Schedule of Activities

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ACTIVITY
DATES
1 COMPOSITION & WORKSHOP FOR NSDS DESIGN TEAM December 2013
2 ROAD MAP PRODUCTION Dec 2013 – 4th March
3 BENCH MARKING TOURS 19th Jan – 1st Feb
4 RETREAT TO PREPARE NSDS DESIGN GUIDES & TOOLS 19th – 25th Feb
5 NSDS BULLETIN PUBLISHING(First Two Editions) 4th March & 15th April
6 MEETING AND TRAINING KNBS SSC 6th March
7 INITIAL INTER-AGENCY STATISTICS COMMITTEE (IaSC) MEETING 11th March
8 INITIAL SECTOR STATISTICS COMMITTEE (SSC) MEETING 13th March
9 ASSESSMENTS OF STATISTICS IN KNBS SECTOR 10th March – 30th May
10 TRAINING WORKSHOP FOR SECTOR STATISTICS COMMITTEES 17th – 21st Mar
11 ASSESSMENTS OF STATISTICS IN MDA SECTORS 24th Mar – 13th June
12 ASSESSMENTS OF STATISTICS IN COUNTY SECTORS 24th Mar – 13th June
13 OFFICIAL LAUNCH OF NSDS PROCESS 25th April
14 WORKSHOP TO REVIEW SECTORS’ REPORTS & TRAINING ON DEVELOPMENT OF SECTOR PLANS 16th – 22nd June
15 DEVELOPMENT OF SECTOR PLANS 7th July – 8th August
16 RETREAT TO REVIEW THE SECTOR PLANS 11th – 16th August
17 INTERNAL WORKSHOP FOR NSDS DESIGN TEAM & KNBS SSC/IaSC 26th – 30th August
18 RETREAT TO DRAFT NSDS DOCUMENT 8th – 13th Sept
19 WORKSHOP TO PEER REVIEW THE NSDS DOCUMENT 24th Sept
20 OFFICIAL LAUNCH OF NSDS DOCUMENT 4th Nov

Download detailed NSDS Workplan.pdf

Where are we now

The Bureau with technical assistance from the African Development Bank (AfDB) has started rolling out the process. In this connection, a number of activities have been undertaken including the following:

The NSDS design team has been constituted with Mr. Benjamin Avusevwa as NSDS Coordinator. Sensitization and statistical advocacy have been and continue to be done as a “permanent activity” of the process. Some high level Government officials have been sensitized and a Data User-Producer workshop was held in September 2013 to sensitize key stakeholders.

Capacity has been built through a training workshop for statisticians across government and a training workshop for the NSDS design team.
A road map for guiding the whole process has been designed, instruments for collecting information have been designed, sectors for the first phase of the NSDS process have been selected, and a monthly NSDS Bulletin will been produced to keep stakeholders informed about the progress made.

Overview

Kenya has a history of strategic planning for statistical development. The first five-year Statistical Plan for the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS), then a government department in the then Ministry of Planning and National Development, covered the period 2003-2007. This plan was instrumental in the transformation of the CBS into a semi-autonomous Government Agency, Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS), by an Act of Parliament (the Statistics Act No.4 of 2006). KNBS core mandate is outlined under the said Act that empowers the organization to be the principal agency of the government for collecting, analyzing and disseminating official statistical data in Kenya. The Act further empowers KNBS to be the custodian of official statistical information, establish standards and also promote the use of best practices and methods in the production and dissemination of statistical information across the National Statistical System (NSS).

The second plan covering the period 2008-2012 was based on a comprehensive review of the previous Strategic Plan and lessons learnt. The process of designing the third plan, called the National Strategy for the Development of Statistics (NSDS) has started. While the first two plans focused on the Bureau, the third plan will cover sectors (government ministries, departments and agencies –MDAs, with KNBS and Counties as special sectors). International “best practice” requires that NSDS design process should follow a sectoral (or bottom-up) approach whereby a Strategic Plan for Statistics (SPS) is designed for each sector and the SPSs are used as building blocks for the overall NSDS (see figure below). This approach leads to enhanced coordination of the National Statistical System. It is fortuitous that the design of the NSDS has coincided with the design of Strategic Plans for MDAs and Counties. This coincidence creates a good opportunity for inter-linkage between Sector Plans for Statistics and Strategic Plans for MDAs.

The design of the NSDS also takes place at a time when a new Constitution has come into force. The Constitution places a lot of emphasis on accountability which calls for evidence-based policy, planning, decision-making, monitoring and evaluation at the centre and in the counties, and hence the need for comprehensive and quality data.

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