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.