Ghana Statistical Service organises Census Seminar for Research and Academia
Story By: Sheila Mensa Satori
Ghana Statistical Service has organised a census seminar for stakeholders in the research and academia field on Thursday, 11th February 2021.
The Seminar being a key part of the results advocacy strategy for 2021 PHC was under the theme: “Modernisation of data generation systems to increase data quality, timeliness and utilisation for decision-making: The Case of Ghana 2021 PHC,”
The aim of the results advocacy strategy is to engage with data users before data collection and not after data analyses as is usually the norm.
The Census Seminar with research and academia is the first of several planned engagements of census data producers with data users ahead of data collection in the yet to start 2021 PHC.
Meanwhile the mandate of the Ghana Statistical Service as the National Statistical Office is to produce relevant, quality, and timely data for the National Statistical System.
Inaddition, to produce relevant data, it is important for users of the data to have the chance and opportunity to share their views on what they want from the data.
The census is estimated to produce over 2 million disaggregated indicators which woul be used in more than a 100 ways to solve the nation’s development challenges.
At the Seminar, three thematic sessions featured in the presentation, namely: use of geospatial resources and techniques to improve census and survey data collection, analysis, and dissemination; use of technology to transform census data analysis; and use of innovative methodologies to enhance census data dissemination.
These presentations highlighted the benefits of conducting a successive census and the need for all stakeholders to support its implementation.
The Seminar which was chaired by Professor Emerita Takyiwaa Manuh featured an address by the Government Statistician, Professor Samuel Kobina Annim and presentations from the Chair of the National Technical Advisory Committee; UNFPA Chief Technical Advisor to the 2021 PHC and Curriculum Reviewers for the 2021 PHC,
There was also a walkthrough exhibit that displayed the innovative methodologies and outputs from the 2021 PHC implementation process including the computer assisted personal interviewing software to be used for data capture, products from census mapping work (such as static and interactive maps).
The exhibit also featured the questionnaires to be used for the census and the training manual for field officers that outlines the census methodology and enumeration procedures.
There were also key informational materials developed for census publicity, education, and advocacy including the 100 uses of census brochure and copies of the quarterly census newsletter.
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