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23 July 2018 - 27 July 2018

Measuring informality, monitoring and evaluation of the transition to formality: The role of statistics

23 July 2018 - 27 July 2018

Measuring informality, monitoring and evaluation of the transition to formality: The role of statistics

Measuring informality, monitoring and evaluation of the transition to formality: The role of statistics
Deadline for application: 25 June 2018
English - French
A9011254
Turin Centre
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Course Information

23 July 2018 - 27 July 2018

English - French

Turin Centre

Code: A9011254

Deadline: 25 June 2018

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The objective is to offer diagnostic tools and methodologies to measure informality, monitor and evaluate policies and programmes on the transition from the informal economy to the formal economy.

Description

Description

The objective is to offer diagnostic tools and methodologies to measure informality, monitor and evaluate policies and programmes on the transition from the informal economy to the formal economy.

Target audience

Target audience

The course is aimed at ILO officials, labour statisticians, research institute and central bank staff as well as staff from ministries and social partners working on or concerned with collecting data, analysing and measuring results on the formalization of policies and strategies. Participants will attend an introductory course on Stata.

Rationale

Rationale

R.204 and the call for data collection and analysis both on informal employment as well as informal enterprises

Countries aiming to address informality in a coherent way should undertake a proper assessment and identify characteristics, causes and circumstances of informality in the national context.  This will inform the design and implementation of laws and regulations, policies, and other measures aiming to facilitate the transition to the formal economy; they should adopt, review and enforce national laws and regulations or other measures to ensure appropriate coverage and protection of all categories of workers and economic units.

 In consultation with employers and workers’ organizations, countries should, on a regular basis, collect, produce, and disseminate statistics on workers in the informal economy disaggregated by sex, age, type of workplace, and other specific socio-economic characteristics, as well as on the size and composition of the economic units in the Informal economy.

On that basis, countries should analyses, monitor and evaluate the progress towards formalization and review the effectiveness of policies and measures taken to facilitate this transition.

The course   focuses on data production and collection and on the use of statistics to monitor formalization processes and progress changes towards decent work for workers and economic units in the informal economy.

The course will present the concepts, definitions and methodology used to produce statistics and calculate indicators on workers and economic units in the informal economy, based on international definitions adopted by the International Conference of Labour Statisticians:

  1. Resolution concerning statistics of employment in the  informal sector (15th ICLS,1993),
  2. Guidelines concerning a statistical definition of informal  employment (17th ICLS,2003),
  3. Measuring informality: A statistical manual (ILO,2013)

 

Objectives

Objectives

By participating to the course, you will: 

1.    enhance your capacities to produce and collect data on informal employment, employment in the informal sector, categories of informal workers, as part of the diagnostic phase within the intervention model ;

2.    Be able to collect data on a number of economic units  and entrepreneurs in the informal economy and their characteristics, as an integral part of national labor statistics, according to R204 guidelines to promote decent work in the informal economy  at national and local levels

R204 concerning the transition from informal economy to formal economy emphasizes the need for data collection and monitoring on informal economy.

“36. Members should, in consultation with employers and workers’ organizations, on a regular basis:

(a) where possible and as appropriate, collect, analyse and disseminate statistics disaggregated by sex, age, workplace, and other specific socio-economic characteristics on the size and composition of the informal economy, including the number of informal economic units, the number of workers employed and their sectors; and

(b) monitor and evaluate the progress towards formalization.” 

Content

Content

There is an increasing demand for good-quality statistical data from policy makers and social partners, particularly from developing countries where the existing system does not allow for a regular production of timely, reliable, and relevant work and labor market statistics on informality.

The course focuses on data collection and production on informal employment, employment in the informal sector (international and operational definition, data collection tools and derived variables); and the analysis of data on informal economy as part of national diagnoses for policymaking purposes; including monitoring and evaluations good practices.

In particular, the course offers the following technical sessions:

  1. Clarify the statistical conceptual framework for a definition of informality, in line with the international statistical standards on the informal sector and informal employment
  2. Gove an overview of measurement objectives and methods for producing statistics on the informal economy;
  3. Present the different sources of data collection on informality; households surveys, establishment surveys as well as mixed surveys;
  4. Present hot to go from questions to derived variables and indicators related to workers in the informal economy ;
  5. Get acquainted to how to produce statistics from specific groups of informal workers
  6. Debate on  the importance of collecting data on a regular basis for efficient policy design on the transition to formal economy  and allow participants to reflect on actions to implement to achieve this objective in their countries
  7. Introduce impact assessment  approaches that can be applicable to formalization policies and interventions, while presentation existing experiences on impact assessment on the transition to formal economy.

Training methodology

Training methodology

The course is designed to ensure “learning –by-doing “process that encourages the sharing of knowledge, experiences and promising practices among participants.

It will combine lectures by experts and practitioners from the ILO (Department of Statistics www.ilo.org/stat) and ITCILO- EPAP programme and invited external lecturers.

Participants are encouraged to bring their country surveys and analysis of  informality 

Tuition cost: 1600

Subsistence cost: 615

Total cost: 2215

 

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