The center for Development Studies at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina organized a workshop on December 15 and 16, 2015, to shed light on the sources of data and statistics in several areas, and the ways of analyzing and collecting them. The workshop focused on the problems facing these processes and their consequences for public policy making, in order to offer recommendations for future directions.
The workshop discussed the statistical tools, as one of the most important decision-making tools in all governmental and non-governmental organizations, and how the decision-makers can use data to make the right decisions at the right time. However, the various approaches and methods of calculating the statistical indicators, as well as the multiplicity and diversity of statistical resources at the national, regional and international levels, have encouraged the user to judge and assess the available statistics, and to rely on the best available data and information for supporting decision-making in their fields.
IDRC participated with a session led by Dr. Raed M. Sharif, Senior Program Officer at the Networked Economies Program, entitled "New and Innovative Approaches to Data Collection and Use for Policy Making". The presentation highlighted the importance of open data, big data and crowdsourcing techniques, which enable citizens to verify the legality and feasibility of government decisions and outcomes. In addition to the great uses of crowdsourcing to promote, facilitate inclusiveness and transparency and to collect policy ideas, gather support for difficult policy decisions, and generate spending plans through participatory budgeting.
The workshop was attended by a very high level and intellectual participants.