Regional Data Drive

June started with a lot of activity to improve measurements. At the global level, the “Metrics from the Ground Up: Measurement in Action” gathered members of the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) in Washington, DC, to discuss common challenges and solutions for metrics and evaluation. Members include investors, capacity development providers, researchers, and entrepreneurs who represent organizations on the forefront of innovation and rigor in impact evaluation.

At the regional level, the push for better data and greater data cohesion across countries is also particularly noticeable. Latin America, for example, is looking for comparable data to identify gaps in each country. Ingrid Santamaria, director for the Regional Center for the Promotion of Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises (CENPROMYPE) within the Central American Integration System (SICA), recently announced in the Dominican Republic that the organization is working with statistics agencies in each of SICA’s eight member countries to standardize data to monitor the growth and impact of enterprises. The objective is to benchmark progress in entrepreneurship ecosystem strengthening the region.

Covering the wider Latin America region, the Buenos Aires-based research organization, PRODEM, has in turn offered a new tool to begin the discussion -- The Index of Systemic Conditions for Dynamic Entrepreneurship. The index is the result of a three-year research project, and its bilingual analysis report provides an assessment of the current situation in Latin America vis-a-vis international terms. The report also includes several contributions from international experts and entrepreneurs from the region, and received financial support from the Multilateral Investment Fund at the Inter-American Development Bank. The index and the ranking will be periodically updated.

The Korean Entrepreneurship Foundation (KEF), a non-profit foundation in Seoul with a growing Research Unit, has kicked-off its survey-based project Entrepreneurial Index. For this project, KEF has partnered with South Korea’s Science and Technology Policy Institute (STEPI) SMBA think tank, and has enlisted academics at industry-academy cooperation research centers of universities.

For its part, the International Statistics Institute (ISI) announced that the ISI-Regional Statistics Conference to be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in November 2014 will aim to bring together researchers and practitioners as well as users and policymakers from around the world to discuss research, applications and best practices involved in knowledge discovery and innovation. The conference theme "Statistical Science for a Better Tomorrow" seeks to attract researchers and practitioners who are actively involved in statistical science in academia, industry, national statistical offices, national and international agencies, central banks, and other groups. With the support of the World Bank Trust Fund for Statistical Capacity Building, ISI is calling for applications for support to attend the regional conference until June 30, 2014. This conference is being co-organized by ISI’s South East Asia Regional Network in collaboration with Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM), Department of Statistics Malaysia (DOSM) and the Malaysia Institute of Statistics (ISM).

We look forward to reporting on the outputs from these data drive around the world, and most importantly, on how it informs policymaking.


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