Training on advance data analysis and presentation of results
16 November 2021
The Data Analysis Unit of NIPN– Center for Development Policy research (CDR), Ministry of Planning and Investment organized a four day training on data analysis, interpretation and reporting from 16-19 November 2021 in Vientiane Capital, Lao PDR. Madam Sisavanh Didaravong, Deputy Director of CDR and Prosper Dakurah-UNICEF jointly opened the training session.
A total of 28 government staff from multiple sectors including the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Education and Sports, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, and Lao Statistics Bureau participated in the training was executed on a hybrid mode –face to face and virtual attendance.
The participants were divided in four groups and presented with actual datasets of the Lao Social Indicator Survey II 2017 (LSIS 2) to conduct causality analysis on anemia, low birth weight, exclusive breastfeeding and childhood overweight in the country using STATA software. The participants explored advanced data analysis using regression models where they successfully identified the main protective and risk factors for each condition. The analysis took into consideration potential confounding factors as well.
The results of the analysis were presented in plenary to trainees and UNICEF staff on the last day using power point. Detailed reports with policy recommendations were also prepared as part of the training. These will be developed further in the future.
success of this training is attributable to the commitment of the government staff who followed 3 previous sessions on advanced data analysis. This deepened their understanding and ensured continuity in learning of the concepts of advanced data analysis.
NIPN Dissemination for researchers and academia
2nd September 2021
H.E. Mme. Sisomboun Ounavong, Director General of the Department of International Cooperation of the Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI) and Convener of the NIPN Secretariate, Mr. Vincent Vire, the Head of Cooperation of the European Union Delegation to the Lao PDR and Dr. Pia Rebello Britto, Representative of UNICEF to Lao PDR, today co-chaired the National Information Platforms for Nutrition (NIPN) dissemination meeting aimed at sharing the latest nutrition data to support research and academic work around nutrition in the country, as well as to introduce the NIPN dashboard and data repository to government stakeholders.
The blended meeting was attended in person by heads of faculty and academic staff from the National University of Lao PDR and the University of Health Sciences of Lao PDR, as well as researchers from the Lao Tropical Health Institute, while students from various institutions also joined the meeting virtually.
The 2nd NIPN Annual Dissemination Meeting
Vientiane, February 2021
The maiden Annual NIPN Dissemination meeting was successfully organized on February 10th, 2021 in Vientiane. The meeting brought together about 300 participants from the national and sub-national levels including development partners. The event showcased the remarkable achievements of NIPN since its inception. H.E. Dr. Kikeo Chantaboury, Vice Minister of MPI and Chair of NIPN Advisory Committee; H.E. Ms. Ina Marčiulionytė, EU Ambassador to Lao PDR and Dr. Pia Rebello Britto, Representative, UNICEF Lao PDR co-chaired the event. One of the key highlights of the event was the official launches of the NIPN dashboard and data repository.