World Bank: Inviting Applications to develop effective and efficient national statistical systems and to promote a culture of evidence-based decision making.

Donor Name: World Bank
Funding name: Trust Fund for Statistical Capacity Building (TFSCB)

Funding brief: The Trust Fund for Statistical Capacity Building (TFSCB) provides a practical mechanism to develop effective and efficient national statistical systems and to promote a culture of evidence-based decision making.

Key Features of TFSCB:
● 
Aims to achieve the PARIS21 vision and is a key component in supporting the implementation of the Busan Action Plan for Statistics.
● Fosters evidence-based policy making and effective monitoring.
● Promotes a strategic approach to the development of statistical capacity, supporting the preparation and implementation of nationally prepared and owned strategic statistical development plans.
● Provides an intervention mechanism to help initiate changes in policy and decision-making through improved availability and use of information and statistical data.
● Most projects operate at the national or sub-national level, but the trust fund can also support regional and global projects where there is a case made for intervention at this level.
● Improves the use of resources for development through better-informed decision making, resulting from improved statistical systems and hence better data quality and analysis.
● Promotes partnerships and improves coordination among local and international agencies and civil society organizations.

Uses of the fund:
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The TFSCB finances four kinds of projects as outlined above, which are results oriented and promote partnerships and knowledge sharing:
● National Strategy for the Development of Statistics;
● Statistical Capacity Building;
● Data Production (Pilot); and
● Innovations in Development Data (Pilot).
● TFSCB grants may be used to finance country-based activities, or regional/global programs.
● Regional and global projects will only be financed where there is a clear case of intervention at this level and where a single implementing agency is identified.
● It is also important to note that TFSCB has been set up to build and improve statistical capacity. Applications must indicate where capacity weaknesses in the statistical system presently exist and how the proposal will address them.

Types of projects: The TFSCB finances four types of projects, with an emphasis on World Bank low income member countries (2016 Atlas GNI per capita of US$1,025 or less.) In light of the above discussion of statistical capacity building, the following is an illustrative list of activities, which might be proposed for financing under TFSCB.

(A). National Strategy for the Development of Statistics (NSDS): Supporting the preparation of an NSDS is a key activity under the TFSCB. More detailed information on good practices in the preparation and implementation of an NSDS can be found on the PARIS21 website. In summary, the process is expected to involve the following steps:
● A detailed assessment of the current statistical system (for example, using a framework such as the GDDS, DQAF, US Census Bureau Tool for Assessing Statistical Capacity, or the UNECE Assessment Questionnaire) identifying strengths and weaknesses and looking at all aspects of activities from the quality of the output to other aspects such as finance and management;
● An identification of all of the main stakeholders in the statistical system and the establishment of processes and procedures for regular consultation;
● The development of a medium-term strategic vision, setting out where the statistical system expects to be within the next five to ten years;
● The identification of the main priority actions that will be needed to address the weaknesses and achieve the vision (areas could include the regulatory and managerial framework, statistical infrastructure, statistical operations and procedures, human resources, and physical infrastructure);
● Putting together a detailed implementation or action plan; and
● Establishing an implementation mechanism, including a financing plan, mechanisms for monitoring and reporting on progress at regular intervals, and a process for review and evaluation.

(B). Statistical capacity building projects: Statistical capacity building projects can support activities to strengthen statistical systems at sub-national, national, regional, and global levels; including but not limited to improvements in the following areas:
● Management, institutional framework and coordination;
● Data user-producer dialogue;
● Human resource capacity, including training;
● Statistical methodologies;
● Data processing and quality;
● Dissemination of comprehensive, timely, accessible, and reliable economic, financial, and socio-demographic statistics;
● Openness and accessibility of data that could be achieved through improving data integrity, accessibility to data by the public, and accessibility formats;
● National capacity for poverty analysis;
● Special areas of economic and socio-demographic statistics, such as environmental accounting and gender statistics;
● Data foundation for measuring sustainable development; and
● Development of innovative approaches in data collection, processing and dissemination

(C). Data production in key areas (pilot): Data Production projects financed by TFSCB aim to support projects related to data production in key areas that will help monitor the progress towards achieving SDGs and national development targets. This window is currently in a pilot phase, and proposals are accepted by invitation only. The following activities will be supported:
● Revisions and/or updates to existing household surveys;
● Design and implementation of new household surveys and/or modules;
● Improvement to National Accounts, including provision of source data;
● Improvement to National Accounts related to surveys; and
● Design and implementation of new surveys needed for the production of National Accounts or SDGs.

