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Statistical Capacity Indicator has three dimensions:
a). Statistical Methodology b). Source data and c). Periodicity and timeliness.
For each dimension, a country is scored against specific criteria, using information available from the World Bank, IMF, UN, UNESCO, and WHO. A composite score for each dimension is calculated by adding criteria scores, ranges from 0 to 1, and multiplying by 10. And an overall score combining all three dimensions are derived for each country on a scale of 0-100 by taking average of these three dimensions. A score of 100 indicates that the country meets all the criteria.
The first dimension, statistical methodology, Countries are evaluated against a set of criteria such as use of an updated national accounts base year, use of the latest BOP manual, external debt reporting status, subscription to IMF’s Special Data Dissemination Standard, and enrolment data reporting to UNESCO.
The second dimension, source data, reflects whether a country conducts data collection activities in line with internationally recommended periodicity, and whether data from administrative systems are available and reliable for statistical estimation purposes. Specifically, the criteria used are the periodicity of population and agricultural censuses, the periodicity of poverty and health related surveys, and completeness of vital registration system coverage.
The third dimension, periodicity and timeliness, looks at the availability and periodicity of key socioeconomic indicators, of which nine are MDG indicators. This dimension attempts to measure the extent to which data are made accessible to users through transformation of source data into timely statistical outputs. Criteria used include indicators on income poverty, child and maternal health, HIV/AIDS, primary completion, gender equality, access to water and GDP growth.