What is PARIS21?

The Partnership in Statistics for Development in the 21st Century (PARIS21) is an initiative that aims to promote the better use and production of statistics throughout the developing world. It was established by the United Nations, the European Commission, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the International Monetary Fund, and the World Bank. The PARIS21 Secretariat is hosted within the OECD’s Development Co-operation Directorate. Since its establishment in 1999, PARIS21 has developed a worldwide network of statisticians, policy makers, analysts, and development practitioners committed to evidence-based decision making. With the main objective to achieve national and international development goals and reduce poverty in low and middle income countries, the Partnership facilitates statistical capacity development, advocates for the integration of reliable data in decision making, and co-ordinates donor support to statistics. PARIS21's goal is to develop a culture of Management for Development Results (MfDR). PARIS21 pursues this goal primarily by encouraging and assisting low-income and lower middle income countries to design, implement, and monitor a National Strategy for the Development of Statistics (NSDS).

What is PISTA?

PISTA is an online platform that collects information on innovations and statistical capacity in official statistics and systematically matches identified challenges to potential solutions.

What is the purpose of PISTA?

The purpose of PISTA is to increase the adoption rate of innovative approaches in National Statistical Systems.

Why are innovations so important to PARIS21?

Monitoring progress on poverty reduction and development goals with limited resources requires cost efficiency. An important path to increase the efficiency of a national statistical system is by using technology, from computer-assisted personal interviewing to Big Data-complemented household surveys.

How do innovations find its way into PISTA?

PISTA is open to everybody. There is no focus on specific regions or specific types of innovations. As long as they offer innovative solutions for official statistics, they are included. Innovations so far have been collected via a variety of channels. First, PARIS21 collected innovative approaches during the work on the ‘Informing a Data Revolution’ project. Second, in late 2014, the ‘Global Call for Innovations’ created further input for PISTA. Third, in mid- 2015, a user platform has been introduced to give innovators a chance to promote their ideas and projects by adding innovations to PISTA themselves. Fourth, in mid-2016, an API has been created to exchange innovations with other platforms. PISTA is growing further every day.

What is GAMSO and how is it used in PISTA?

GAMSO stands for ‘Generic Activities Model for Statistical Organizations’. It describes and defines activities that take place within a typical statistical organization. The framework was introduced by the UNECE High Level Group on the Modernisation of Statistics in March 2015. It builds on the widely popular GAMSO framework and extends it by formalizing the so-called ‘over-arching processes’ of GAMSO. GAMSO uses a three-level hierarchy, ranging from broad categories such as ‘Strategy and Leadership’ (Level-1) to very specific processes such as ‘Manage data sharing agreements’ (Level-3). PISTA classifies both innovations and statistical capacity indicators following the level-3 GAMSO categories. Those innovations and statistical capacity indicators that fall into the same category are called ‘matches’.