How should official statistics deal with 'alternative facts'? How to deal with new phenomena (such as the 'sharing economy' and new types of employment) that are hard to capture with traditional official statistics? How can the public be sure that data held by statistical offices are safe?
The high-level 'Power from Statistics' conference, jointly organised by Eurostat and the European Political Strategy Centre, looked at these, and other topics which are likely to be relevant to decision-makers and citizens in the future. Inspired by the 'Power from Statistics Outlook Report', the panellists discussed how official statistics could best deliver information about these topics.
The Power from Statistics Guidance Report has just been published. This report, which summarises the panel discussions and conclusions from the conference, gives a condensed overview of the ideas raised and developed through the initiative.
For example, some ideas concern topics such as improving cooperation with policymakers, acquiring new data sources, enhancing migration and labour market statistics and better measuring the sustainability of business models. Topics on how to reach out to a larger audience are also in the mix such as open formats, communicating uncertainty, or strengthening the brand of official statistics.
These are only a few of the many ideas coming from the Power from Statistics initiative. Take a look at the Guidance Report to get an executive overview of the ideas raised.
For an in-depth view on the various topics, why not check out the Outlook Report?
The Commission is currently organising a selection procedure for Eurostat in the domain of national accounts, balance of payments, prices and excessive deficit procedure/government finance statistics in order to set up a reserve list of temporary agents at grade AD8.
If you are a candidate, please read carefully:
Dear candidate, please note that when submitting your application file (application form plus requested documents) you should ensure that it includes the documents mentioned in Point 6 of the Notice of selection (page 7, EN version).
If you have already submitted your file, we kindly advise you to check it again. You have then the possibility to complete it or correct any mistakes you may have spotted, and this should be done by the deadline. For processing reasons, we would ask you to send again the complete file with all attachments.
We ask you to check , in particular, the following (the list is not exhaustive):
You have filled in all the requested personal information in the application form Part A and signed both Part A and B.
You have drafted the motivation letter in Language 1 (L1) chosen by you in the application form Part A. This language can be any of the 24 official languages.
The education and professional experience you declare in part B under points 1 and 3 must be confirmed by certificates you enclose in the application file. If some education or professional experience is not ‘backed up’ by a certificate, it cannot be taken into account. Diplomas should be in original language.
The dates you indicate in Part B (diplomas, professional experience) should correspond to the ones mentioned in the certificates you enclose.
In order to ensure the best results of this selection, the closing deadline is extended until 12/9/2018.
The NTTS series, New Techniques and Technologies for Statistics (NTTS) is an international biennial scientific conference series, organised by Eurostat, on new techniques and methods for official statistics and the impact of new technologies on statistical collection, production and dissemination systems.
The purpose of the conference is both to allow the presentation of results from currently ongoing research and innovation projects in official statistics, and to stimulate and facilitate the preparation of new innovative projects (by encouraging the exchange of views and co-operation between researchers - including the possible building of research consortia) with the aim of enhancing the quality and usefulness of official statistics and to prepare activities related to research in statistics within the European Framework Programme for Research and Development (Horizon 2020).
The NTTS 2019 is free of charge, offering publication possibilities after the successful acceptance of the abstract. The submitted abstracts will undergo a double-blinded peer-review by the members of the NTTS 2019 scientific committee. The NTTS 2019 conference will take place from 12 to 14 March 2019 in Brussels (with satellite events taking place on 11 and 15 March).
Call for applications for an expert group on Business-to-Government data sharing
The Commission is setting up an Expert Group on access to and re-use of private sector data for public interest purposes, bringing together independent experts to discuss business-to-government (B2G) data-sharing principles and to provide advice on future policy and funding initiatives.
Public sector bodies need to modernise their functioning by taking advantage of new data sources in order to become more data-driven and cost-efficient. Some have begun assessing data analytics to guide policy decisions or improve public services. Data held by companies such as telecoms operators, online platforms, car manufacturers, retailers or social media is highly relevant in this context. Its use can lead to a more targeted response to epidemics, better urban planning, improved road safety and traffic management, better environmental protection, market monitoring or consumer protection.
The Commission outlined governing principles for B2G data sharing in its Communication ‘Towards a common European data space’ of 25 April 2018. These principles are accompanied by Guidance on private sector data sharing which details practical and legal considerations. In this guidance document, the Commission committed to setting up an Expert Group on B2G data sharing to bring the policy forward.
The Expert Group’s tasks shall be to:
1.identify good practices on B2G data sharing in order to contribute to more efficient and better public service delivery and/or more reliable and evidence-based policymaking;
2.assess the legal, economic and technical obstacles preventing B2G data sharing, and advise on actions to promote B2G data sharing for public interest purposes;
3.give recommendations to the Commission on how to further develop its B2G data sharing policy.
The deadline for applications is 28 September 2018.
The first meeting of the Expert Group is expected to take place in November 2018.