Seated from left to right, Mr. Cecilio Adorna, Unicef Representative , Mr. P.S. Rana , Mr. Oscar Fernandes , Smt. Fernandes , Dr. B.L.S. Prakasa Rao and Prof. Probal Chaudhuri
New Delhi, 27 June 2005: Mr. Oscar Fernandes, the Minister of State for Statistics and Programme Implementation (MOSPI), Government of India, released the DevInfo India CD at a function held in New Delhi on 27 June 2005. The function was attended by the senior officials of MOSPI, other government departments and ministries and the UN organizations.
DevInfo is an easy to use software that provides data in the form of graphs, maps and tables on key development outcomes in India.The CD also provides a wealth of information that will be useful for development agencies as a statistical aide in project planning, implementation and evaluation. The software can provide indicators (such as sanitation, birth registration, breast feeding, immunization, child survival) at a national, state, district and even block level. The software can also provide data in years, months and even days, by units and also subpopulations.
The UNICEF representative, Mr. Cecilio Adorna, commenting on DevInfo, said, “This user-friendly product can be used for the organization and storage of programmatic and administrative data, to help ensure transparency and accountability, and enhance policy formulation.” He also added that “The database will also help in (i) filling the gaps in available data (ii) improving the consistency of data from different sources. Broadening the data base would entail providing disaggregated data both geographically and administratively and highlighting the inequalities in order to address them more systematically.”
DevInfo database can provide a wealth of information that will be useful for development agencies as a statistical aide in project planning, implementation and evaluation
DevInfo will also contribute to more evidence-based policy-making, using quality data, for achieving development goals. It is designed to make it easy for advocacy with key decision-makers”
The UN Resident Coordinator Dr. Maxine Olson said, “A user of this software can view this as very user-friendly, gives the opportunity to easily find any data/trends, and has a variety of options to analyze the present data. It can also be seen as a professional tool for enhancing users’/researchers’ knowledge in different methodologies of data collection, in determination of indicators and methods of their calculations and in ensuring the possibilities for alternative choices of information sources.”
DevInfo India has been developed as a tool to monitor national social development goals by the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation in collaboration with the UN System in India through a consultative process with a number of departments and ministries.