About the event
On May 31, The Partnership in Statistics for Development in the 21st Century (PARIS21) and Cepei held a kick-off meeting for the Latin American and the Caribbean Community of Practice (CoP) on Data-Driven Communications.
This initiative convenes national statistical offices (NSOs) of the region and actors outside the statistical system to exchange knowledge and strengthen capacity to communicate data for decision-making.
“Cepei and PARIS21 identified that NSOs’ communications experts in the region lack their own space for peer-to-peer exchange. The CoP offers opportunities to connect and share processes and strategic approaches,” stated Philipp Schönrock, Executive Director of Cepei.
Schönrock also mentioned that “this community will be a learning space to strengthen NSO’s communications capacities and bring data closer to decision-makers.”
Argentina, Colombia, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, and Uruguay are current members of the CoP. We expect other countries to join this initiative to strengthen the regional network and exchange common challenges regarding timely and effective data communications.
The power of data for effective communication
The introductory meeting featured regional and international panelists who discussed the importance of statistics for developing public policies and how to bring data closer to decision-makers and other sustainable development stakeholders.
CoP members presented their perspectives on the current need to communicate data. They highlighted challenges in terms of misinformation produced by non-official sources, how to communicate statistical censuses, and the lack of knowledge of the various formats for presenting data and statistics.
National Statistics Office
Head of the External Relations and Communications Unit
Director of communications
National Institute of Statistics and Census
Communications & Partnerships Manager
Data Ecosystem Advisor
What the CoP will deliver in 2022
Benchmarking of communications capacity of NSOs in LAC and beyond
Study in 44 countries worldwide to gauge capacity, activities, and needs
Understand where and how to prioritize support to communications in order to strengthen the use and understanding of statistics
Interactive comms talks to exchange with peers in the regional communications and statistics communities and beyond
Virtual chat to share news from NSOs in the region in real-time
A whitepaper on best practices of data communications
“Cepei and PARIS21 identified that NSOs’ communications experts in the region lack their own space for peer-to-peer exchange. The CoP offers opportunities to connect and share processes and strategic approaches”.