Tools and Databases


PRISM - Pacific Regional Information System Management -  is a regional web portal, connecting visitors to all Pacific Island national and territorial statistical agencies. PRISM also provides content management systems, training and support to National Statistics Offices.

Improving Data Accessibility and Utilization has always been a major component of the Ten Year Pacific Statistics Strategy (TYPSS) since its inception in 2010. In particular, focusing on the increase in transparency, accessibility and user-relevance of statistical information systems and databases across all sectors to national and regional/ international users in both web-based and computer-based applications.

The tools and projects currently being designed and implemented by the Statistics for Development Division (SDD) of the SPC contribute to delivering this core component.

Visit the PRISM website


A large proportional of the development indicators collected in the Pacific region can be displayed on a map, such as health and well being, access to employment and service provision. These datasets can vary quite markedly across countries, within countries, even within towns and cities. Visualising such information spatially tells a more powerful and compelling story when compared to the same data being hidden in cumbersome statistical tables. Additional data layers such as school locations and health facilities can be added, and satellite imagery can be used as a backdrop. PopGIS2 allows users to map their own data, as long as they match the administrative national and sub-national boundaries used in the system.

Visit PopGIS page on Prism website Visit PopGIS Regional Mapping website

National Minimum Development Indicator (NMDI)

The SPC National Minimum Development Indicator (NMDI) database contains a selected number of statistics and indicators which experts in these various fields regarded as the absolute “must-have” information, to provide a succinct picture of the state of development concerning a particular development theme. It also includes all population-based MDG indicators, which can also be accessed through 8 distinct MDG Folders. In compiling this database, preference is given to national statistics over international estimates, except where countries recognise and themselves report international figures, such as WHO data on TB. Data contained in the NMDI database is regularly updated, and provides the statistical basis for the annual MDG Pacific Regional tracking Report, compiled by the Pacific Island Forum Secretariat (PIFS). They also feed into the various UN interagency working groups for Global MDG reporting.

pdfNMDI for Public Health

Visit the NMDI website

SDD Innovations

SDD Innovations provides an opportunity for you to participate in shaping the future direction of SDD. As we develop and test new ideas we will post them on this site and ask for you to give us your feedback.sdd inn icon

Visit the SDD Innovation website