Data and information gathering, including disaggregated Gross Domestic Product (GDP), provides the basis for evidence-based policy choices. Sound policies are essential for economic development. Likewise, efficient economic management requires timely, accurate and reliable information. It is with a view to effectively utilize data (among others) in a systematic form to target developments in the economy that saw the emergence of the new short, medium and long term plans. Given the centrality of data to socio-economic decision making, adequate knowledge of the various methods and techniques of data generation, analysis and management is necessary for officers involved in planning, research and statistics.
At the end of the course, participants will be able to:
- Discuss the basic requirements for socio-economic data management
- Explain methodologies for data collection, analysis and management
- Use relevant computer packages for processing and analyzing data
- Interpret analysed data and write appropriate reports.
Planning and Research Officers, Statisticians and Data Officers in the public and private sectors