Information Research and Dissemination (IR&D)

The Information, Research, and Dissemination (IRD) Division are responsible for ensuring that statistical information and data are disseminated and easily accessible by the users.

The Division consists of the Research and Dissemination branch, Gender Statistics Unit, Library Section, Printing Unit, Desktop Office, and the Coordination unit.

In an effort to promote increased utilization of statistical information for effective decision making, Zamstats through the research and dissemination branch provides an interface with various statistical users.

The Dissemination branch produces periodic publications such as “The Monthly Bulletin”, Selected Socioeconomic Indicators, and Zambia in figures. The branch also provides consultancy services to researchers and individuals. Further, the branch offers Adhoc surveys (both quantitative and qualitative), upon request, in collaboration with the requesting institution.

The Gender unit produces the Gender Status report and the Men and Women booklet. Additionally, the unit also undertakes research and offers consultancy activities in the management and analysis of gender-disaggregated data.

While the Library Section has a collection of new and old statistical publications both from ZamStats and other producers of statistics. The library promotes statistical literacy in users of statistics. It also disseminates statistical information to the general public and encourages them to make decisions on an informed mind.

The Coordination unit facilitates the development and coordination of the National Statistical System (NSS) in the collection, production, analysis, and dissemination of statistics, among other functions.

The Desktop Office is in charge of formatting all statistical reports in readiness for printing; while the Printing Unit is in charge of printing all statistical materials produced by various branches and units under ZamStats.

The IRD Division through the Research and Dissemination Branch; and the Library Section, members of the public gain access to a variety of statistical publications and other statistical products. Information on statistics is used for various purposes including policy formulation, planning, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of programs and projects.