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Demography, Demographers and the Data Revolution


In the aftermath of the Expert Meeting on Demography and the Post-2015 Data Revolution organized in Paris in October 2014, the IUSSP has engaged in several new initiatives and activities to further population scientists’ involvement in this movement. 


A statement was prepared for the UN Secretary General's Independent Expert Advisory Group on a Data Revolution for Sustainable Development posted on the IUSSP website:  Defining and successfully accomplishing the Data Revolution: The perspective of Demographers.  A revised version of this statement has been published in the March 2015 issue of the Population and Development Review  (Vol. 41, Issue 1, pp 172–177)

 The IUSSP, with funding from UNFPA, commissioned Stephane Helleringer (Johns Hopkins University) to review the relevant population-related indicators proposed by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (UN-SDSN) for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), identifying measurement challenges and proposing potential solutions. The final version of the report will be posted on the IUSSP website in the coming weeks. 

 The Council also approved two new Scientific Panels on topics related to the Data Revolution: Big Data and Population Processes, co-chaired by Francesco Billari (University of Oxford) and Emilio Zagheni (University of Washington) and Innovations for Strengthening Vital Registration Systems, chaired by Patrick Gerland (United Nations Population Division). 

⇒ IUSSP representatives will attend the Cartagena Data Festival: Better data for a better tomorrow20-22 April in Cartagena, Colombia. The meeting is an opportunity for demographers to engage with data scientists from other fields and disciplines. The IUSSP will hold a side meeting on the measurement challenges posed with regards to population-related indicators for the Sustainable Development Goals to identify gaps and consider innovative solutions.  IUSSP members have also been invited to participate in sessions focusing on Big Data, issues of data interoperability, and innovations for Vital Registration Systems. 

⇒ Members attending the PAA Annual meeting in San Diego who would like to learn more about the Data Revolution are invited to attend session 170 on “Demography, Demographers and the Data Revolution”, which will take place on 1 May at 2:30 pm (Aqua Salon AB, Level 3). 


PAA 2015 - Session 170: Demography, Demographers and the Data Revolution

Chair: Sunita Kishor (DHS Program, ICF International) 

What Is the "Data Revolution" and Why Should Demographers Get Involved?

   Tom A. Moultrie (University of Cape Town)

Data Revolution: Is Latin America Prepared and Ready to Engage? 

   Suzana M. Cavenaghi (Instituto Brasileiro de Geografia e Estatística - IBGE)

Mobilizing a Data Revolution for Sustainable Development 

   Sabrina Juran (UNFPA)

Whither Indirect Demographic Estimation Methods: Africa’s Data Revolution Coming of Age 

   Pali Lehohla (Statistics South Africa)


The Demography and the Post-2015 Data Revolution activities have been  organised in collaboration with the Population Association of America (PAA), with the assistance of the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) and with the support of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.