Improving Data Dissemination and Use in Pacific Island Countries

Nuku Alofa, Tonga

Background of Project:

The project titled “Improving data dissemination and use in the Pacific Island Countries” is funded by the World Bank, through the Trust Fund for Statistical Capacity Building, and implemented by SPC’s Statistics for Development Division (SDD) in partnership with SPC Members. The project will run until the end of 2019.


There are three overarching components to the project, including:



  1. Establishing the Pacific Data Library: preservation, documentation and anonymization of microdata to facilitate low-risk dissemination in accordance with formal terms of use.

  2. Standardisation of census and survey datasets: development of guidelines to construct harmonised census and survey datasets to populate comparable indicators and to facilitate secondary data analysis.

  3. A new sampling strategy for small-island Pacific states: development of guidelines to improve the efficiency of sampling in small island states in order to balance the conflicting demand for more cost effective data collection while producing high quality disaggregated development statistics.


Each component of the project includes opportunity for participating member countries to be involved in capacity enhancement activities, which will generally cover sample design, and microdata curation, standardisation, analysis and dissemination.


Workshop objectives


The Workshop is designed to provide a high level introduction of the project to Government Statisticians and representatives from national statistical agencies. Particular attention will be given to Components 1 and 2 to ensure that participants are sufficiently briefed in order to make informed decisions throughout the project, particularly surrounding microdata preservation and documentation. ​

Joint Event