A major objective of Program Thrust 3 of the RDC-CAR Agenda on Regional Development and Autonomy is to “broaden, deepen and strengthen the baseline situational analysis by benchmarking the region’s capacity in the 8-plus areas of regional governance.”  In December 2008, a Task Force under the Regional Statistical Coordination Committee (RSCC) was created for the purpose of preparing a Benchmarking Report as an immediate output of the SAF-funded RISDA (Regional Indicator System for Development and Autonomy) Project.

In the absence of clear-cut definitions for the 8-plus areas of regional autonomous governance due to the absence of an approved Organic Act for the region, the Task Foce will attempt to draft appropriate definitions using the following as bases: (1)  the CAR Regional Development Plan aligning the 10 Key Focus Areas (KFAs) along the 8-plus areas of regional autonomous governance; (2) Republic Act 8438 or the second proposed Organic Act; and (3) related literature (both local and international) on each area of governance.

 

The proposed process in conceptually defining the 8-plus areas of regional autonomous governance will involve the following: (1) defining a Goal for each area of governance that will reflect/describe the desired future state of the Governance Area; (2) defining Key Result Areas (KRAs) that will reflect major areas of  concern/activities and that will contribute to the attainment of the Governance Area Goal.  Each KRA will be described along its relevance/contribution to regional development and autonomy; and (3) identifying the indicators for each KRA classified as either output, effect or impact. 

 

There is also a proposed Statistical Framework that will be used in the interim to inventory existing as well as proposed indicators for the 8-plus areas of regional autonomous governance.  It will also be used to generate the long-term output of the RISDA Project which is an operational database system and will guide the design of the database system.

 

“I collected my figures with a purpose in mind, with the idea that they could be used to argue for change.  Of what use are statistics if we do not know what to make of them?  What we wanted at that time was not so much an accumulation of facts, as to teach the men who are to govern the country the use of statistical facts.” (Florence Nightingale)

(Quoted in Christopher Scott, “Measuring Up to the Measurement Problem: The Role of Statistics in Evidence-based Policy-Making”)

 

 

The proposed conceptual and statistical frameworks will be accomplished through the conduct of workshops by the Task Force with the Technical Working Group members of the 10 KFAs.  Workshop outputs will then be presented to the RDC for approval before the Task Force proceeds with the writing of the Report.

 

The short-term objective of the RISDA Project  is to help the RDC identify policy or intervention variables necessary to monitor progress of implementation of the Agenda on Regional Development and Autonomy through a more organized and relevant indicator system. 

 

The long-term objective of the RISDA Project is to develop and institutionalize a regional statistical system responsive to the unique planning environment of the Cordillera Region.  It is hoped that with this project, issues on the identification and generation of appropriate planning standards and indicators for the region will gradually be resolved. *Marie Olga S. Difuntorum, NEDA-CAR