Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
    FAO Data Lab

    The DataLab for OCS and Paris 21

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    The Partnership in Statistics for Development in the 21st Century (PARIS21) was established in 1999 by the United Nations, World Bank, International Monetary Fund, European Commission and Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, with the objective of improving evidence-based decision making for sustainable development.

    The Data Lab supports the FAO Office of the Chief Statistician (OCS) and contributes to enhance the synergy between good governance and official statistics by developing an indicator that is capable of measuring how decisions reflected in national planning documents (such as national development plans and poverty reduction strategy papers) are supported through the use of statistics.

    Such indicator is made up of innovative components that make it accurate and relevant, such as a machine learning text-mining algorithm that efficiently analyses large documents in order to assess the extent to which such documents are evidence-informed. The algorithm is based on a set of keywords, a list of indicators from different international organizations, and a list of statistical terms related to the Sustainable Development Goals Agenda.

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    DataLab products resulting from this collaboration:

    Analytical tool
    An analytical tool that evaluates the use of statistics in policy making, based on policy documents in FAOSTAT.
    Faceted search engine
    A policy faceted search engine that allows users to search and browse FAOLEX documents relevant for Paris 21.