CIVICUS Civil Society Index

An international action-research project by and for civil society

UNDP Workshop on Indicators for Development Statistical Literacy

Posted by civilsocietyindex on July 16, 2010

The CSI research team attended the UNDP workshop on Indicators for Development: Statistical Literacy in Johannesburg, South Africa from May 17-19, 2010.  Jacob Mati, Tracy Anderson and Megan MacGarry, all working with statistics within the CSI programme, found the workshop highly enjoyable and left full of knowledge and enthusiasm to share their learnings more widely with our CSI partners and blog readers.

According to Diana Alarcon (the workshop leader and Senior Advisor and Cluster Leader for the Inclusive Development for Poverty Reduction, Bureau for Development Policy – UNDP),  “ The Statistical Capacity Development Course is designed to strengthen the skills of participants to use data and information effectively through the policy cycle to promote a culture of evidence-based policy making.”


While presented with a focus on MDG policy development, the skills and knowledge imparted are essential to the successful delivery of the CSI project, its outputs and its goals of strengthening civil society. Topics included:

  • Policy cycles and challenges for policy change
  • using strong indicators
  • the importance of detailed and clear methodology sections (known as metadata in the course)
  • advice from UNDP on how to communicate findings and write reports


CIVICUS has since created a brief of the vital information relevant to and useable with the Civil Society Index project and will share the brief upon request ( ). Indeed, UNDP is very open about sharing this material and CIVICUS thanks UNDP wholeheartedly for encouraging us to disseminate this information with our partners. 

Diana Alarcon also mentioned that UNDP “will also offer the course materials and the training of trainers so that the course can be rolled out for a larger number of people.”  Diana can be contacted directly at for further information on the course materials or if you are interested in hosting or attending a training workshop.

Course contents can also be accessed through the web at:


One Response to “UNDP Workshop on Indicators for Development Statistical Literacy”

  1. Hezbourne Obongo said

    I came across the Indicators for Development self -paced course compact Disk and found extremely useful and exciting. My request is for copies of the same or downloadable version of the same to enable us train many stakeholders in Monitoring and Evaluation.

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