Established in 2016, the Directorate of Research, Documentation and ICT was restructured and strengthened in 2020 by Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya as part of his efforts to pursue an evidence-based approach to public policy; establish a robust system of record keeping for planning and policy in the state; and increase the use of digital technology in public service delivery.
The Directorate is headed by the Director-General Research and Documentation and it consists of three (3) sections namely: Research, Documentation and ICT. The research section is charged with the responsibility of gathering and analysing empirical data necessary for the formulation of policies, programs, projects and other day to day critical decisions of the Government. The documentation department is responsible for maintenance of modern data base of accurate records and information of government, while the ICT unit manages the digital infrastructure and process of the Government.
An outline of the functions of the sections under this Directorate is as follows:
- Data collection and analysis on infrastructure requirements of all communities in the State in order of the communities’ priority;
- Documentation of intertribal relations and conflicts in the State;
- Development of a small but administratively functional library and archives for ease of reference as input to critical decisions;
- Development of database on the achievements of the past and present administrations in the State;
- Development of database on major security challenges and crime statistics with a view to enabling predictions for proactive purposes;
- Conducting of opinion polls on critical political and social issues with a view to shaping Government’s political focus whenever the need arises;
- Keeping a chronicle of events as they affect the lives of the various communities of the State;
- Impact analysis of Government policies along the lines of acceptable performance indicators;
- Keeping track of online information blogging same and drawing Government’s attention;
- Updating the Gombe State Website and developing synergy with other popular sites with a view to advertising the State website;
- Establish and maintain a small cybercafé for use by Government House staff and other Ministries, Departments and Agencies whenever the need arises;
- Training of Government House Computer Operators on relevant software and maintenance of Government House computers and internet facilities;
- Keeping a data bank of curriculum vitae of all relevant Citizens of the State.
In carrying out the duties outlined above, the department adopts the following methods:
- Collaboration with Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs);
- Raising teams drawn from within and outside the State Civil Service to work on particular issue(s);
- Collaboration with reputable relevant consultants; Library and field research to be carried out by the office; and
- Any other method(s) within the rules developed from time to time by the office as necessitated by issues at stake.