The United Nations (UN) and Pacific Community (SPC) are the organisations that are funding the workshop, which aims to strengthen data collection and planning processes throughout the Pacific.
Participants who are attending the workshop are hoping to improve the quality and standards of household surveys in the Pacific region. Organisers of the workshop say the goal is to provide support on how to integrate data related to women and children from other surveys, how to incorporate complementary questions, and they are also hoping to provide a platform for support of survey design, reviewing of survey plans, and planning survey content, samples and timelines.
UNICEF Representative Sheldon Yett said the workshop would ensure global best practices were in place for household surveys in the Pacific.
“Statistically sound and internationally comparable household level data is essential for the targeting of resources to reach the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and meet the needs of the most vulnerable.”
Said SPC deputy director general Audrey Aumu: “The immense challenge to achieve the SDGs and to support our members to realise their development aspirations will be overcome through partnership with our members and development partners.
“This workshop is a necessary initiative towards generating the evidence base to form policy to improve the situation of children and women in the Pacific region”.
The workshop includes representatives from the Cook Islands, Fiji, the Federated States of Micronesia, Kiribati, Nauru, Samoa, the Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu. It will end on March 27.