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Capacity Building through Technical Assistance

Statistical capacity is a nation’s ability to collect, analyze, and disseminate high-quality data about its population and economy. Timeliness, accuracy, and relevance of data are dependent upon the capacity of a nation’s statistical system, often composed of several organizations and offices. The U.S. Census Bureau provides capacity building oriented technical assistance and training to national statistical organizations. With an emphasis on realistic long-term results, the U.S. Census Bureau works with current and future leaders within statistical organizations to develop sustainable and dynamic institutional capacity.

In-country technical assistance programs range from short, one-time training activities to multi-year projects with multiple visits. U.S. Census Bureau staff partner with government officials, subject matter specialists, data clerks, and others in national statistical offices to provide one-on-one training and technical support, as well as workshops for larger groups.

Assistance to any country generally begins with a request from a statistical office to a donor agency for assistance with particular statistical needs. Typically, this involves a three-way partnership among the donor agency, the national statistical organization, and the U.S. Census Bureau in setting objectives, designing a strategy and work plan for capacity building, and monitoring progress toward objectives.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau | International Programs |  Last Revised: 2013-01-31T11:06:59.163-05:00