Posted: Monday, September 26, 2016. 10:35 a.m. CST.
By BBN Staff: The Ministry of Human Development, Social Transformation and Poverty Alleviation (MHDSTPA) will be hosting a media breakfast on Tuesday, 27th of September, at 7:15 a.m. at Our Lady of Guadalupe Mercy Centre in Belize City to launch Belize Info, a national policy monitoring tool.
The ministry has invested in Information, Communication and techonology for social protection for years.
The Community Action for Public Safety project (CAPS) includes designing and implementing online case management tool, FAMCare. This tool is used for child protection, juvenile justice as well as Belize Active Labour Market Sysytem.
Through the CAPS program, and support from InfoSegura project, the ministey has developed BelizeInfo – a national policy monitoring tool.
It is designed to strengthen the monitoring and evaluation in the country at all levels – project, sector, thematic, national strategic plans (e.g. Growth and Sustainable Development Strategy), and against international commitments such as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The release explained that “BelizeInfo is a two-tier management information system that disseminates data in a structured manner, enabling users to easily analyse and visualise data, and export this in many formats. The two-tier approach allows Policy and Planning Units in Government to access data through a secure website (called Inter-Agency Public Safety Management Information System – IPSMIS) and allows the general public to access through a second website, called BelizeInfo.”
It has over 65, 000 data values across a range of sectors and themes, and is a publicly available resource, so that academia, NGOs, the media and the general public will all have access to the same data and plans.
The website can be used to inform, analyse and educate – and ultimately monitor Belize’s development against the country’s plans and targets.
A user workshop will be held right after the launch at 9:00 a.m., which is the second in a series of events, where invited guests from government, statutory bodies, non-government organisations, and academia have been invited to familiarize themselves with the tool and its use.
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