Overview - Workshop on frontiers in Bechmarking Techniques - 2005

Workshop on frontiers in Bechmarking Techniques - 2005

Workshop on Frontiers in Benchmarking Techniques and Their Application to Official Statistics: Workshop information

The Statistics Directorate of the OECD and the Statistical Office of the European Communities (Eurostat) are holding a joint ‘‘Workshop on Frontiers in Benchmarking Techniques and Their Application to Official Statistics'' in Luxembourg on 7-8 April 2005.

National statistical institutions are frequently faced with the situation of having low frequency data (annual or less frequent) that are comprehensive and not very timely, and high frequency data (quarterly and monthly) of lower accuracy, less detail and less scope, but much more timely. The challenge is then to identify and use appropriate statistical techniques to combine these two sets of data to produce timely, high frequency estimates of the highest degree of accuracy, reliability and detail possible.

Benchmarking techniques are those processes optimally combining two or more sources of measurements in order to obtain reliable estimates of the series under investigation. Traditional fields of application of benchmarking techniques are national accounts, censuses and demographic data, employment, administrative records, and cross-section data.

The objective of the Workshop is to encourage the continuing advancement and dispersion of benchmarking knowledge in both theory and a wide variety of applications. The Workshop will provide a forum for the presentation and exchange of theoretical results and practical applications on benchmarking, and will give an opportunity to have an integrated view in the area, promoting exchanges amongst researchers and official statisticians working at the frontier of several different aspects of this important discipline.

This workshop follows on from a one day workshop held on this topic at the OECD in November 2003 from which the proceedings can be accessed at Proceedings from the OECD/Eurostat November 2003 Workshop on Benchmarking