14 August 2008

Committee for the Coordination of Statistical Activities

Conference on Data Quality for International Organizations

The Conference on Data Quality for International Organizations will be held on 7 and 8 July 2008 at FAO Headquarters in Rome, Italy, immediately prior to the Q2008 - European Conference on Quality in Official Statistics (Rome, 9-11 July 2008). It will be held under the auspices of the Committee for the Coordination of Statistical Activities (CCSA).

The purpose of the conference is to provide statistical experts from international or supra-national organisations with a forum to discuss specific data quality issues related to their work and exchange experiences regarding the various quality mechanisms developed for improving the collection and dissemination of international data. It is proposed that the discussions at this year's meeting will build on the extensive work in the field of data quality assessment that has recently been undertaken by CCSA under the leadership of Eurostat, and which has led to the preparation of guidelines for the Implementation of Quality Assurance Frameworks for International Organizations Compiling Statistics (refer also to SA/2007/14/Add.4). This year's conference offers therefore a unique opportunity to discuss how these guidelines, or specific elements thereof, can be applied in international agencies.

A programme committee has been set up consisting of Mr. Enrico Giovannini (OECD), Mr. Sylvester Young (ILO), Mr. Heinrich Bruengger (ECE), Mr. David Marshall (FAO), Ms. Caroline Willeke (ECB), Mr. Stefan Schweinfest (UNSD) and Mr. Pieter Everaers (Eurostat). The first draft of the programme with the different sessions has been prepared.

For further information related to this event, you may contact Ms. Mary Jane Holupka of UNSD (holupka@un.org).