Zambia Central Statistical Office Produces Quality Publications
A recent copy of The Statistician, the annual newsletter for the Zambia Central Statistical Office (CSO), featured key findings from Zambia’s 2010 Census with pages of colorful tables and figures in an attractive tabloid format. “Through this publication, our data users will gain access to a variety of statistical data on socioeconomic indicators,” says John Kalumbi, director of census and statistics, in a foreword to the 12-page newspaper.
CSO also published a full report on the 2010 Census in June 2012. Both documents are examples of the agency’s new capabilities in publishing, the result of publications training and other assistance from MEASURE Evaluation.
Since 2005, MEASURE Evaluation has trained CSO staff on how to use advanced software to produce publications. Conducted both in the United States and Zambia, the most recent training was a five-day workshop in February 2012 focusing on using Adobe Creative Suite 5, a publishing software package that includes Adobe InDesign and Illustrator for layout, design, and drawing. The MEASURE Evaluation Knowledge Management team led the workshops.
Anthony Nkole, CSO senior desktop publishing officer, attended the training and designed The Statistician together with CSO’s subject matter specialist. “If you look at the publications we did pre-training, it’s a very, very big contrast,” he said. “It’s a very, very big improvement.”
Labor force surveys and gender reports are examples of other publications CSO has recently produced. Some documents are available electronically on the agency’s Web site, and printed documents and CDs with materials are available in country. CSO documents are available on the Zambia Central Statistical Office Web site.