FIJI lacks the expertise to analyse and interpret data information from researches, particularly in health.
Mark Griffin, the director of the Australian Development Agency for Statistics and Information System, said this was a major challenge in Fiji.
Facilitating the Biostatistics Forum at the Holiday Inn in Suva yesterday, he said researchers should avoid themselves from being biased in their report, especially when reporting on health issues.
"This will determine government spending. If they give the wrong information, an incorrect method will be used to solve the problem," Mr Griffin said.
The forum has been established to advance expertise in statistics and computer skills within the local population in the Pacific Island.
Participants include health officials from the Fiji School of Medicine, Fiji School of Nursing and University of the South Pacific.