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The UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) aims to:=20
=E2=80=A2 Gather a wide range of quality statistical information to help=
Member States analyze the efficiency and effectiveness of their programmes=
and to inform their policy decisions;
=E2=80=A2 Interpret and report= on the global situation with regard to education, science and technology, = culture, and communication;
=E2=80=A2 Develop new indicators to bette= r reflect emerging policy issues, especially in developing countries;
= =E2=80=A2 Set and apply standards so that data are cross-nationally compar= able;
=E2=80=A2 Reinforce national capacities enabling Member States = to improve the quality, analysis and use of national and international data= .
The Institute's current programme includes:=20
=E2=80=A2 Improving the quality of education data collected through annu=
al surveys, in co-ordination with OECD and Eurostat through the shared UOE =
(UNESCO-OECD-Eurostat) methodology in order to obtain a core set of quality=
education data, covering all levels of formal education from pre-primary t=
o tertiary, as well as literacy and educational attainment data;
=E2= =80=A2 Developing benchmarks and monitoring international goals, especially= the Millennium Development Goals (see 3.3.5) and the objectives of Educati= on for All (EFA);
=E2=80=A2 Developing and maintaining key measuremen= t frameworks and classifications (e.g., ISCED) and developing new indicator= methodologies; developing and implementing an adult literacy assessment to= measure the full range of literacy skills;
=E2=80=A2 Working with do= nors to reinforce national capacities in the production and use of educatio= n statistics, particularly in Africa and Asia;
=E2=80=A2 Analyzing an= d interpreting education data - i.e. turning data into information.
Data dissemination and analysis=20
The UIS releases education data three times a year (January, May, and Oc= tober) through its on-line Data Centre (www.uis.unesco.org). It also contri= butes education data for all major international reports such as the World = Bank's World Development Indicators, Education for All Global Monitoring Re= port, UNDP Human Development Report, UNICEF's State of the World's Children= and others. The UIS also collaborates with regionally-based organizations.= The annual flagship publication for education statistics is the Global Edu= cation Digest, which is usually released in August.=20
Other publications are available in print or CD-ROM formats and for cons= ultation via the UIS website (www.uis.unesco.org), including:=20
=E2=80=A2 Statistical profiles (country and issues-based);
=E2=80= =A2 Thematic research and analysis;
=E2=80=A2 Methodological guides a= nd international classifications.
1. Ongoing methodological work:
=E2=80=A2 ISCED r= eview;
=E2=80=A2 Indicator methodologies;
=E2=80=A2 Literacy pr= ojections;
=E2=80=A2 Review of historical literacy statistics;
= =E2=80=A2 Analysis of data on children out of school.
2. Priority objectives beyond 2011:
=E2=80=A2 Dat= a quality;
=E2=80=A2 Learning outcomes;
=E2=80=A2 Benchmarking = education quality.
3. New work to be undertaken in 2011:
=E2=80=A2 R= egional platforms for data collection and analysis
4. Meetings to be organized in 2011: =E2=80=A2 ISCED Technical Advisory Panel;
=E2=80=A2 ISCED Editor= ial Group meetings;
=E2=80=A2 ISCED global inter-agency launch;
= =E2=80=A2 Regional and global workshops on children out of school;
= =E2=80=A2 Regional and cluster education statistics workshops (in Africa, A= sia and Latin America and the Caribbean);
=E2=80=A2 National data pla= n workshops;
=E2=80=A2 National workshops in selected sub-Saharan Afr= ican countries to reinforce their capacities to compile, report and use edu= cation finance data for policymaking.
The Institute's current work programme includes:=20
Ongoing methodological work:=20
=E2=80=A2 Production of handbook and guidelines for the 2009 UNESCO Fram=
ework for Cultural Statistics;
=E2=80=A2 Formulating recommendations = for the improvement of the cultural component of international classificati= ons;
=E2=80=A2 Methodological work on the measurement of the diversit= y of cultural expressions.
Priority objectives beyond 2011:=20
=E2=80=A2 Develop appropriate methodologies and standards that can be im=
plemented by countries in order to support the development of cultural stat=
=E2=80=A2 Undertake the collection and dissemination of selec= ted cultural data via global surveys;
=E2=80=A2 Develop and maintain = cross-national databases for selected cultural domains;
=E2=80=A2 Pro= vide technical assistance to countries in the area of cultural statistics;<= br /> =E2=80=A2 Produce timely and policy-relevant data analysis;
=E2= =80=A2 Support the work of UNESCO Culture sector and countries concerning t= he use of statistics for evidence-based policymaking.
New work to be undertaken in 2011:=20
=E2=80=A2 Release results of the 2010 UIS data collection on feature fil=
=E2=80=A2 Develop and pilot test a new questionnaire on= cultural statistics;
=E2=80=A2 Technical assistance to selected coun= tries in order to facilitate the production and analysis of cultural statis= tics;
=E2=80=A2 Produce a second handbook on a selected issue related= to cultural statistics.
Meetings to be organized in 2011:=20
=E2=80=A2 Training workshop on the 2009 UNESCO Framework for Cultural St=
atistics in Africa;
=E2=80=A2 Meeting of Expert Group on the UIS Cult= ure Pilot Questionnaire.