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Quality Assurance in the European Statistical System. Øystein Olsen Director General, Statistics Norway. Q2010 Conference Helsinki, 4 May 2010. Complexity of societies Globalisation and European integration Increased demand for high quality official statistics in Europe

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quality assurance in the european statistical system

Quality Assurance in the European Statistical System

Øystein Olsen

Director General, Statistics Norway

Q2010 Conference

Helsinki, 4 May 2010

quality and trust in statistics
Complexity of societies

Globalisation and European integration

Increased demand for high quality official statistics in Europe

Quality decisive for trust!

Quality and Trust in Statistics
ess responses to the challenges
European Statistics Code of Practice

Cracow/Haag action plans – modernisation of the system

New European Statistical Law

New Governance structure: ESAC and ESGAB

Sponsorship on Quality

ESS responses to the challenges
ess sponsorship on quality
ESS Sponsorship on Quality

The mandate:

  • To promote a common view and understanding of ESS quality management
  • To recommend possible modifications of the Code of Practice
  • To provide recommendations on how to proceed with quality work in ESS
implementing quality frameworks
Implementing Quality Frameworks
  • The European level:

Code of Practice compliance:

    • International reviews and benchmarking
  • National Quality Assurance:
    • A common framework: The Code of Practice
    • Minimum standards
      • Quality guidelines
      • Tools (indicators, reports, assessments etc)
      • Documentation
ess quality architecture
ESS Quality architecture

ESS level

national / Eurostat level

ESS Statistical Law

national Statistical Law

ESS Quality Declaration

(national TQM framework)

National QAF:

Description of practices and procedures for implementing the CoP

QAF:

ESS standards for implementing the CoP

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Documentation of Code of Practice compliance – the French case: http://www.insee.fr/en/insee-statistique-publique/default.asp?page=qualite/pratiques.htm

quality and standardisation
Quality and standardisation

Standardisation of processes, methods and systems

  • Facilitates quality assessment and assurance
  • Reduces risks
  • Effectiveness
  • Benchmarking
  • Best practices
    • also through international cooperation
support and infrastructure in the business process model

Metadata system

Support and Infrastructure

Data Editing

and Estimation

Dissemination

Data

Collection

Analysis

IT Services

InformationManagement

Archive

Support and infrastructure in the Business process model
quality and methodology
Quality and methodology
  • The pioneers were statisticians
  • But what is the situation today?
  • Need for revitalisation of statistical methodology within quality work?
aspects of quality in register based statistics
Aspects of quality in register based statistics
  • Relevance (for statistics)
  • Accuracy (of each record)
  • Timeliness (update of registers) and reference time
  • Comparability (over time)
  • Accessibility and clarity (documentation)
  • Administrative concepts
  • Coverage and completeness
  • Record matching ability
  • Compatibility (between file formats)
  • Confidentiality

Source: Eurostat meeting on Assessment of quality in statistics 2003

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Administration of statistical populations

Original register

Statistical version

the way forward
The way forward
  • The Code of Practice has to be kept alive!
  • National Quality Assurance:
    • Agreeing on minimum standards
    • Standardisation and harmonisation
    • Bringing in the statisticians!
  • Unlike businesses, we are free to cooperate!