News 25 Jun 2019

Statistical Conference provides insight into challenges for national statistical organizations

The Conference of European Statisticians (CES) of which Finland is a member, will host the 67th Plenary Session in Paris between 26 and 28 June 2019.

National statistical organizations (NSOs) around the world increasingly must innovate and experiment with alternative data sources to provide their citizens with the types of information they require to make informed decisions. The CES Plenary is one opportunity where the international body of statisticians can share and learn.  Two seminars in particular will bring attention to these key challenges.

The first, the Emerging Role of NSOs as Offices for Statistics and Data, will focus on data stewardship, discussing how NSOs can increase their impact and enhance trust in government-wide data systems, share expertise and show novel ways to foster data driven communities and organisations.  The opening key note of the seminar will be provided by Anil Arora, Chief Statistician of Canada.

The second, New Data Sources – Accessibility and Use, will focus on the opportunities and challenges in using new data sources.  Using administrative data can reduce respondent burden, and increase the timeliness, efficiency and quality of statistics.   

Collaboration among the international community of NSOs is not new, nor is their individual and collective impact on society.  National statistical offices provide an accurate and unbiased measures of a country’s economic and social health – an indispensable tool for transparency and accountability and, ultimately, for the functioning of democracies.

67th plenary session of the Conference of European Statisticians

More information:
Marjo Bruun
Statistics Finland
Chairperson of The Conference of European Statisticians