27 November 2013
National Quality Assurance Frameworks

The development of the Template for a Generic National Quality Assurance Framework (NQAF) and the Guidelines to accompany the Template was undertaken by the Expert Group on NQAF in response to a request by the United Nations Statistical Commission at its forty-first session in 2010. The Template is intended to be used as a tool to provide the general structure within which countries that choose to do so can formulate and operationalize national quality frameworks of their own or further enhance existing ones.

Additional work carried out by the Expert Group included: a mapping of the Template to existing quality frameworks (i.e. the European Statistics Code of Practice, the International Monetary Fund's Data Quality Assessment Framework (DQAF), Statistics Canada's quality assurance framework, and the Proposal for a Regional Code of Good Statistical Practice for Latin America and the Caribbean); a Glossary of quality-related terms; and an inventory of national and international quality references.

A Global Consultation was undertaken to seek comments about the Expert Group's work from senior management of statistical organizations and to gather feedback to assist the Expert Group in finalizing its report to the next Statistical Commission. The Expert Group is grateful to the respondents from the various national statistical offices who sent valuable comments and suggestions, and has taken them into consideration to the extent possible in the course of finalizing the related documents.

The Report of the Secretary-General on national quality assurance frameworks (E/CN.3/2012/13) (item 3(j) of the provisional agenda) was discussed at the Statistical Commission. The updated "Guidelines for the Template for a Generic National Quality Assurance Framework (NQAF)" - which includes the generic national quality assurance framework template, lists of tools and references specific to sections 3 and 4 of the template, the detailed mapping showing the correspondence to several existing quality frameworks, and links to the online NQAF glossary - was submitted to the Commission as a background document.

At its forty-third session in 2012, the Statistical Commission fully endorsed the generic national quality assurance framework template and encouraged countries to use it. Furthermore, it asked the Expert Group to develop an action plan to assist countries in the implementation of their national quality assurance frameworks and supported the proposal to pilot the generic national quality assurance framework template in some countries with different types of statistical systems. For the complete text of the decisions on national quality assurance frameworks, see decision 43/110 in the Report on the forty-third session (E/CN.3/2012/34).

TEMPLATE for a Generic National Quality Assurance Framework (NQAF) -
Arabic - Chinese - English - French - Russian - Spanish
   
GUIDELINES for the Template for a Generic National Quality Assurance Framework
(comprehensive background document, in English only, containing all NQAF-associated material except the online glossary and the online inventory of data quality references shown below).
   
GLOSSARY
   
DETAILED MAPPING OF THE NQAF TO OTHER FRAMEWORKS (alternate format)
   


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NATIONALLY AND INTERNATIONALLY DEVELOPED DATA QUALITY REFERENCES

Please contact us to provide updates and revisions to the information shown below or to suggest new data quality references for inclusion for your country or organization.

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African Union

Australia

Austria

Belgium

Botswana

Canada

Chile

China

Colombia

Czech Republic

Denmark

Estonia

Ethiopia

European Central Bank (ECB)

European Commission

European Union (EU)

Eurostat

Eustat

Finland

France

Germany

Greece

Hungary

Indonesia

International Monetary Fund (IMF)

International Statistical Institute (ISI)

Italy

Japan

Latin America and the Caribbean

Lithuania

Mercosur

Mexico

Netherlands

New Zealand

Norway

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

Poland

Portugal

Rwanda

SDMX (Statistical Data and Metadata eXchange)

Slovakia

Slovenia

South Africa

Spain

Sweden

Switzerland

United Kingdom

United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE)

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Institute for Statistics

United Nations Statistics Division

United States

World Bank




Official Statistical Commission document (E/CN.3/2010/2) -
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