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Making data systems work for county governments

Data SystemsCouncil of Governors in consultation with Big Win Philanthropy organized a dissemination workshop for County Governments at Silver Springs Hotel, Nairobi on 29th June 2017 2017.
The meeting was aimed at sharing the Data Mapping findings on health, education (including early childhood), youth and gender, and economic planning of nine Counties that were sampled. The sampled Counties are Trans Nzoia, Turkana, Wajir, Kakamega, Vihiga, Kisumu, Meru, Kitui and Makueni County.
Counties Data mapping exercise was conducted in November 2016 - February 2017 to establish the kind of data that currently exists. Data is used as a guiding framework for assessing the counties’ information and data needs, data availability and accessibility, as well as capacities for different stages of data production and use.
The exercise examined the resources needed to ensure the right data is available for decision makers such as governors, deputy governors, County Executive Committee members (mainly for education, health, youth and gender), and technical staff such as monitoring and evaluation (M&E) officers, planning officers, statisticians, research and development officers among others to achieve big wins for counties’ youth and children.
The demographic dividend is a temporary opportunity geared towards a faster economic growth. The reaping of the demographic dividend begins when fertility rates fall, leading to a larger proportion of working-age adults and fewer young dependents.
In Kenya, an integrated family planning (FP), education and economic development policies can facilitate a demographic dividend.
Therefore, a scenario where a balanced population age structure, combined with investments in sectors like education and health with attendant policy environment will stimulate robust economic development.
This would help Kenya achieve the Vision 2030 goal of a globally competitive and prosperous nation with a high quality of life. The exercise brought together officers from the health, economic planning, gender, education, and Monitoring and Evaluation units. Among those involved in the exercise were the National Council for Population and Development, UN Women Kenya Country Office, UNDP Kenya, Monitoring and Evaluation Department, UNICEF and African Population and Health Research Centre. The National Council for Population and Development are leading the adoption of the African Union – Demographic Dividend Roadmap.
During the meeting a report titled Making Data Systems Work for Counties: An Assessment of Data Systems to Support Investments in Children and Youth in Counties in Kenya was unveiled.

The report identified six key considerations for counties to take into account when implementing demographic dividend initiatives, namely, Optimal use of critical skills to assist all counties with implementation of policies aligned to the demographic dividend, Streamline institutional frameworks for optimal data use; Improve use of existing data systems and the data counties generate; Upgrade technology to improve county data management and processes, including data capture and Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E),Move beyond M&E and data dissemination to decision support, performance management, accountability and learning for adaptive programming and Mobilize government and donor technical, financial and other support for counties aimed at delivery.

During the dissemination, the County Governments reiterated the need to enhance the mainstreaming of the demographic dividend through the 2nd generation of CIDPs, County Strategic Plans, Fiscal Papers, Governors Manifestos and also creating awareness among the citizens.
The findings of this report provides a greater understanding of the data systems and processes needed by the counties and COG to drive delivery of results around the demographic dividend as an organizing framework.
Therefore, this sets a foundation for effective data systems in the long term, ensuring county-specific data allows for tracking the progress and impact of investment decisions, the sharing of best practice, and ultimately focused COG support to counties.
This opens up the next phase of the Demographic Dividend Project in developing a County Data Management System aimed at guiding evidence based decision making for human capital investment and service delivery.
Therefore, this partnership serves as a unique example of how the COG can be of greater value to the counties and lays the foundation for putting in place the ideal data management systems to enable them deliver results.

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