To improve data quality, the UIS organizes training workshops for national statisticians in each region about every two years in the fields of education and science and technology. The Institute also offers training workshops on culture and communication statistics according to the needs of statisticians across different regions.
Training workshops generally focus on:
- UIS data collection instruments;
- cross-national comparability of data;
- data analysis and use for policymaking;
- indicator development; and
- emerging statistical issues.
The workshops enable national statisticians to take an active role in improving the UIS database. By explaining how statistics are collected and used in their countries, statisticians help to develop UIS methodologies and survey design. In short, they are critical partners in delivering the data needed to make a difference.
In addition, the UIS organizes expert group meetings and regional consultations to develop new indicator frameworks and review existing classifications. For example, the 2009 Framework on Cultural Statistics was based on global and regional consultations conducted by the UIS. It is now the subject of training workshops offered in diverse regions.