3. Environment and multi-domain statistics (UNICEF IRC)
3.3.2 Gender and special population groups
TransMONEE database: data for understanding the situation of children in Central and East European and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CEE/CIS) region
i) Ongoing methodological work (summary description)
• Since 1992, in the framework of the MONEE project, UNICEF's Innocenti Research Centre (IRC) yearly collects and disseminates a wide range of social indicators in the following areas: demography; health and survival; education; labour markets; retirement/disability; family support; child protection (children in living in formal care, foster or guardian care, and adoption); juvenile crime; public social expenditures; basic economic indicators for the countries of CEE/CIS. The main database contains more than 800 lines of time series data, mainly received from the National Statistical Offices (NSOs) of the region. These data are carefully verified and checked when received from the focal points in the NSOs. The work of the MONEE database manager contributes to a high degree of credibility and comparability of consistent time series data.
The data and any deviations are extensively documented. The UNICEF Regional Office CEE/CIS conducts secondary analysis of statistical, economic and social reports received from correspondents in the MONEE statistical network, comparing and integrating these with data from the World Bank, IMF, ILO, EBRD, WHO, UN agencies and other sources.
• Data are gathered in large part from a network of correspondents in national statistical offices in countries in the CEE-CIS region. The correspondents are statisticians and heads of division in the NSO. Correspondents are also asked to contribute to analytical papers on specific topics, which would act as background material for UNICEF IRC and UNICEF RO CEECIS research on the region. The network of correspondents in NSOs has a capacity-building function: issues of data collection, quality, comparability and use are discussed at meetings held by IRC jointly with UNICEF Regional Office for CEE/CIS. The iterative process has strengthened national capacities in statistics data collection and analysis (especially on Child Protection issues), and has helped to identify areas in national data collection that needs strengthening/additional information to better perform timely social impact analysis.
• The data received from the NSOs are elaborated and checked by the MONEE database manager and a selection of them are presented in the TransMONEE database (containing around 160 tables with times series data. The 2009 edition of the TransMONEE database covered the period 1989-2007/8).
• TransMONEE database is extensively used by researchers monitoring the impact of social and economic changes on child well-being.
• Information available on TransMONEE is used as a tool for assessment/analysis, evaluation, advocacy and monitoring progress of child protection reforms by the UNICEF Regional Office for CEE/CIS in Geneva.
• TransMONEE database is publicly available in English and in Russian on the Internet in Excel format at website http://www.transmonee.org as well as in the UNICEF IRC website (http://www.unicef-irc.org/databases/transmonee/) and in DevInfo format (www.MONEEInfo.org The MONEEinfo version is prepared by the UNICEF RO CEECIS).
ii) Priority objective of the work (for 2010)
• Preparation of the TransMONEE database 2010. Data quality control, calculation of indicators with standardized methodologies. Work on (comparable) definitions of the indicators. Interaction with the NSOs correspondents.
iii) New activities
• Revision of the data templates and of the database to improve the quality/quantity/relevance of the provided information.
In 2010, the UNICEF Regional Office for CEE and CIS (www.unicef.org/ceecis) will convene a meeting of statisticians who are focal points for the MONEE database. A few Deputy Heads of UNICEF offices will also attend and other UN agencies will be invited.