Moving towards register-based statistical systems


Moving towards register-based statistical systems

Course Leader


Target Group

Methodologists and statisticians who are involved in the production of statistics potentially covered by different administrative registers. The course is targeted to any NSI staff wishing to understand the possible ways of producing official statistics based upon statistical registers. Horizontal knowledge of different statistical areas and production steps in official statistics is welcome.

Entry Qualifications

  • Sound command of English. Participants should be able to make short interventions and to actively participate in discussions.
  • Basic understanding of the statistical registers.


The main objectives of the course are:

  • to provide the participants with basic knowledge of using administrative registers to produce statistics;
  • to provide skills to build and update statistical registers by using various administrative sources;
  • to provide best practices in combining statistical surveys and register data;
  • to provide best practices on moving from a survey-based system to a register-based system (illustrated by successful experiences in several Member States);
  • to provide best practices on reducing statistical burden by using statistical registers.


Presentation of registers:

  • Types of registers: base registers and specialized registers;
  • Examples of registers (on Persons, Buildings, and Businesses; other registers);
  • Characteristics of registers: Units, Identifiers, Coverage, Time reference;
  • Advantages and disadvantages of register-based statistics.

Different usages of registers:

  • Inter-institutional cooperation framework and quality of registers;
  • Combined use of sample surveys and register data (Sample surveys data used to complement data from registers; Register data used in sample surveys; Use of registers for building statistical frames).

Developing a register-based statistical system:

  • Interlinking registers to improve quality of statistics, interlinking registers and other data to produce official statistics. Linking register-based statistics and Geographical Information Systems.

Process of moving from a survey-based system to a register-based system, based on the experiences of four different Member States:

  • Description of the experiences of Member States that have moved to a register-based system;
  • Description of the difficulties and pitfalls and ideas how to overcome them;
  • Transfer of best practices to enable other Member States to go through the change process in a faster and more efficient way.

Practical examples illustrated by the transition experience of the Member States having a register-based statistical system.

Expected Outcome

Participants should be able to have a better understanding of the many concepts supporting their future work, as well as in applying those concepts and should have gathered further skills which improve the effectiveness and efficiency of their production of statistics using statistical registers.

Training Methods

  • Presentations and lectures
  • Exchange of views/experiences on national practices
  • Exercises

Required Reading


Suggested Reading

Required Preparation

Before the training takes place, participants are required to prepare a short presentation on their own activity as well as that of the organisation regarding practices, problems and experiences in the subject.


Eric SCHULTE NORDHOLT (Statistics Netherlands)

Kaija RUOTSALAINEN (Statistics Finland)


Practical Information





Application via National Contact Point


3 days


ICON-INSTITUT Public Sector GmbH

Deadline: 09.08.2021