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The Statistics for Development Division conducted a User Focus Survey in 2017 (here is a summary, and an article with background information). As a result of this survey, and working closely with Statistics New Zealand and a consulting company called Maven in Wellington, we reviewed the SDD, PRISM and other associated websites in order to better meet the needs of users. All users will be glad to know that we are in the process of developing a new site which we hope to have available for testing by the end of 2018. You can follow the progress of the development via this page.

One of the key differences users will notice is that we are moving away from a website which is structured as Demographers and Statisticians “think” to instead be structured as users think. That means it will revolve around themes and key words such as population, energy, trade, births and deaths rather than census, HIES, CRVS which don’t necessarily mean anything to users. We will also structure data by Country, so for example the Kiribati page will have the most recent reports for Census, HIES, DHS, a link to the Kiribati PopGIS, the Kiribati NSO website and anything else related to Kiribati. There will also be a powerful search engine which will easily enable users to search through all articles and databases.

Another key feature is that the new website will be dynamic – all documents will be stored in a document library, all statistical data in a database and all other datasets in the Pacific Data Hub. There will only ever be one copy of a document or dataset, and all changes only take place once, rather than in multiple locations. The site should be much cleaner, and easier to update than the current site.

The redevelopment process has been very rigorous with several in-house workshops and numerous brainstorming and “mock-up” sessions. Below is an example of a proposed “Population Stats” page being mocked-up:

User journeys have also been explored and mapped to a range of proposed new structures. Below is an example where a data scientist, who is  new to the SDD website goes looking for as much information as she can find about health in Tonga. She goes to the Tonga page and sees the HIES report. She downloads this, skims the report and decides to keep looking. She sees the key statistics area and notices life expectancy. While this isn’t what she was looking for there’s a link beside the table to the full database in .Stat. She then goes to .Stat and downloads the full data set. She remembers the name of the tool and bookmarks it in her browser so she can get directly there next time.

We hope to provide regular updates of progress on this page. All comments are welcome.