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Applications of the Statistical Performance Indicators

February 17, 2022



Applications of the Statistical Performance Indicators (SPI):
side event organized under the 53rd session 
of the United
 Nations Statistical Commission

  • The continuing convergence of crises – including the COVID pandemic, economic recovery efforts, the climate crisis, and more – have accelerated digitization and reliance on new data types, sources, and actors. These rapid changes in the production and consumption of data have increased the range of demands on national statistics systems. Statistical producers must become more agile and must transform and deepen their analytical capacities and processes to generate their products and services and meet new needs as they arise. 

    Several development partners have created instruments and tools designed to assess a country's statistical system. For example, the World Bank has launched the Statistical Performance Indicators (SPI) to measure the performance of countries’ national statistical systems and track their development progress. The United Nations’ National Quality Assurance Frameworks Manual for Official Statistics (UN NQAF Manual) provides guidance for countries to implement a national quality assurance framework. PARIS21 encourages and assists countries to design, implement, and monitor National Strategies for the Development of Statistics (NSDS)

    This UNSC side event will shine a light on several different approaches and tools designed to assess countries’ statistical capacity and reflect on how such assessments are country-led and respond to demand. The event will bring together an expert panel, moderated by the Director of the Development Data Group, Haishan Fu, including a Practice Manager in the World Bank’s Poverty and Equity Global Practice, Benu Bidani, the Director General of the National Institute of Statistics of Rwanda, Yusuf Murangwa, the director of the United Nations Statistics Division, Stefan Schweinfest, and Catherine Kruger who is an inter-regional advisor at PARIS21 focusing on the Statistical Capacity Monitor, statistical legislation and providing support on development of NSDS to share their experiences.

    We are looking forward to your participation in the event.


    This event is produced by the World Bank's Development Data Group.

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    For more information on the SPI, please visit this website.



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  • The event will feature a panel discussion followed by an open Q&A session from the audience.


  • Time: 9-10:15 a.m. EST, February 17, 2022
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