Published On: Fri, Nov 23rd, 2018

CBS exploits the power of innovative technology and is happy to work together to promote statistics

geaographyWILLEMSTAD - The Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) increasingly uses Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in many of its processes. This is an innovative technology whereby on the basis of location, data can be better generated, processed, analyzed and visualized. For example, GIS is used in the sampling framework that is based, among other things, on the most recent housing survey and is enriched with various data sources, including the census data and data from third parties such as Aqualectra and Registrar’s Office (Kranshi).

Over the past years, the sampling framework has been constantly improved by confronting it with multiple data sources that (CBS) has at its disposal. At all times, matters such as reliable and valid data are at the forefront of CBS. Here too, recent techniques play a role for GIS systems. For example, a data monitoring system is used to evaluate the data quality of the collected data during the fieldwork. The progress of field work on various aspects is monitored by means of a GIS dashboard. In addition, CBS works together with local and international universities and other knowledge institutes to make the information as accessible as possible.

Recently, CBS collaborated with the United Nations Development Plan (UNDP) on a poverty risk analysis. The analysis was carried out by means of the POVRISK analysis tool that uses data at the household level to determine how many people fall back into poverty - and the most important factors associated with that risk. POVRISK is based on a panel approach in which data from the labor force survey forms the core. The national Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) of Curaçao has been a valuable source of information that emphasizes and confirms the results found.

The findings of the POVRISK tool were in agreement with the indicators measured in the Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI). It is expected that cooperation will continue in the coming years. These findings and the newly developed methodology of the national MPI of Curacao, which focuses on poverty transitions over time, are presented at the 43rd meeting of the Standing Committee of Caribbean Statisticians (SCCS) in Montserrat and are enthusiastically received.

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