The United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) is organizing the second meeting of the Expert Group on Innovative and Effective ways to collect Time-Use Statistics (TUS), in line with ICATUS 2016 and other international standards, to be held in New York on 20-22 May 2019. The meeting will be convened to continue the process of developing methodological guidelines on how to operationalize ICATUS 2016 and produce time-use statistics using the latest technologies, as requested by the United Nations Statistical Commission at its forty-eighth session in 2017 in its decision 48/109.
This meeting will bring together a group of selected experts with expertise in the area of time-use statistics and/or modes of data collection for household surveys. The meeting will focus in particular on the survey instruments (full time diaries; light time diaries; stylized questions) and the development of options for countries to collect time-use data in an effective and efficient manner, highlighting trade-offs between options. The specific objectives of the EGM are as follows: (a) Develop a map linking policy data needs to the different instruments (full and light diary and stylized questions) and identify the type of policy questions that can (or cannot) be answered when a specific instrument is used; (b) Take stock of the implementation and use of activity classifications at the national level to inform the operationalization of ICATUS 2016; (c) Discuss the steps to operationalize ICATUS 2016 when using full time diaries and light diaries: information needed and how to obtain it; and further discuss when and how to opt for stylized questions to collect time use information; (d) Get updates from experts on recent developments in the area of time use statistics, including on: the use of technology to collect time-use data, and current/planed country data collections.
For information about the first meeting, please visit https://unstats.un.org/unsd/demographic-social/meetings/2018/newyork-egm-tus.cshtml