Perspective in Reducing the Data Collection Predicament during COVID-19
Malaysia is in the second year to break the COVID-19 chain. All citizens accept the new SOPs and new norms as part of their daily lives. Likewise, the Department of Statistics Malaysia (DOSM) must continue to play the role as the premier agency in the field of statistics to produce statistics for users in this challenging situation.
Quality data is fundamental in producing accurate analysis and helps to make the best decisions. Thus, the data collection methods appropriate to the current situation guarantee a high response rate as well as receiving complete information. The movement control order in force to break the chain of COVID-19 epidemics in the world, including Malaysia is a challenge in collecting data from the field. This may create unprecedented challenges in ensuring the availability, accessibility and reliability of data.
The insights of data users such as researchers, industry experts and policy makers are needed to find a solution to resolve this issue. The more sophisticated options for mitigating these challenges have begun to be explored. What other alternative data which can be leveraged on, in addition to the official statistics? Are there better ways to collect data in this digital age? How to maintain the availability and provide timely data during Covid-19 era?
The experts with different background and experience in statistics applications will share their knowledge on this issue during this session. Since we are adapting the way we live and work in the new norms, this is the right time to discuss new norms for data collection in statistics.
Tan Sri Dato' Sri Dr Ismail bin Haji Bakar
The Former Chief Secretary to the Government of Malaysia
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