Data integration approaches are becoming increasingly popular among official statisticians worldwide. This is due to the growing and evolving data requirements for monitoring national development plans and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the face of budget constraints and declining response rates on traditional data collection methods, i.e., censuses and surveys. Furthermore, technological advancements have made new data sources available and enabled official statisticians to produce statistics using more complex approaches. However, implementing data integration approaches requires a wide range of technical and institutional capabilities. Depending on its situation, each country may encounter different challenges needing tailored solutions.
In 2022-3, the National Statistics Office of Nepal participated in a project on strengthening the capacity to implement data integration approaches for official statistics. The project involved a practical exercise of integrating multiple data sources and included capacity development activities.
This Stats Café provided a brief overview of the project, its challenges and solutions, as well as shared the findings and lessons learned that may benefit other countries looking to develop similar data integration projects. During the session, the project report was also officially launched.