This website aims to provide information on how to develop and implement a National Quality Assurance Framework (NQAF). NQAF is a structure for implementing quality assurance activities within a country, with the main focus on the national statistical system.
This website presents the Template and Guidelines for a Generic National Quality Assurance Framework (UN NQAF) adopted by the United Nations Statistical Commission in 2012, together with additional materials such as an inventory of national and international quality references, information on the Expert Group on NQAF, quality terminology references and some further background information.
In March 2017, the United Nations Statistical Commission re-established the Expert Group on National Quality Assurance Frameworks. Currently, the Expert Group is working to update UN NQAF based on decision 48/106 of the United Nations Statistical Commission in March 2017. The Commission requested the Expert Group to address implementation issues, among them assuring the quality of SDG indicator data and data from new sources and new data providers. The updated draft UN NQAF Manual is expected to be submitted to the 50th session of the Commission in March 2019.
In March 2019, at its 50th session, the Statistical Commission in its decision 50/106 welcomed and adopted the United Nations national quality assurance frameworks manual for official statistics (UN NQAF Manual) and its recommendations contained therein and requested the Expert Group on National Quality Assurance Frameworks to finalize the implementation guidance taking into consideration the need for countries to conduct self-assessment. The UN NQAF Manual builds on and replaces the generic United Nations National Quality Assurance Framework template and guidelines (UN NQAF template and guidelines) adopted in 2012. The Expert Group is currently finalizing the UN NQAF Manual and an unedited version is expected to become available in May 2019.