- Undertaking technical research in prioritized and other national accounts issues and experimentation and testing of selected recommendations.
To address the issues a series of Guidance Notes are being developed. This list is based on the consolidated SNA research agenda and an initial list of issues considered for updating the 2008 SNA which was identified in July 2020.
A novel key feature within the research component of the update of the 2008 SNA work programme is the explicit inclusion of an experimental estimation / early implementation component for some recommendations in the guidance notes.
Dedicated task teams were established to undertake the technical research and draft guidance notes.
- Engaging in a broad consultation on the issues related to the thematic areas.
The Broad Consultation component of the SNA update constitutes several rounds of interactions with various groups of stakeholders such as compilers, policymakers, academia, and the private sector. Among the instruments used to broadcast the update and collect feedback are online Global Consultations on the guidance notes and Outreach activities through global and regional webinars and forums.
- Ensuring overall consistency with other statistical standards in the system of economic statistics.
For overlapping issues in the research agendas identified for the SNA, BPM, GFS, MFSM, SEEA, ISIC and CPC etc., the Task Teams were established consisting of subject matter experts from relevant Committees of Experts and other groups.
As of March 2022, of specific note is the historically close collaboration of the work on the update of the BPM6 and the 2008 SNA and the efforts to align the two standards, as well as the engagement of the Government Finance Statistics Community in the update programme.