Part­ner with us, Ja­maica

Jamaica Gleaner - - CELEBRATING 70 YEARS OF PROVIDING STATISTICS -

For over seven decades, STATIN has been col­lect­ing, analysing and pub­lish­ing data on the so­cial, eco­nomic, de­mo­graphic, en­vi­ron­men­tal, in­dus­trial and gen­eral ac­tiv­i­ties of Ja­maica. This has been pos­si­ble be­cause of the sup­port re­ceived from Jamaicans, and we would like to ex­press our grat­i­tude to all such re­spon­dents. Your co­op­er­a­tion has helped us to achieve our goal of pro­vid­ing rel­e­vant, re­li­able and ac­cu­rate sta­tis­tics. We so­licit your sup­port in con­tin­u­ing to pro­vide sta­tis­tics for the na­tion.

In re­cent times, the de­mand for timely sta­tis­tics from busi­nesses, re­searchers and gov­ern­ment agen­cies and the pub­lic has in­creased and is ex­pected to con­tinue to in­crease in the com­ing years. We at STATIN want to ful­fil those needs but we are faced with some chal­lenges. In or­der to as­sist us in pro­vid­ing more sta­tis­tics that are ac­cu­rate, re­li­able and rel­e­vant, we ap­peal to res­i­dents and busi­nesses to co­op­er­ate with in­ter­view­ers/data col­lec­tors by: Al­low­ing In­ter­view­ers/Data Col­lec­tors ac­cess to your premises, gated com­mu­ni­ties and apart­ments

your­self avail­able when they visit your homes or place of busi­ness or sched­ule a time that is con­ve­nient to you to com­plete the in­ter­view

sur­vey ques­tion­naires that have been left at your busi­ness places by STATIN’s in­ter­view­ers and con­tact us or the in­ter­viewer who left the ques­tion­naire so that it may be col­lected. We need your sup­port and so we ap­peal to you to part­ner with us.

IWHY PART­NER WITH US?

IAc­cu­rate data di­rectly im­pacts how much fund­ing is al­lo­cated to our com­mu­ni­ties, pub­lic works projects, schools, health ser­vices and more. Gov­ern­ment needs in­for­ma­tion in or­der to as­sess the suc­cess of its eco­nomic and so­cial poli­cies and to make changes where nec­es­sary.

IIn­for­ma­tion on which sec­tors can drive the growth of a coun­try or which sec­tors might need sup­port is critical for eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment. Pro­vid­ing ac­cu­rate data is also an es­sen­tial tool for busi­ness own­ers who use the de­mo­graphic and eco­nomic data gath­ered to make strate­gic and fis­cally sound de­ci­sions that can spur and sus­tain eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment and growth, such as se­lect­ing the lo­ca­tion of re­tail stores or fa­cil­i­ties, mak­ing in­formed mar­ket­ing de­ci­sions, and un­der­stand­ing cus­tomer de­mo­graph­ics.

Per­sonal in­for­ma­tion pro­vided will be kept in strict con­fi­dence. All mem­bers of staff at the In­sti­tute have signed con­fi­den­tial­ity agree­ments for which breaches are pun­ish­able by law. In the 70 years of pro­vid­ing sta­tis­tics to the na­tion, STATIN has never had a breach in its data col­lec­tion pol­icy, and we are com­mit­ted to main­tain­ing this ex­em­plary stan­dard.

In­ter­view­ers/data col­lec­tors are trained, knowl­edge­able mem­bers of staff who can be trusted with the in­for­ma­tion. They are eas­ily iden­ti­fied by their STATIN, branded iden­ti­fi­ca­tion cards which can be eas­ily au­then­ti­cated by call­ing 630-1607.

IIWe urge you to part­ner with us as we con­tinue to ful­fil our man­date of col­lect­ing, analysing and pub­lish­ing ac­cu­rate, re­li­able and rel­e­vant in­for­ma­tion on Ja­maica. This will as­sist Ja­maica and Jamaicans in mak­ing in­formed de­ci­sions about their lives, busi­nesses and help­ing to guide pol­i­cy­mak­ing.

There are var­i­ous means to part­ner with us. These in­clude: Re­spond­ing to our ques­tion­naires Us­ing the pub­lished data Vis­it­ing our web­site at w w w . s t a t i n j a . g o v . j m and Face­book page at www.face­book.com/STATINJA/ Email­ing us at info@statinja.gov.jm Call­ing us at 876- 630-1600 Give us feed­back on how we can bet­ter serve Ja­maica.

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