ISWGHS Governance


Overview

The boxes in the shaded area represent the bodies of the Inter-Secretariat Working Group. The entities presented outside the shaded area are established by bodies other than the Inter-Secretariat Working Group to pursue similar objectives of improving the quality, availability and use of survey data through coordination and collaboration. Where applicable, the Inter-Secretariat Working Group will coordinate with those entities to take into account their work in its own work programme.

Major elements of ISWGHS governance arrangements.

Statistical Commission

provides the mandate of the Intersecretariat Working Group on Household Surveys, endorses its work programme and monitors the progress of its work.


Management Group

ensures appropriate inputs to and outputs/deliverables from the work of the Intersecretariat Working Group on Household Surveys and to lay the groundwork for successful outcomes. The members of the management group also act within their own organizations to further the agreed goals and objectives of the Intersecretariat Working Group.

                               

               

The Chair of the group will rotate among the organizations. The Statistics Division will also serve as secretariat of the group.


Technical Working Group

Composed of technical experts from member agencies represented in the management group, plus experts appointed by the management group. The technical working group facilitates the technical work programme of the Intersecretariat Working Group. In consultation with the advisory panel, the technical working group has the following tasks and responsibilities:

  • Preparing the work programme for review by the management group;
  • Promoting the application of existing standards and best practices in the design and implementation of household surveys, where such standards and best practices exist, and supporting the development and adoption of new standards and practices in areas where they do not exist;
  • Fostering coordination, monitoring and reporting on the implementation of household surveys to ensure that international and regional organizations, donors and recipient countries have clear roles and that their actions are complementary and effective;
  • Fostering the methodological development of household surveys by proposing and coordinating a research programme on survey methods and by assessing the appropriateness of proposals for new standards and methods;
  • Preparing, commissioning or supervising the production of manuals and handbooks for guidance and training in the design and implementation of household surveys;
  • Encouraging national support for the design and implementation of sustainable household survey programmes;
  • Communicating the policy relevance of household surveys;
  • Formulating a statistical response on emerging policy issues based on household surveys;
  • Developing international data collection activities in line with the normative standards and accompanying international recommendations in an efficient and cost-effective way.

Advisory Panel

Established to support the work of the Intersecretariat Working Group. It advises the technical working group on its standing work programme and provides guidance on any other issues upon request from the Intersecretariat Working Group. In particular, the advisory panel:

  • Evaluates and contributes to manuals and handbooks for guidance and training in the implementation of household surveys and supporting statistics;
  • Reviews and contributes to the methodological development of household surveys through research and assessment of the appropriateness of proposals for clarification, interpretation and changes to household surveys;
  • Reviews and contributes to the formulation of communication and dissemination strategies and of statistical responses on emerging policy issues based on household surveys;
  • Considers proposed international data collection activities in line with the normative standards and accompanying international recommendations in an efficient and cost-effective manner.


Task Forces

Established to advance research on particular normative and methodological matters or to implement other specific activities. The task forces consist of experts in the relevant area and have a balanced regional representation. The task forces have limited life spans and focus on particular issues. Terms of reference will be formulated for each task force and will include specifications on deliverables, timelines, human and financial resources and work arrangements for monitoring the technical discussions and for reporting recommendations to the Intersecretariat Working Group.


Secretariat

The United Nations Statistics Division will serve as the secretariat of the Inter-Secretariat Working Group.