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Practice Advice on Strategy and Structure

Nationally-Owned Statistical Databases (UNDP) 

Summmary Advice: The UNDP suggests that in democracies, accessible nationally-owned statistical databases and systems are important to allow the population to maintain oversight.  

Main Points:   While databases are essential for policy makers to make informed decisions, they also provide citizens with the information necessary to be able to hold the government to account. As such, citizen oversight will only be effective if there is accessible data and if the citizenry or their representatives know how to use the data for their analysis or cause. Moreover, the usefulness of the nationally-owned databases will depend on the quality and participatory nature of the indicators. A successful oversight mechanism requires broad participation and ownership on the part of all levels of governments and the citizenry or civil society. This ongoing comprehensive audit enshrines the practice of monitoring and evaluating the democratic life in a country.

Source: UNDP (2008). Capacity Development: Empowering People and Institutions – Annual Report, page 23, at www.jm.undp.org/files/UNDP%20Annual%20Report%202008.pdf (accessed 28 December, 2012).

Page Created By: Ruby Dagher on 28 December 2012. Updated by Ian Clark on 2 January 2013. The content presented on this page is drawn directly from the source(s) cited above, and consists of direct quotations or close paraphrases. This material does not necessarily reflect the official view of the publishing organization.


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