A set of activities, which may be repeated, to investigate characteristics of a given Population. It that describes the purpose and context of a set of Business Process within the context of the relevant Statistical Program Cycles.
The Statistical Program is one of a family of objects that provide the environmental context in which activities to produce statistics within a statistical agency are organization are conducted. Statistical Program is the top level object that describes the purpose and objectives of a set of activities. Statistical Program will usually correspond to an ongoing activity such as a survey or output series. Some examples of Statistical Program are:
- Labour Force Survey - Multipurpose Household Survey - National Accounts - Demography - Overseas Arrivals and Departures
Related to the Statistical Program object there are Statistical Program Design and Statistical Program Cycle objects that hold the detailed information about the design and conduct of the Business Process.
In the case of the traditional approach, an organization has received a Statistical Need and produced a Change Definition and an approved Business Case. The Business Case will specify either a change to the design or methodology of an existing Statistical Program, which will result in a new Statistical Program Design; or a change to one or more existing Statistical Programs (for example, to add an additional objective to the Statistical Program); or result in a new Statistical Program being created.
This does not include statistical support functions such as metadata management, data management (and other overarching GSBPM processes) and design functions. These activities are conducted as part of Statistical Support Programs.