10 June 2010

Committee for the Coordination of Statistical Activities

Conference on Data Quality for International Organizations

The fourth Conference on Data Quality for International Organisations will be held on 6 and 7 May 2010 in Helsinki, Finland, immediately after the Q2010 European Conference on Quality in Official Statistics (which will also take place in Helsinki, but from 4 to 6 May 2010). It will be held under the auspices of the Committee for the Coordination of Statistical Activities (CCSA)

The purpose of the conference which is dedicated to data quality 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 to exchange experiences regarding the various quality mechanisms developed for improving the collection and dissemination of data. The main focus of the 2010 conference will be on how international support for the development of National Quality Assurance Frameworks can be provided. The discussions at this year's meeting, therefore, will reflect upon the proposals made by Statistics Canada in its programme review on National Quality Assurance Frameworks for the UN Statistical Commission (see document E/CN.3/2010/2 from the forty-first session of the Statistical Commission, http://unstats.un.org/unsd/statcom/sc2010.htm; see also http://unstats.un.org/unsd/dnss/nqaf.aspx ).

A programme committee has been set up consisting of Mr. Charles Lufumpa, African Development Bank (AfDB), Mr. Gora Mboup, United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), Mr. Stefan Schweinfest, United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) and Mr. Pieter Everaers, Statistical Office of the European Union (Eurostat).

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