The Ten-Year Pacific Statistics Strategy (TYPSS) 2010–2020 was adopted by leaders of Pacific Islands Countries and Territories (PICTs) in 2009. TYPSS was developed in recognition of the need for a comprehensive plan to drive the improvement and development of statistics in the Pacific region. It sought to move away from annual and ad hoc planning and resourcing of statistical collections and related statistical activities by PICT governments and development partners. A lack of proper coordination was leading to uncoordinated cycles of statistical production, National Statistics Offices (NSOs) becoming overstretched in terms of capacity and under-resourced for their core census and survey programmes. Regular collection cycles were being disrupted and data quality was at risk of being compromised.
TYPSS sought to provide a longer term framework for improvements in the collection and utilisation of statistics. It also sought to make efficient use of resources across the region to maximise the development of national statistical systems and to provide regional strategic guidance, within a sound regional statistics governance structure, and thereby improve the scope and quality of national statistics for policy development and decision-making.
TYPSS is now in its Third Phase (2018–2020); the objectives for Phase 3 are:
- PICTs have technical capacity and statistical capability (either in-house or through TA) to manage and implement core statistical collections, including greater utilisation and integration of key administrative databases.
- PICTs are producing and disseminating (either in-house or through TA) an agreed core set of high-quality economic, social and environmental statistics in a timely and user-friendly manner in line with national priorities, and integrating SDGs and regional reporting requirements.
- All PICTs have in place some form of national statistics strategy or plan that articulates national priorities in line with their national development strategies and is aligned with the agreed core set of statistics.
- National statistics stakeholders are advised on an ongoing basis about emerging statistical tools, systems and international standards, and scaled-down methodologies and approaches that are fit-for-purpose for the Pacific.
- Regional governance and coordination of statistics are both functioning efficiently and effectively. this phase outlines a series of short and long-term programs to contribute to national statistics capacity development and regional statistics governance, coordination and capability.
TYPSS is scheduled to be reviewed during 2020 with a view to a new programme being developed to support statistics through to 2030 and the completion of the period of the Sustainable Development Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).