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Author Berry, Sandra H., 1949- author

Title Designing a system for collecting policy-relevant data for the Kurdistan Region--Iraq / Sandra H. Berry, Nicholas Burger, Harun Dogo, Krishna B. Kumar, Alessandro Malchiodi, Jeffrey Martini, Tewodaj Mengistu, Howard J. Shatz, Alexandria C. Smith, Artur Usanov, Joanne K. Yoong
Published Santa Monica, CA : RAND, [2014]
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Description 1 online resource (xxiv, 107 pages) : illustrations
Contents Introduction -- Kurdistan regional government institutions and data interactions -- Available data and statistics -- Policy and data priorities of the Kurdistan regional government -- Data requirements to address policy priorities of the Kurdistan regional government -- Methodologies for data collection and handling -- Institutional arrangements to meet policy priorities -- A recommended roadmap to policy-relevant data collection -- Conclusions and next steps -- Appendix A: RAND data team meetings -- Appendix B: Kurdistan regional government websites summary -- Appendix C: Log of available documents -- Appendix D: References used to inform the data spreadsheets for the priority policy areas -- Appendix E: Data-related information and communications technology and physical infrastructure to meet policy needs -- Appendix F: Comments on proposed organizational charts for the Kurdistan regional statistics office
Summary Comprehensive and reliable statistics are crucial for policy formulation in any region or country. The Kurdistan Region--Iraq (KRI) is hampered by the lack of such statistics as it aims to improve infrastructure, encourage private-sector development, attract foreign investment, and create a sustainable economy. The authors of this study, which was funded by the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), interviewed officials in several KRI ministries, assessed available data within the KRI, conducted cross-country benchmarking, and studied best practices in data-collection methodologies. In this volume, the authors describe the KRG's statistical institutions; identify ten high-priority areas for the KRI and the types of data that should be collected to support policymaking in these areas; and outline a system to collect and disseminate these data on an ongoing basis. The authors conclude with a series of recommendations on the topics that should be addressed by statistics legislation, the structure and oversight of data institutions, the implementation and use of surveys and censuses, and the use of administrative data. Together, these recommendations provide a road map that will help the KRG assemble the core elements of a quality data system, which, in turn, will increase the availability of data to help KRG leaders achieve their most important policy goals
Notes "Data Source Database & Data Indicators Spreadsheets" available on CD-ROM in back pocket
"Kurdistan Regional Government."
"Ministry of Planning."
"RAND Labor and Population."
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 103-107)
Notes Print version record
Subject Statistics -- Iraq -- Kurdistān -- Methodology.
Kurdistan -- Statistical services.
Kurdistan -- Statistics -- Government policy.
Form Electronic book
Author Burger, Nicholas E., author
Dogo, Harun, author
Kumar, Krishna B., author
Malchiodi, Alessandro, author
Martini, Jeffrey, author
Mengistu, Tewodaj, author
Shatz, Howard J., author
Smith, Alexandria C., author
Usanov, Artur, author
Yoong, Joanne K., author
Labor and Population Program.
Rand Corporation, issuing body
ISBN 0833086464 (electronic bk.)
9780833086464 (electronic bk.)