Designing a System for Collecting Policy-Relevant Data for the Kurdistan Region — Iraq
May 23, 2014
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Comprehensive and reliable statistics are crucial for policy formulation in any region or country. The Kurdistan Region — Iraq (KRI) is hampered by the lack of such statistics as it aims to improve infrastructure, encourage private-sector development, attract foreign investment, and create a sustainable economy. The authors of this study, which was funded by the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), interviewed officials in several KRI ministries, assessed available data within the KRI, conducted cross-country benchmarking, and studied best practices in data-collection methodologies. In this volume, the authors describe the KRG's statistical institutions; identify ten high-priority areas for the KRI and the types of data that should be collected to support policymaking in these areas; and outline a system to collect and disseminate these data on an ongoing basis. The authors conclude with a series of recommendations on the topics that should be addressed by statistics legislation, the structure and oversight of data institutions, the implementation and use of surveys and censuses, and the use of administrative data. Together, these recommendations provide a road map that will help the KRG assemble the core elements of a quality data system, which, in turn, will increase the availability of data to help KRG leaders achieve their most important policy goals.
Kurdistan Regional Government Institutions and Data Interactions
Available Data and Statistics
Policy and Data Priorities of the Kurdistan Regional Government
Data Requirements to Address Policy Priorities of the Kurdistan Regional Government
Methodologies for Data Collection and Handling
Institutional Arrangements to Meet Policy Priorities
A Recommended Roadmap to Policy-Relevant Data Collection
Conclusions and Next Steps
RAND Data Team Meetings
Kurdistan Regional Government Websites Summary
Log of Available Documents
References Used to Inform the Data Spreadsheets for the Priority Policy Areas
Data-Related Information and Communications Technology and Physical Infrastructure to Meet Policy Needs
Comments on Proposed Organizational Charts for the Kurdistan Regional Statistics Office
The research described in this monograph was sponsored by the Kurdistan Regional Government and was conducted in RAND Labor and Population, a division of the RAND Corporation.
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