United Nations Statistics Division

United Nations Statistics Division
Statistics and Statistical Methods Publications

Handbook of Statistical Organization, Third Edition: The Operation and Organization of a Statistical Agency
Series: F, No.88 
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Languages available:A, E, S, C, F


This Handbook deals with the fundamentals of national systems of official statistics: general principles, data collection and respondent policies, principles of organization and management, and dissemination guidelines. Key chapters discuss the structure of statistical systems, coordination tools, the chief statistician, users and their needs, developing a progress plan, managing staff, managing information technology, interacting with respondents, getting information to the users, confidentiality and disclosure. The intended audiences for the Handbook are chief statisticians and their colleagues, and those charged with oversight of the official statistics function. The third edition is a complete revision of the 1980 edition.

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