The Informing a Data Revolution project has produced a number of reports and studies to further our understanding of the problems facing national statistical systems and how to increase both capacity and resources for statistics. These include a series of discussion papers, a study of statistical systems in 27 countries and a series of in-depth studies in 7 countries.

The discussion paper series features expert authors ranging from statisticians to academics with unique perspectives on statistical capacity development.

Cross-Country Studies

Country studies were carried out in three stages between May and September 2014. In Stage 1, a comprehensive database was compiled to include information on the structure, activities and outputs of statistical systems in all developing countries. Once complied, national statistical systems were divided into a small number of distinct groups with similar characteristics. Stage 2 involved a desk-study assessment of a sample of countries from each of the groups, involving 29 countries in total. Stage 3 involved in-depth investigation and analysis in seven countries, selected from each of the groups identified in Stage 1.

In-depth studies:


Cross-country studies (yellow): Bangladesh, Bolivia, Botswana, Burundi, Cabo Verde, Colombia, Cambodia, Costa Rica, DR Congo, Dominican Republic, Gabon, Ghana, Malawi, Mali, Mexico, Mozambique, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Senegal, South Africa, Trinidad & Tobago, Uganda, Viet Nam.

In-depth studies (orange): Bangladesh, Burundi, Cabo Verde, Democratic Republic of Congo, Colombia, Philippines, Trinidad and Tobago.

The results of the country studies and the discussion papers, together with other components of the project, fed directly into the Informing a Data Revolution Road Map.