Quality Framework for OECD Statistical Activities

For an international organisation like OECD, the quality of statistics disseminated depends on two dimensions: the quality of national statistics it receives and the quality of its internal processes for collection, processing, analysis and dissemination of data and metadata. The OECD Quality Framework has been designed to provide a framework that would enable the OECD to assess, compare and improve statistics systematically..

The potential benefits of a standard quality framework are considerable. First, it will provide a systematic mechanism for ongoing identification and resolution of quality problems; second, it will give significantly increased transparency to the processes used by the OECD to assure quality; and third, it will reinforce the political role of the OECD in the context of an information society.

The framework focuses on improving the quality of data collected, compiled, and disseminated by the OECD by improving the Organisation's processes and management. However, there will be a positive spillover effect on the quality of data compiled at the national level.

Quality Framework and Guidelines for OECD Statistical Activities, Version 2003/1