The second meeting of the Steering Committee of the Twinning Project "Support to the State Statistical Office for capacity building and improving compliance of statistics with EU standards" took place on 27.04.2017 in Skopje in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.
The meeting was attended by the project leaders from the implementing countries and from the beneficiary institution (State Statistical Office), as well as by representatives from EU Delegation and from the Central Financing and Contracting Authority of the Ministry of Finance (CFCD).
As part of the commitments of the State Statistical Office for strengthening and improving the cooperation with data users from the scientific research community, a Memorandum of Cooperation with the Economic Research and Policy Institute "Finance Think" was signed yesterday at the State Statistical Office.
This Memorandum will deepen the cooperation between the two institutions, particularly with regard to capacity building, stimulating evidence-based research projects and exchange of knowledge and experience, which will contribute to the development and promotion of the objectives and strategies of both institutions.
The non-governmental organisation Open Data Watch (ODW), which deals with research and analysis of the relationship between open data and official statistics, recently released its 2016 annual report from the assessment of national statistical offices of 173 countries in the world.
This non-governmental organisation focuses on open data and works with other NGOs and international agencies on promoting the benefits of using open data, especially in developing countries.
The ODW research assesses the coverage and openness of official statistics available on the websites of national statistical offices in order to identify gaps, to promote open data policies, to improve access to data, and to encourage dialogue between national statistical offices and data users. Data are grouped into 3 main categories: social statistics, economic statistics and environment statistics. Each category is scored in terms of coverage and openness of data on the basis of ten elements: coverage and disaggregation, data availability for the last 5 years, availability for the last 10 years, data availability at the first administrative level, availability at the second administrative level, possibility of machine readability, data availability in a non-proprietary format, existence of download options, metadata availability, as well as free and unrestricted use of data, without licenses and with attribution only.
According to the 2016 report, the statistical system of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia is ranked 30th in the world (out of 173 countries) and 6th among the countries of Southern Europe. Among the candidate countries and potential candidates for EU membership, the statistical system of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia is in the first place.
The European Statistics Day on 20th October 2016 is an excellent occasion for the State Statistical Office (SSO) of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia to organise a “Caravan for statistical education“.
This caravan will visit high schools in order to present the official statistical data produced by SSO and Eurostat, on European level. These visits will be a good opportunity to inform students how important statistics are in the socio-economic life at national and European level.
Another aim of this initiative is to make statistics more popular among students, to help them understand statistics and teach them how to use statistical data.