SAE (Finished)

Coordinator: Denisa Camelia FLORESCU

The general objective of the project is to develop a framework enabling the production of small area estimates for ESS social surveys.

The specific objectives are:

  • Complete the state of the art produced in the EURAREA project, update the documents available on small area estimation, describe the current application in UE NSIs and non-UE NSIs, create a common knowledge on application of small area estimation methods;
  • Review and develop suitable criteria to assess the quality of SAE methods for the choice of proper model and the evaluation of MSE;
  • Make available software tools for SAE to the ESS ;
  • Foster knowledge transfer by the development of case studies and associated recommendations on representative problems in small area estimation in the ESS ;
  • Provide practical guidelines in ESS social surveys context;
  • Transfer knowledge and know-how to non-participating NSIs and disseminate results.

Main milestones: 

  • Meeting 1 (Roma): month 1 – kick-off, organization of WP2, WP3 and WP4;
  • AMELI Workshop (Wien): February 2010 – presentation of the project to scientific community;
  • ESSnet workshop: June 2010 (requested by Eurostat – Annex I);
  • Meeting 2 (Wiesbaden): month 7 – final results of WP2, first results of WP3 and WP4,  organization of WP5;
  • DIME meeting: October 2010 (requested by Eurostat – Annex I);
  • Meeting 3 (Heerlen): month 13 – final results of WP3, first results of WP4, organization of WP5;
  • SAE 2011 (Trier): Summer 2011 – dissemination of results of ESSnet ;
  • Meeting 4 (Neuchatel): month 18 – analysis of further results of WP4 and WP5, organization of WP6;
  • Meeting 5 (Madrid): month 23 – final results of the project;
  • Course: (Rome): month 26;

Dissemination actions towards the ESS :

  • Dissemination of results is the fundamental objective of the ESSnet , the first instrument designed to share information on the activities run by the partners and results obtained will be available through a website. The website will represent also the platform for a forum on SAE application in order to help communication among NSIs willing to apply SAE on the estimation process.
  • A course on SAE and 3 trainings-on-the-job are the instruments to facilitate the development of SAE among European Union countries.
  • NSIs having expressed their interest in being informed as user of SAE by the ESSnet will have an active role, in directing the results, through reading commenting and testing.
  • Finally, participation to statistical conferences and workshops related to small area estimation is suggested to inform the scientific community about the outcomes obtained at the various steps.