertaken direct initiatives to bring data for the Pacific region to the attention of a wider audience.
- The PRISM project - www.spc.int/prism - is a regional web portal, connecting visitors to all Pacific Island national and territorial statistical agencies. We also provide content management systems, training and support to Nation Statistics Offices.
- The NMDI central regional database found at www.spc.int/nmdi contains 200+ development indicators spanning a broad range of social and economic development applications, including all population-based MDG indicators. Currently, work is underway to expand the coverage of this database to include the indicators for the proposed , once final agreement on coverage is reached in 2016.