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Statistical development through in-depth reviews

We strive for innovation and launch pioneering work as a result of in-depth reviews. Countries’ Chief Statisticians select key topics for these thorough analyses every year to:

  • Identify gaps between user needs and existing statistics.
  • Discover emerging issues that need to be addressed.
  • Take stock of current practices to share innovations.
  • Focus on strategic development of statistics.

The reviews often result in cutting edge work to develop new statistics and guidelines, share good practices or develop common tools and standards for statistical production. 


Resources - reviews of statistical work

Linking data across domains and sources
(February 2024 paper by Canada)
Timeliness, frequency and granularity of official statistics
(February 2024 paper by Canada and Portugal)
Use cases for alternative population bases
(October 2023 paper by United Kingdom, Poland and UNECE)
Social cohesion
(February 2023 paper by Canada)
Measurement of current well-being
(February 2023 paper by Israel)
Hard-to-reach groups in administrative sources
(February 2023 paper by Denmark)
Data ethics
(October 2022 paper by Canada and United Kingdom)
Collaboration with private sector data providers
(February 2022 paper by Poland et al.)
Measuring non-observed/informal economy
(October 2021 paper by Mexico, IMF and UNECE)
Subjective poverty measures
(October 2021 paper by Poland)
New forms of employment and quality of employment: implications for official statistics
(February 2021 paper by Canada)
Measuring circular economy
(October 2020 paper by Finland et al.)
Role of the statistical community in climate action
(February 2020 paper by the Steering Group on Climate Change-Related Statistics)
Measuring well-being in the era of digital society
(February 2020 paper by Canada)
International migration and cross-border mobility
(October 2019 paper by Mexico)
Various types of satellite accounts 
(February 2019 paper by Canada)
Measuring gender identity
(February 2019 paper by Canada and United Kingdom)
Statistics and data on cities
(October 2018 paper by the Netherlands and Eurostat)
Use of satellite image data in official statistics
(October 2018 paper by Canada and Mexico)
Measuring social exclusion
(February 2018 paper by Canada and Mexico) 
Emerging issues in statistical communication
(October 2017 paper by Ireland) 
Gaps in gender statistics
(October 2017 paper by Mexico and UNECE) 
Data integration
(February 2017 paper by UNECE and the High-Level Group for the Modernisation of Official Statistics) 
Exchange and sharing of economic data
(October 2016 paper by Finland and UNECE) 
Governance statistics
(October 2016 paper by Mexico, Turkey and OECD) 
Geospatial information services based on official statistics
(February 2016 paper by United Kingdom) 
Strategic partnerships with the information industry
(October 2015 paper by Canada)
Diversification of census methodology
(October 2015 paper by Finland and Turkey)
Labour mobility and globalization
(February 2015 paper by Austria)
Process-oriented approach to statistical production
(February 2015 paper by Turkey)
Measuring extreme events and disasters
(October 2014 paper by Mexico)
Population projections
(October 2014 paper by United Kingdom and Canada)
Leading, composite and sentiment indicators
(January 2014 paper by UNECE)
Measurement of social protection
(January 2014 paper by UNECE)
Entrepreneurship statistics
(October 2013 paper by Eurostat and OECD)
Big Data
(October 2013, paper by Big Data Task Team)
Political and other community activities, including volunteering
(February 2013, paper by Mexico)
Poverty statistics
(November 2012, paper by Ukraine and Eurostat)
Banking, insurance and financial statistics
(November 2012, paper by IMF)
Population ageing
(November 2012, paper by UNECE)
Household survey methods

(November 2011, paper by Canada)

Global manufacturing

(November 2011, paper by the Netherlands)

Education statistics

(November 2011, paper by Australia)

Measuring the information society and statistics on science, technology and innovation

(June 2010, paper by Australia)

Time-use surveys

(November 2010, paper by Germany)

The use of secondary and mixed sources for official statistics

(June 2010, paper by UNECE)

Government finance, fiscal and public sector statistics

(October 2009, paper by IMF)

Statistical dissemination, communication and publications

(October 2009, paper by the CES Steering Group on Statistical Dissemination and Communication)

Housing statistics

(February 2009, paper by Poland)

Measurement of labour cost

(October 2008, paper by OECD)

Agricultural statistics, including forestry and fisheries statistics

(October 2008, paper by Eurostat, in cooperation with United States and Brazil)

Environment statistics

(February 2008, paper by Eurostat)

Culture statistics

(February 2008, paper by Finland)

Gender statistics

(October 2007, paper by Italy)

Income, living conditions and poverty

(October 2007, paper by OECD)

Business statistics

(February 2007, notes by IMF, Finland, UNSD, UNECE, Eurostat, Canada)

Population statistics

(February 2007, paper by UNECE)

SDMX initiative

(February 2007, paper by SDMX sponsors)

Health statistics

(February 2006, paper by United States and OECD)

Justice and crime statistics, including the safety concept

(February 2006, papers by Italy and the Netherlands)

Statistics on Globalisation

(February 2006, paper by Canada and United Kingdom)

Quality frameworks and the link with institutional frameworks and principles 

(February 2006, paper by Sweden, in cooperation with Eurostat, IMF and Canada)

Transport statistics

(February 2005, paper by Denmark)

Labour statistics

(February 2005, papers by Italy and ILO)

Income and consumption

(February 2005, paper by Canada)

Migration statistics

(February 2005, paper by United States with IMF and World Bank)

Technical cooperation

(February 2005, paper by Eurostat)