IDSC

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Information and Decision Support Center (IDSC)
Idsc logo.jpg
LocationEgypt.svg
Formation 1985
Type Government
Legal status
Cabinet Think Tank
Purpose Information, Decision Support
Headquarters Cairo, Egypt
Official language
Arabic, English
Chairman
Eng. Hany Mahmoud
Parent organization
Egyptian cabinet
Staff 600
Website http://www.idsc.gov.eg

The Information and Decision Support Center (IDSC) Acting as the Egyptian Cabinet Think Tank. Its mission is to impartially support the government decisions through advice on best policy scenario mix and analytical research to improve the socio-economic well-being of the Egyptian society.

Objectives[edit]

Strategically identifying opportunities and challenges confronting the Egyptian Government in implementing its plans & agenda.

Developing Regional and International networks/partnerships, to exchange know – how and research, which will result into the integration of international best practices in the government planning process and operations.

Supporting of Policy makers through carrying out state-of-the-art policy research leading to solutions to the reform and developmental challenges facing Egypt.

Disseminating our findings and views through a regular flow of publications and public events.

Work Strategies[edit]

External Strategies[edit]

Enhancing relations with the different state organizations and institutions for capacity building purposes in the area of decision support and future studies.

Supporting relations with research centers and think tanks.

Developing relations with the ministries and different governmental authorities aiming to adopt a team work approach instead of competitiveness.

Ensuring transparency in regard to information and data providing with emphasis on electronic provision.

Opening communication channels aiming to measure the public attitude towards the national issues

Internal Strategies[edit]

Disseminate quality standards during production stages to achieve highest levels of output quality.

Developing internal assessment systems in order to give more attention to work quality rather than deadlines.

Sustainable human resources development with the purpose of enhancing staff members’ skills and building new cadres to cover IDSC’s different fields of operation and crucial issues.

Creating an internal continuous learning environment.

Increasing the rate of employees’ job satisfaction and providing a stable work environment.

Supporting relations with experts and specialists stressing the need to work on scientific basis.

Building detailed databases pertaining to high priority economic issues. Priorities are determined according to results of surveys.

Strengthening the field monitoring network in order to enhance the effectiveness of the monitoring process of events and variables that have an impact on development.

Achieving the highest level of flexibility and dynamism in fulfilling the assigned duties.

Main Work Axes[edit]

  • Decision support in economic, social and politicaldevelopmental issues.
  • Information analysis and provision.
  • Human resources development.
  • Development of internal work environment.
  • Develop societal relations and partnership on the local, regional and international levels.

IDSC National Projects[edit]

Decision Support in Strategic Issues

  • Social Contract Center
  • Monitoring and Evaluation Project of Egypt's Population Program 2007- 2012
  • Post-enumeration Survey of the 2006 Population, Buildings and Establishments Census
  • Center for Strategic Documentation (CSD)
  • The Egyptian Observatory for Education, Training and Employment
  • Center for Future Studies
  • EgyInfo Database
  • The Arab Reform Observatory
  • Public Opinion Poll Center (POPC)
  • Employment and Labor
  • Monitoring the Performance of the Egyptian Economy and Early Warning
  • Foreign Trade
  • Natural Resources Management
  • Foreign Debts
  • State Public Budget
  • Egyptian Industry
  • Constructional Planning

Technological Infrastructure

  • Information Map
  • Using State-of-the-art-technology for Serving Children with Special Needs
  • Citizen’ National ID Project
  • Introducing the Internet in Egypt
  • Industrial Map Project
  • Studies’ National Database
  • Culture and Heritage Projects
  • Smart Card Community
  • Clubs of the 21st Child
  • Internet Caravans
  • Ministries’ Information Development Project
  • Real Estate Wealth Database
  • Project of the National ID for the Economic Establishments
  • The Egyptian Network of Governmental Services
  • Development of the Egyptian Libraries
  • Egyptian Family Grass Root Database
  • Database of Social Solidarity
  • The National Database for Egyptian Legislations
  • Egypt’s Development Indicators Database

Information Provision

  • Egypt’s Information Portal
  • Egypt’s Description by Information
  • Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) Portal
  • Project of Local Development on the Governorate Level

Human Resources Development

  • Developing the Business Environment and E-Commerce
  • Distant learning
  • Training of Computer Teachers
  • Specialised Training on Information Technology
  • Computer Katatib

Development of the Administrative Environment

  • Management of Governmental Assets
  • Direct Order Purchase Center
  • Performance Balance
  • Zero Stock Orientation

IDSC Awards[edit]

Best Knowledge Management Initiative or Implementation in a Government Organization IDSC was awarded was announced as the KM UK award winner "Best Knowledge Management Initiative or Implementation in a Government Organization", during KM UK 2011 Conference in London. IDSC received the award for its efforts in establishing the first Egyptian governmental department for knowledge management in Egypt, and its role in exchanging experiences at the international level, as well as its ongoing efforts in developing strategies for knowledge management on the Societal and institutional levels.


