The Community Information System (CIS) was launched to respond to the ever-growing need for provision of accurate, regular and reliable data/information to facilitate evidence based planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of Government and other development partner programmes at all levels of administration.
The specific objectives are;
(i) to facilitate regular and sustainable monitoring of effectiveness of Government, Non Governmental Organisations (NGOs) and other poverty eradication initiatives among communities for timely appropriate policy formulation and decision making;
(ii) to enhance the use of reliable and accurate data among communities and households in the production processes for efficient utilization of resources;
(iii) to support participatory development planning at the various levels of local governments;
(iv) to facilitate identification of households by their socio-economic characteristics and specific needs.
The CIS is a multi-agency initiative with Uganda Bureau of Statistics (UBOS) as the overall coordinator and other agencies include; Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development (MFPED) , Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development (MOGLSD) the National Planning Authority (NPA), the Ministry of Local Government (MLOG), the Ministry of ICT, OPM and the Local Governments. These agencies work together as a team to achieve one goal. The CIS generates data at household, parish and sub-county levels using 4 registers.
These registers are:
(i) Community register,
(ii) Household register,
(iii) General Parish Information,
(iv) Micro Finance and Cooperatives.
The implementation of CIS began during the Financial Year (FY) 2006/2007 in seven districts namely; Kumi, Mayuge, Masaka, Nebbi, Kamwenge Masindi and Bukedea. In the Financial year 2007/2008, the programme expanded to 16 more districts bringing the total to 23 districts namely; Bukedea, Kamwenge, Kumi, Masaka, Masindi, Mayuge, Nebbi, Adjumani, Moroto, Iganga, Mbale, Kalangala, Kiboga, Nakaseke, Buliisa, Kiruhura, Bushenyi, Ntungamo, Kabale, Gulu, Busia, Wakiso and Rakai. During the FY 2008/2009, the programme further expanded to cover 28 districts including all the districts of the Lango Sub-region namely, Apac, Amolatar, Dokolo, Lira and Oyam, which were covered with support from UNICEF.
During the Financial year 2010/2011, ten (10) out of the 28 districts were subdivided into new districts creating a total of 16 new districts. Also in this FY, five (5) new districts namely; Kanungu, Arua, Abim, Kayunga and Manafwa were brought on board and baseline data collection was done in Abim. The baseline data for Kanungu and Kayunga districts was generated during the FY 2011/2012. – Roll out Strategies To date, the CIS programme has extended to 49 districts and it is expected to be rolled out to all the districts of the country.
During the implementation of the CIS, data was being collected using a household register. Over time, it has been appreciated that collection of data using this register from all the households in a given area resulted in various challenges. These included lengthy duration of administration, longer duration of data collection, high cost of implementation, and delayed processing of data. This has ultimately curtailed the production of cost effective and timely community level data. To this effect, a new approach to the implementation of the CIS was designed.
It is hinged on four (4) components; the community register, the community survey, birth and death registration, and the administrative information. The community register contains a few multi sectoral questions and will be used to collect data from all households in a district for the generation of selected indicators and a comprehensive sampling frame. It is to be updated twice a year using birth and death information. The sampling frame will then be used to draw a scientific sample for the implementation of the community survey. Administrative data will be collected using forms which have been designed to collect administrative data. This new approach is envisaged to facilitate generation of cost effective and timely data with representation at sub county level. The Community register will be updated after every six (6) months.
This new approach has been piloted in Ngora district and tremendous success has been registered. A sampling frame was generated and results disseminated to facilitate the planning process at sub county and district level. Also the community register has been successfully implemented in Kamwenge district. With the new approach reducing the cost of CIS implementation by about a half, the role out will be done in a phased manner as and when the funds will be available.
CIS Socio Economic Reports
CIS Summary Reports
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