Advanced Data Planning Tool (NSDS)

Background

In 2016, PARIS21 introduced its Advanced Data Planning Tool (ADAPT) to 5 pilot countries: Bolivia, Cambodia, Cameroon, Philippines, and Rwanda. PARIS21 is also collaborating with the UNSD in their assessment process for SDG readiness in 6 pilot countries and has modified the tool to suit this process. In addition, PARIS21 participated in several regional workshops where it introduced the tool.

The ADAPT tool has been modified as per the needs expressed by the pilot countries and continues to be country driven. The first half of 2017 will see the completion of the pilot countries and the development of a free online version so other countries may benefit.

There are currently two planning modules in the ADAPT software: National Development Plan and Statistical Development.
 
National Development Plan:

Evaluating the National Log Frame of Indicators-Mapping and reconciling to regional and global indicators-Data collection and planning and costing.

The National Development Plan (NDP) module begins with the current development plan usually defined by the Ministry/Department of Planning. The NDP will usually contain a series of indicators which are reported by sectors to monitor progress in attaining the goals and objectives articulated in the plan.

The system is an indicator based system. It begins with the processes involved in assuring that an indicator can be computed. The module evaluates different elements such as data availability; the institutional arrangements for processing the indicators; and the instrument used to secure the data for that indicator.

Of particular interest is the ability to reconcile regional or global indicators, such as the SDGs, to the national indicators in order to match the reporting requirements of external agencies with the national priorities. This reconciliation process focuses on localizing global or regional indicators and producing a report on gaps. These gaps include: data gaps; reporting gaps; financial gaps for the specific external collection for which a country commits to report.

Once the gaps are identified, a process for addressing them is undertaken for inclusion into the second module of the ADAPT: Statistical Development.
 
Statistical Development:

Monitoring the NSDS-Budgeting the activities under the NSDS-Planning across the statistical system.

At the heart of the Statistical Development module is the National Strategy for the Development of Statistics (NSDS). Once the gaps for reporting on the development indicators are established then a strategy should be developedto address those gaps. The Statistical Development module allows a country to define the activities and events associated with an NSDS and cost and monitor their implementation. Costing the development plan includes the detailed data collection activities defined under the National Development Plan. This can comprise surveys, censuses and administrative systems (currently only censuses and surveys have a template for costing). In addition of data collection activities, individual statistical capacity building events can be planned and budgeted.

One major value-added of the Statistical Development module is the ability to generate on-line reporting tools and visualizations on the implementation of the NSDS. Similarly, responsible officers can be assigned for implementing the activities and developing specific activity based budgets. The tool is designed to give designated officers the ability to quickly visualize the implementation and the performance indicators of an NSDS.

Regional Reporting:

Because the ADAPT is a cloud based solution, countries can opt to share their information at their discretion. This effectively promotes the interactivity between statistical offices on a peer-to-peer basis. This can be useful in harmonizing processes across countries and allow for browsing of important metadata between countries. In addition, regional organizations tasked with monitoring statistical development can likewise maintain a portfolio of countries and view the country development plans and indicator assessments and help in the process of harmonizing approaches. This facility of sharing information in real time has proven highly useful and effective.

Integration:

The key word for PARIS21 in developing the ADAPT is integration. Integrating national planning activities with statistical development is vital. The ADAPT will help in the process of integrating and coordinating the statistical processes that are important to report on the development of a country, and reflect it in the NSDS.

2017 will continue to be a year of improving the process flow of the tool. Work with the pilot countries should be finalized by the first half of 2017 with the tool and learning aids available for scaling up in the latter part of 2017.

ADAPT is an on-line cloud based tool and is currently not available as a server based solution in the country. See http://www.paris21.org/ADAPT.