Official Statistics: Principles and Practices,
This website contains various materials
covering official statistics and practices, compiled by the
United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD).
The United Nations Statistical Commission,
in its Special Session of 11-15 April 1994, adopted the Fundamental
Principles of Official Statistics, earlier adopted by
the Conference of European Statisticians and its parent
body the Economic Commission for Europe. Part of this website
is devoted to the text of the Principles and to the defining
and essential elements behind each principle.
Practices Database, established in 2000, provides reference
material on the Fundamental Principles of Official Statistics,
in particular examples of policies and practices in various
countries for implementing the various elements of the
Principles (including relevant links to statistical agency
websites). The examples of these relevant policies and
practices of various countries can be accessed through
links from the Fundamental
Principles pages for each principle, or by using the
search facility of the Good Practices Database.
of Statistical Organization deals with the fundamentals
of national systems of official statistics: general principles,
data collection and respondent policies, principles of
organization and management, as well as dissemination guidelines.
The third edition is now presented on this site in final
draft form (ST/ESA/STAT/SER.F/88/DRAFT).
Various editions and drafts of the Handbook have formed
the basis of training
workshops on topics like the "Organization and
management of statistical systems" or the "Dissemination
of official statistics". Training material used in
such workshops is presented on this page.
Finally, some links
to other interesting sites related to official statistics