GSS launches 2nd National Strategy for Statistics Dev
THE Country Representative of the United Nations Development and Planning (UNDP), Dr Evans Klock, has urged Ghana to adopt more innovative ways of collecting data in line with the Sustainable Development Goals.
She said there was the need to bring together data collectors and users to make data collection more flexible, adding that data availability is important because it is one of the important assets for accountability.
Dr Klock was speaking at a stakeholders forum organised by the National Development Planning Commission (NDPC) in collaboration with the Ghana Statistical Service (GSS) on strengthening data production and utilization in national development.
The stakeholders bemoaned that although the demand for statistics utilization in the country is rising, resources allocated for conducting research is low.
They were of the view that more Ghanaians were demanding statistics on almost everything but government was not ready to commit resources for conducting research into those areas.
The stakeholders, made up mostly of academia, statisticians, information technology experts, development managers, CSOs and student bodies, minced no words in declaring that the attitude of government accounted for people challenging the integrity of statistics churned out by the institutions responsible for doing these jobs.
Mr Anthony Amuzu of the GSS, reiterated that data utilisation had become a crucial tool that drives development in the 21st century.
He said accurate data is recent times has become difficult due to the lack of resources for the conduct of the research.
The forum, which was to find solutions to harmonising national data collection and utilisation, was on the theme: ‘Strengthening National Data Collection and Utilisation”.