Inception Workshop for the project Strengthening research and studies for improved quality of SDG statistics in Central Asia

8 May 2019 to 10 May 2019
Bangkok, Thailand
By invitation only

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The Inception Workshop for the project Strengthening research and studies for improved quality of SDG statistics in Central Asia was organized by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) Statistics Division in collaboration with the Russian Federation Federal State Statistics Service and the National Research University Higher School of Economics. The workshop was held at the United Nations Conference Centre, Bangkok, Thailand, from 8-10 May 2019.

The aim of the project, which is funded by the Russian Federation, is to strengthen the capacity of the countries of Central Asia to produce data for priority SDG indicators through the development of training material, including in the Russian language, and the subsequent design and delivery of training courses through face-to-face and/or e-learning modalities.

The objective of the inception workshop was to agree on project priorities through presentations and discussion on the following issues:

  • For which thematic areas (e.g. goals and/or targets) and/or specific SDG indicators are countries in most need of training?
  • What is the need for training related to the use of non-traditional data sources, such as geospatial information and big data, and possible new techniques such as small area estimation for the compilation of, especially disaggregated, SDG indicators?
  • Who are in most need of training? Say, managers or methodologists? Should training be pitched at the basic, intermediate or advanced level?
  • What are preferred training modalities? To what extent is their need for face-to-face versus remote / e-learning courses? For face-to-face training, in-country or subregional?
  • What are countries currently doing to train staff in the production of SDG indicators? Do they have training material, experience and/or lessons to share?

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