Best Policy-Oriented Paper Award (12/01/2006) IDSC was awarded for the best policy oriented paper "Targeting the poor in Egypt" –A Receiver operating characteristics (ROC) approach, presented to the Economic Research Forum (ERF) in Kuwait.

Award Organization: Economic Research Forum (ERF)


E- Inclusion competition (08/01/2005) The Egyptian Information Portal was chosen as the second best information portal in 2005 in a competition organized by the Information Technology Industry Development Agency

Award Organization: The Information Technology Industry Development Agency


Best information portal (07/01/2005) The Egyptian Information Portal was chosen as the best information portal in 2005 in a competition organized by the Egyptian Ministry of Administrative Development for encouraging internet services. It was first launched in June 2003 with the aim of becoming one of the most important information providers, unifying and auditing data as well as their definitions in an effort to eradicate inconsistency. It also aimed at interacting with the community as well as providing it with information services and finally introducing centralized services to researchers in which they are able to attain information, data, studies, and many others.

Award Organization: Ministry of State for Administrative Development


ISO 9001:2000 (12/11/2003) In view of the strategic vision of making IDSC an outstanding organization on the local, regional and international levels in the area of providing information and decision support to comprehensive development issues within an independent financial frame. It made sure to cope with the international quality standards. Thus IDSC's sectors were all qualified to conform with standards necessary to obtain ISO certificate 9001 – 2000 through the American Systems Registrar – ASR on 11 September 2003. Read more.

Award Organization: American Systems Registrar - ASR


Mohamed Ben Rashed Al-Maktoum Prize 2002 (23/03/2003) IDSC was awarded Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Award for Arab Management for standing as the best Arab governmental organization in 2002. IDSC became eligible for the prize as it met the necessary criteria being an outstanding organization in terms of administration and its commitment to set and apply comprehensive strategic plans for all operations, as well as launching innovative initiatives

Award Organization: Mohamed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Award for Arab Management


Global Bangemann Challenge 1999 Award (19/06/1999) The Stockholm Challenge Award is a non-profit initiative in partnership with the European Commission. It offers private, public, academic and non - profit IT pioneers a unique opportunity to present distinct projects. The Information and Decision Support Center (IDSC) received this award for developing Egypt's Information Highway Project.

Award Organization: The City of Stockholm in partnership with the European Commission


URISA Exemplary Systems in Government (ESIG) Award 1997 (19/07/1997) URISA awards this prize for exemplary systems in the government (ESIG). IDSC was awarded this prize for its role in improving the delivery and quality of government services through the application of information technology.

Award Organization: Urban and RegionalInformation Systems Association (URISA)


The G-7 Global Inventory Project 1997 (19/05/1997) An honorary prize for Egypt’s Information Highway and Health Information Network .

Award Organization: The G-7 Global Inventory Project


The International Organization for Constructional Planning (19/06/1996) The Prize was awarded for the best government system operating in regional development .

Award Organization: The International Organization for Constructional Planning


Internet 1996 World Exposition Gold Medal (19/02/1996) Egypt's Information Highway won a gold medal in "Internet 1996World Exposition " . The Gold Medal was awarded according to the votes of visitors

Award Organization: Internet 1996 World Exposition


Computer World Award 1994 (19/09/1994) IDSC was selected in 1994 Computerworld magazine poll as one of the best 100 worldwide organizations in the utilization of information systems in development.

Award Organization: Computer World Magazine


Franz Edelman Award 1989 (19/03/1989) This prize was awarded for achievements in operations research and management sciences.

Award Organization: The Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS)


Triennial Conference Third World Prize 1987 (19/08/1987) IFORS is an International Organization for societies whose primary objective is the advancement of operational research. It aims at developing Operational Research as a unified science and encourage its spread worldwide.

Award Organization: The International Federation of Operation Research Societies (IFORS)

IDSC was awarded was announced as the KM UK award winner "Best Knowledge Management Initiative or Implementation in a Government Organization", during KM UK 2011 Conference in London. IDSC received the award for its efforts in establishing the first Egyptian governmental department for knowledge management in Egypt, and its role in exchanging experiences at the international level, as well as its ongoing efforts in developing strategies for knowledge management on the Societal and institutional levels.

IDSC Web Sites[edit]