An integrated survey method, the Demographic Health Survey (DHS), is essential to obtain data in the sectors of health, education and agriculture.
The National Statistical Office (NSO) can, in turn, use data collected through this method for planning purposes.
National Statiscian Roko Koloma highlighted this during the 2016 Provincial Health Survey Coordinators Workshop held at Sogeri, outside of Port Moresby.
The workshop is a preliminary event to the actual National Statistical Office’s Field Data Collection Project, that is set to commence in September and November.
In the two-day workshop, 22 provincial coordinators were briefed about their fieldwork plans, costing activities and how to implement the project.
In addition, it will help participants with the knowledge of how to coordinate these activities at the provincial level.
Data collection is always difficult, but NSO has engaged with provinces and developing partners to obtain quality data that is of standard.
And these participants play an important role in successfully coordinating the NSO project in respective provinces.
“They identify places, requirements of logistics and making sure good statistics are obtained,” Koloma said.
At the moment, NSO is targeting at least 800 villages through the DHS survey to obtain accurate data.