(D). Innovations in development data (pilot): Innovations in Development Data (IDD) projects financed by TFSCB aim to support projects related to data production, dissemination and use in key areas that will help monitor the progress towards or help achieve specific SDGs. This is a new window, and is currently in pilot phase with proposals being accepted by invitation only IDD projects are expected to target improvements where needs are continuous or recurrent, and where innovations can be readily adapted to other regions and sectors. This pilot brings a particular focus to supporting collaborations of data users and producers to implement collective action solutions to improve the availability and quality of data for development. Learnings from successes and failures are expected to be captured in knowledge sharing components of IDD projects. Activities that will be supported include:
● Integration of new sources of data (e.g. mobile, remote sensing, financial transactions, crowd sourced) into NSO or similar activities;
● Use of development data to improve decision making (e.g. more timely decisions, decisions that can be modeled/simulated) relevant to SDGs;
● Use of development data to enhance public understanding of SDGs, and to engage citizens in SDG-targeting activities (e.g. open data use for community action);
● Application of new data science techniques (such as AI or machine learning) to improve the collection, analysis, and use of development data;
● Innovation in applied data policy that can be scaled to different contexts; and
● Innovation in data capacity building that can be scaled and replicated in different environments.

Deadline: March 28, 2017

Special Note: Please note – NSDS proposals are accepted on a rolling basis and therefore can apply outside the Window/Call for Proposals schedule. The Statistical Capacity Building projects are generally accepted twice per year (Spring and Fall). Additionally, Data Production and Innovations in Development Data proposals are only accepted on an invitation basis during the current pilot phase.

Funding details link: http://www.worldbank.org/en/data/statistical-capacity-building/trust-fund-for-statistical-capacity-building#2

Funding limit:
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National Strategy for the Development of Statistics (NSDS): For NSDS proposals the upper limit of the project budget is determined case-by-case, based on the size and the needs of the recipient country.
● Statistical capacity building projects: The maximum allowable budget request for a Statistical Capacity Building project is $500,000.
● Data production in key areas (pilot) The budget for such projects could be up to $1-2 million.
● Innovations in development data (pilot): Innovations in Development Data (IDD) projects financed by TFSCB

Project start date: Not Found

Project duration:
● 
National Strategy for the Development of Statistics (NSDS): Past experience suggests that most projects require less time than other types of TFSCB projects and are normally completed within one year (however the maximum period is two years).
● Statistical capacity building projects: The maximum duration is two years, with a possibility of one year extension.
● Data production in key areas (pilot): the duration will be no more than two years.
● Innovations in development data (pilot): Innovations in Development Data (IDD) projects financed by TFSCB

Eligible organization: As below

Eligibility:
● Project proposals funded by TFSCB may originate from a number of different sources, including statistical agencies of member countries and international and regional development organizations. It is highly recommended that all agencies interested in preparing an application should make early contact with the TFSCB Administration Unit or the local World Bank office. For each project, a World Bank Task Team Leader (TTL) must be identified, who will liaise with the implementing agency, and take responsibility for supervision of the project to ensure compliance with the fiduciary requirements of the World Bank. Once the Recipient and the World Bank have agreed to apply for a TFSCB grant, the task teams must complete the steps described below.

● Please note – NSDS proposals are accepted on a rolling basis and therefore can apply outside the Window/Call for Proposals schedule. The Statistical Capacity Building projects are generally accepted twice per year (Spring and Fall). Additionally, Data Production and Innovations in Development Data proposals are only accepted on an invitation basis during the current pilot phase.

Submission mail: N/A

Other important link:
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Guideline: http://pubdocs.worldbank.org/en/962701490387985449/pdf/TFSCB-Guidelines-and-Procedures-Spring-2017-Final.pdf
● PARIS21 NSDS Guidelines, “NSDS 2.0”: http://nsdsguidelines.paris21.org/
● Trust Fund Handbook: http://intresources.worldbank.org/INTOPETRUFUN/Resources/1051750-1373571311907/Trust_Fund_Handbook.pdf
● TFSCB website: http://www.worldbank.org/en/data/statistical-capacity-building/trust-fund-for-statistical-capacity-building
● Supporting Documentation: http://siteresources.worldbank.org/SCBEXTERNAL/Resources/TFSCB-Required-Documents.zip

How to apply:
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The TTL needs to be both Trust Fund (TFLAP) accredited and accredited as a TTL.
● Prior to preparing a proposal, the team should consult the CMU/GP and the Regional Trust Fund Coordinator, as well as seek endorsement from the Country Director or Practice Director and/or Practice Manager. The team must also indicate adequate Bank budget commitment to supervise execution of the grant activities.
● The Recipient (agency), in consultation with the TTL, will send a formal letter of request to the Bank addressed to the appropriate Country Director or GP Director (Manager), to apply for TFSCB Grant funds for a particular project that falls within the parameters of the TFSCB guidelines.
● The designated TTL in consultation with the Recipient completes a Project Initiation Note with the corresponding annexes (budget and TFSCB specific questions in the TFSCB format) It is recommended that the TTL send the draft application package to the TFSCB Administration Unit for comment before formally submitting their proposal.
● For a country-specific proposal, the TTL seeks endorsement from the Country Director or GP Director (Manager). For a regional/global proposal, the TTL seeks endorsement from the relevant GP Director (Manager) and where necessary from the concerned Country Directors, which should be included as part of the application package (email endorsement is acceptable). They should also assure the allocation of the required Bank resources for supervision and management of the project (this cannot come from the trust fund). The application package includes:
● Initiation Note;
● TFSCB specific questions;
● Budget table;
● Country Director and/or GP Director (Manager) endorsement; and
● Recipient formal request letter.

 

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