Data is key to Sustainable Development

Labour Market Information System

Strengthening national data systems is the silver bullet to many countries with regards to indicators.

(LabourMIS - APO-COACH's indicative sample LMIS)


See the impact of the LMIS in Rwanda on the labour statistics framework, described by the National Institute of Statistics of Rwanda,  → here ← 

Characteristics of our LabourMIS

Our holistic LabourMIS delivers information on all common labour market indicators inherently and facilitates evidence-based decisions.
Data pillars
Information systems can be as good as the data they process. Thus data shall be retrieved only in a suitable way, with the limitation that there is enough capacity to do so (e.g. although it may be more accurate to have a population census done every year, this is not realistic).
In general LMISs use census / micro-census data and administrative data for regular monitoring of development over time, and survey data for the purpose of looking into phenomena more deeply.
Still there are objects of monitoring that would better base on, but do not produce administrative data, like informal employment, and can thus only be recorded using inspections, studies or surveys.

Quality aspects

The FREE formula

Flexibility + Relevance + Effectivity + Efficiency = Sustainable utility

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Flexibility
An information system is flexible if it is able to react promptly to changes. In this way information systems should behave like living organisms and adjust to the modifying environment.
Changes can either result from new or adapted indicators (due to development or policy transformations), new editions of international categorisations, or restructuring of stakeholders and data delivering institutions (DDI).
Therefore it is necessary to
  • monitor national and international standardisation institutions;
  • have close cooperation with stakeholders and DDIs; and
  • always have up-to-date information on indicators and monitoring needs.
Relevance
An information system is relevant if it is instrumental in the achievement of the objectives set for an organisation. Or in other words: the information given must answer the questions asked.
Therefore it is necessary to
  • have close cooperation with those who ask the questions – the certain groups at the ministry and the stakeholders;
  • also save metadata like: when was this dataset saved and by whom;
  • have close cooperation with stakeholders and DDIs; and
  • always have up-to-date information on indicators and monitoring needs.
Effectivity
An information system is effective if it produces the planned output and in addition harnesses the data available to a maximum extent.
Therefore it is necessary to
  • plan the output accurately together with stakeholders;
  • cross-check data of the same kind from different sources;
  • have brainstorming sessions from time to time, to find out, whether there is more useful information hidden in the data stored; and
  • take into account that a non-planned output also means output to an unauthorised person.
Efficiency
And an information system is efficient if it produces outputs without wasting resources.
Therefore it is necessary to
  • allocate computing capacities adequately;
  • collect on the appropriate level and demand from DDIs only data needed; and
  • minimise costs in means of software licenses and robust (non repair intensive) hardware.

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Information is key to Education

TVET eLibrary

Provides schools and colleges with learning materials and spreads tailor-made teaching materials via internet.

Challenge: insufficient bandwidth

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Solution: minimize the file sizes!

  • Use of scanners and computers with OCR software
  • Partition of literature (e.g. complete books or brochures) into chapters or paragraphs (text, image, table, etc.) and assignment to a particular publication

Results

  • Small file sizes, easy and quick to download;
  • Individual availability of information in various formats (audio, video, text, table, image, etc. ...) for various vocations by the means of smart categorization and key words;
  • Easy file search via intuitive design of the eLibrary.

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