12 May 2010

Committee for the Coordination of Statistical Activities

Conference on Data Quality for International Organizations
Helsinki, Finland, 6-7 May 2010

Programme and papers

Thursday, 6 May 2010
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15.00 - 15.15 Welcome and introduction (Note change in start time)

  • Statistics Finland: Heli Jeskanen-Sundström
  • Eurostat: Pieter Everaers
  • UNCTAD: Henri Laurencin

15.15 - 17.00 Session 1: Introduction: Background and current state of the art of quality assurance frameworks in international organizations and at the national level (principles, codes of practices, ongoing initiatives, existing handbooks, guidelines and other tools)

Organizer: UNSD

17.00 - 17.15 Coffee break

17.15 - 18.00 Session 2: Quality assurance for statistics based on administrative sources/microdata

Organizer: IMF

Friday, 7 May 2010
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9.00 - 10.30 Session 3: Selected country experiences with quality assurance work, with a special focus on formulating their needs and expectations vis-à-vis support from international organisations

Organizer: FAO

10.30 - 11.00 Coffee break

11.00 - 13.00 Session 4: The role of international organisations in supporting national statistical institutes' quality initiatives (all participants will be divided up into one of the following 3 groups to discuss and then report back to the plenary on:)

Organizers: AfDB, UNSD and Eurostat

  • How can international organisations better divide the work related to improving data quality at the national level, including the provision of support for the institutional setups for national statistical institutes?
  • How are or could international organisations help national initiatives on quality? (Role of peer reviews, quality coaching, quality tool kits, etc.
  • How can national quality reports be aligned with the various international initiatives?

13:00 - 14:15 Lunch break

14:15 - 16:00 Session 5: How are international organisations measuring/ensuring public satisfaction?

Organizer: UN-Habitat

16:00 - 16:30 Coffee break

16:30 - 17:30 Summary of the conference, conclusions and the next CCSA quality event

Organizers: Eurostat, UNCTAD and UNSD