Ghana Statistical Service consolidates Research and Academia on 2021 PHC

By Ibrahim W. Abubakari

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  1. The Statistical Service of Ghana has organised a stakeholder engagement forum for key actors from research and academia on the 2021 Population and Housing Census (PHC).

The one day census seminar with research and academia according to the Ghana Statistical Service is the first of its kind after several attempts and its forms part of the result advocacy strategy meant to engage with data users before data collection and not after data analyses as it has always been.

The statement, a copy of which was made available to Tungsung Radio in Wa, said 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 and to produce relevant data, it is important that the users of the data have the chance to share their views on what they want from the data.

The census is estimated to produce over 2 million disaggregated indicators to be used in more than a 100 ways to solve the nation’s development challenges.

According to the two page statement the seminar featured presentations in the following three thematic sessions: 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. The presentations highlighted the benefits of conducting the census and the need for all stakeholders to support the conduct of a successful census.

The seminar which was chaired by Professor Emerita Takyiwaa Manuh featured an address by the Government Statistician, Professor Samuel KobinaAnnim 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,

The theme for the seminar was “Modernisation of data generation systems to increase data quality, timeliness and utilisation for decision-making: The Case of Ghana 2021 PHC,

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