Capacity Building at the Kurdistan Region Statistics Office Through Data Collection

Capacity Building at the Kurdistan Region Statistics Office Through Data Collection

Shmuel Abramzon
Nicholas Burger
Bonnie Ghosh-Dastidar
Peter Glick
Krishna B. Kumar
Francisco Perez-Arce
Alexandria C. Smith
Copyright Date: 2014
Published by: RAND Corporation
Pages: 96
https://www.jstor.org/stable/10.7249/j.ctt6wq950
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    Capacity Building at the Kurdistan Region Statistics Office Through Data Collection
    Book Description:

    The Kurdistan Region of Iraq needs policy-relevant data to help improve infrastructure, encourage the private sector, attract foreign investment, and foster economic growth. The Kurdistan Region Statistics Office needs to build capacity to collect the data. RAND worked closely with the Office to build capacity by preparing, conducting, and analyzing the first round of a survey of the regional labor force.

    eISBN: 978-0-8330-8648-8
    Subjects: History, Sociology, Law

Table of Contents

  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-ii)
  2. Preface
    (pp. iii-iv)
  3. Table of Contents
    (pp. v-viii)
  4. Figures
    (pp. ix-x)
  5. Tables
    (pp. xi-xii)
  6. Summary
    (pp. xiii-xiv)
  7. Acknowledgments
    (pp. xv-xvi)
  8. Abbreviations
    (pp. xvii-xviii)
  9. Glossary
    (pp. xix-xx)
  10. CHAPTER ONE Introduction
    (pp. 1-6)

    Comprehensive and reliable statistics are crucial for policy formulation in any region or country. Statistics make it possible to identify the most pressing needs, track progress of current policies and initiatives, and plan future development. Most importantly, statistics are the foundation for successful policy planning in many areas. The Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI) lacks the statistics it needs to improve infrastructure, encourage private-sector development, attract foreign investment, and create sustained economic growth. For instance, high youth unemployment rates in the Middle East have led to mounting frustration and social unrest. Unemployment was a key concern of the Kurdistan Regional...

  11. CHAPTER TWO Sampling Design
    (pp. 7-14)

    Sampling is a critical, and perhaps the most technical, part of designing and conducting a survey. During our discussions with KRSO director Serwan Mohamed at the start of the project, it became clear that building capacity in this area among KRSO staff was important. By working with the staff on the sampling for an actual survey—the KRLFS—and through a two-day sampling design workshop, we sought to build this capacity.

    The KRLFS gathers information on employment and other labor force data from a random sample of households throughout the KRI. Sampling is significantly more cost efficient than gathering information...

  12. CHAPTER THREE Questionnaire Design
    (pp. 15-20)

    During early meetings with KRSO staff and other key stakeholders, we took stock of challenges and specificities relevant for understanding the KRI labor market and clarified the objectives of the new labor force survey. Taking these factors into consideration, RAND and the KRSO designed the survey instruments for the KRLFS following a workshop on questionnaire design held in Erbil in February 2012. In preparation for designing the questionnaire, RAND and the KRSO reviewed surveys previously conducted in Kurdistan and internationally, considering their strengths and weaknesses and the information gaps that needed to be filled.

    As described earlier, the design, implementation,...

  13. CHAPTER FOUR Data Collection, Cleaning, and Validation
    (pp. 21-24)

    Reflecting the KRSO’s established expertise in survey fieldwork implementation, the KRSO staff, led by the central office in Erbil and with support from each of the three governorate offices, implemented the KRLFS. RAND supported the data collection process through a set of preimplementation workshops (summarized later in this section) and by making staff available to help the KRSO address issues as they arose. The KRSO carried out the following steps:

    A field test of the survey on a small sample of households in one rural and one urban cluster took place in June 2012. The KRSO and RAND discussed the...

  14. CHAPTER FIVE Analysis and Results
    (pp. 25-42)

    The KRSO and RAND jointly conducted the data analysis for the 2012 KRLFS, a process designed to facilitate timely reporting of results and capacity building within the KRSO. Once data collection was complete, the KRSO provided RAND with complete, final copies of the KRLFS dataset. Working from the discussions on questionnaire design and critical labor force statistics, the RAND team developed a set of labor force indicators (reported in the next subsection) and provided the KRSO team with the metrics and guidance on how to construct these indicators from survey items. The two teams then worked in parallel to construct...

  15. CHAPTER SIX Recommendations for an Enterprise Survey
    (pp. 43-46)

    The KRSO is planning to conduct a survey of small and large establishments, in coordination with the CSO in Baghdad, based on questionnaires the CSO has developed for this purpose.¹ In RAND’s previous project to support data collection for policymaking in the KRI, we stressed the importance of having a reliable measure of GDP as an indicator for monitoring the performance of the KRI economy. We therefore propose modifying the survey so that, in addition to gathering valuable information on enterprises, it can contribute to the calculation of GDP for the KRI.

    With some modifications, the existing KRSO/CSO establishment survey...

  16. CHAPTER SEVEN Conclusions and Next Steps
    (pp. 47-50)

    This report has documented RAND’s activities to improve data collection and reporting in the KRI. The overarching goal of this work was to assist the KRSO in developing capacity while producing valuable data for policymaking. We worked closely with the KRSO and in consultation with relevant ministries to prepare, conduct, and analyze a survey critical to policymaking by the KRG, the KRLFS, from start to finish. This survey will enable ongoing monitoring of trends in labor force participation, unemployment, and other indicators for the region.

    Our work with the KRSO focused on complementing its existing strong expertise in survey field...

  17. APPENDIX A Sampling Design
    (pp. 51-68)
  18. APPENDIX B Rotation Scheme for the KRLFS
    (pp. 69-74)
  19. References
    (pp. 75-76)