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FYR Macedonia kicks off data collection on social inclusion in health and education

Macedonia, the Former Yugoslav Republic of
Posted date: 
Thu, 09/30/2010
The Former Yugoslavian Republic of Macedonia (FYRM) has just released its third People-centered Analysis (PCA) Report, which continues to examine social inclusion trends. This third report has a special focus on the provision of healthcare and education services.  Largely based on the findings of a representative survey, the PCAs have brought citizens' opinions and concerns about key social, economic, governance and inter-ethnic developments to the forefront of national policy debates in the country.
Meanwhile, with the support of the Global Programme, a new methodology to assess social inclusion in the provision of health care and education services has been developed by the South East Europe University in Skopje.
This new methodology  aims to complement the survey-based PCAs by considering a wide range of data sources for each issue examined, including administrative sources (such as budget allocations, teachers test scores and census data), official statistics, data from on-site visits to schools and clinics, and insights from interviews with key stakeholders. The need for expanding the range of information sources came from a realization that complex issues such as governance should be examined from more than one angle. The triangulation of findings from objective and subjective sources can indeed help increase the legitimacy and credibility of politically sensitive assessments such as the PCAs in the FYRM.
The purpose of this new assessment tool is to help diagnose a range of governance problems that are specific to the health and education sectors in the FYRM, including patterns of abuse of power such as discriminatory policies, political clientelism, or state capture by economic elites.
Data collection by two independent research institutions is ongoing, and the findings are expected in November.
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