Recognizing the need for the production of detailed economic and social data at the sub-national level to support more equitable planning and development, the Jordan Department of Statistics (DoS) has taken key steps over the last few years to make this type of statistical data available to a wide range of decision-makers.
Of noteworthy mention is the fact that a number of these commendable statistical initiatives have involved the use of DevInfo technology to help achieve the Department’s aims and objectives.
Multiple databases, adaptations in use
The DoS first turned to DevInfo in 2010 to house and disseminate the country’s most recent human development data. With support from UNICEF Jordan, the DoS launched JorInfo on World Statistics Day - 20 October 2010 - making available online for the first time national socio-economic data on over 200 indicators derived from more than 300 sources. (Click here to download an informative presentation about the database.)
At the line ministry level, Jordan’s Ministry of Information and Communications Technology has chosen to publish its national information and communications technology (ICT) data online. Launched in 2010, ICT Info represents a key step in the Ministry’s strategy for further promotion of the country’s status as a suitable location for international business development and investment.
In addition, the Greater Amman Municipality, with UNICEF support, plans to launch a DevInfo database to track a set of child-friendly indicators for Amman, in accordance with UNICEF’s Child Friendly Cities initiative.
The DoS recognizes that a well-planned dissemination strategy is vital for ensuring that the data housed within these databases gets put to good use. To this end, the DoS has undertaken a wide-scale distribution of JorInfo CDs, as well as made the English version of JorInfo available to the public online. Work is currently underway to publish an Arabic version of JorInfo in the coming days.
According to Miss Abeer AlRahil, DevInfo focal point at the DoS, “These types of awareness activities lead to new requests for database projects, as other ministries realize the value of the tool. For example, as a result of a recent training event, the DoS was approached by the Jordan High Council of Population to undertake work on a population database to house data for 885 indicators covering the period 1990 to 2010.”
The DoS has also made excellent use of the animated flipbook feature in DevInfo to help disseminate key highlights from its annually published Jordan in Figures booklet, which covers the most important statistical indicators for the country. This eBook is available in both Arabic and English.
Data making a difference.
For more information, please contact Miss Abeer AlRahil, Department of Statistics, Jordan at Abeer.AlRahil@dos.gov.jo
1 Jordan Department of Statistics, National Statistical Strategy 2008-2013, p. 5, accessed at http://www.dos.gov.jo/dos_home_e/main/linked-pdf/JordanStrategyDraft.pdfon 28 February 2012.