COVID-19: support for statisticians

The COVID-19 outbreak is impacting on the ability of statistical authorities to collect and process data in the traditional manner. Face-to-face interviews are being replaced with telephone and web-based surveys. The price observations needed to compile inflation statistics are both harder to collect and, for many goods and services, even missing. Staff numbers are reduced by sickness and family responsibilities, while the massive use of teleworking places demands on technical infrastructure.

In the face of this situation, Eurostat and national statistical authorities in the European Statistical System have been working together to elaborate guidelines and notes on how to address the methodological issues triggered by these changes in statistical production. This ensures that European statistics continue to be based on sound foundations. Our intention is to focus on solutions and thus be of direct help not only to official statisticians in the EU and EFTA countries but also across the globe.

This methodological corner brings together all the new guidelines and methodological notes published by Eurostat and will be regularly updated as new guidelines are developed.

Guidelines and methodological notes in the context of the COVID-19 crisis

Last page update: 11 September 2020