The conference “Small Estonia, big Europe – what do statistics show?” organised by Statistics Estonia and Eurostat, took place 24 October. The conference focused on consumers of statistics and was one of the events marking the European Statistics Day on 20 October.
“The aim of the conference is to give an overview of statistics consumers, their hopes and needs and their experiences with using statistics,” said Mart Mägi, Director General of Statistics Estonia. “The ambition of Statistics Estonia is to be the most effective statistical office in Europe by 2021. We want to produce user-friendly and necessary statistics, which do not provide information only in retrospect but projections as well,” explained Mr Mägi. “If we wish to be visible in the information society and capture users’ attention, we need to understand the real needs of users and find the best ways to use new capabilities for their benefit,” said Mr Mägi.
Dr Emanuele Baldacci, Director for methodology, corporate statistical and IT services of Eurostat, remarked, “This conference is an important opportunity to raise awareness and discuss the future of European statistics. Official statistics can only stay relevant and valued if users can easily access the data and society uses this data for information and decision-making. Eurostat and the national statistical offices are continuously improving statistical communication products so we can better interact with our users.”
ESAC (European Statistical Advisory Committee) declaration, Lisbon 20 October 2017 "European Statistics Day - Quality Data and Reliable Statistics: benefits for all Users and Citizens"
Quality data and reliable statistics are a public good for everyone. In fact, official statistics:
are vital drivers to strengthen democracy and to measure the progress of nations and regions;
shape and are shaped by many individual and social activities in a citizen’s daily life;
play an essential role in the modern development of scientific knowledge;
provide relevant evidence to support policy formulation and evaluation.
If quality data and reliable statistics are to become successful drivers for democracy, development, innovation, competition, prosperity and well-being, they need to be complete, relevant, coherent, accessible and timely. Official statistics already meet this high-quality standard. Read more
Explore our new digital publication "The life of women and men in Europe – a statistical portrait" which compares women and men in their daily lives. It also shows how similar or different the everyday life of women and men is in European countries. This digital publication containing short texts, interactive visualisation tools, infographics, photos, etc. has been developed by Eurostat in collaboration with the National Statistical Institutes of the EU Member States and the EFTA countries and is available in most of their official languages.
The high-level conference ‘Power from Statistics; delivering the evidence of tomorrow’ will bring together a multidisciplinary audience, consisting of policymakers, journalists, business leaders, academics and official statisticians. Over two days participants will discuss the future needs for evidence to inform policy, and how these information needs may be met by the European official statistics community of tomorrow.
The conference will address statistical evidence in fields such as migration, globalisation, sustainability, and new economic and business models. The Power from Statistics Outlook Report (which contains articles in these domains written by various stakeholders) is a key input to the conference. The conference will also look at how to best meet information needs. The new digital publication ‘Women and men in Europe’, which is due out on 18 October, is an example of a new approach for this.
Although registration is closed, you may follow the conference through web-streaming. You will also be able to interact with the speakers by posting your comments and questions via Twitter #PowerFromStatistics, and by downloading the conference app to vote on their proposals.