Work Packages

Work Packages (WP)

The project co-ordinator (ISTAT) was responsible for the administrative, financial and operative management of the project. The overall management acted to ensure the co-operation between members in accomplishing the tasks and helped communications among tasks. Stefano Falorsi from ISTAT, expert on small area estimation and experienced in participation in international co-operations and projects, was the ESSnet project co-ordinator.

  • WP1- Project Coordination and Management.
  • WP2-State of the art.
    Starting from recent literature reviews, existing textbooks and previous project outcomes, the WP portrayed the state of the art of the methodologies for SAE for ESS social surveys. The WP provided a comprehensive overview of small area estimation in the ESS social surveys with respect to implementation, needs and expectations.
  • WP3 - Quality assessment.
    The WP was aimed to review and develop suitable criteria to assess the quality of SAE methods. Recommendations on standard analysis to be produced were given. Application on the identified case studies was performed. Robustness of standard methods and robust methods were assessed and proposed to the extent they were already and thoroughly tested.
  • WP4 - Software tools.
    The objective of this WP was to review the available software tools, e.g. SAS programmes produced by EURAREA project and R routines developed within BIAS project. A list of desirable aspects to include in the software tools was provided.
  • WP5 - Case studies.
    The activities of this WP were focused on specifying for each of the main survey framework (with specific strategy covering the main situations: survey, design, level, type of auxiliary information, etc.) a sub-set of the methods described in the review in WP2 suitable for the specific framework. In addition case studies for each NSI involved in the WP were provided. The project was aimed to come with recommendations for the use of the SAE methods for the most relevant context identified in the review above. Relevant tools for diagnostics, identified in WP3, were applied as well. Case studies were aimed to be the ground for training the software or routines identified in WP4. Most partners expressed interest in priority to the Labour Force Survey.
  • WP6 - Guidelines and recommendations.
    The WP6 summarised the activities and results produced in the previous WPs, in particular the results in WP3, WP4 and WP5, so to provide practical guidelines in ESS social surveys context.
  •  WP7 - Transfer of knowledge and know-how.
    The WP7 was aimed to transferring knowledge and know-how to non participating NSIs and dissemination of results through course, workshop and coaching. 

    The project duration was of 27 months.