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The Database of International Statistical Activities (DISA) lists the activities of over 30 statistical organizations active in the UNECE region. Updated every year, DISA is a coherent catalogue of planned work in international statistics over the coming year.  
3.3.1 Living conditions, poverty and cross-cutting social issues (OECD)
Family Outcomes and Policies

Purpose

To include cross-national information on family outcomes and policies as categorised under 4 broad headings: the structure of families, families and children, the labour market position of families, public policies for families and children, and child outcomes.

Objectives and outputs

Following up on the OECD Babies and Bosses reviews on the reconciliation of work and family life in selected Member States, and in view of the strong demand for cross-national indicators on the situation of families and children, the OECD has developed an on-line database on family outcomes and family policies with indicators for all OECD countries. The database brings together information from different OECD databases (for example, the OECD Social Expenditure database, the OECD Benefits and Wages database, or the OECD Education database), and databases maintained by other international organisations.

Development of the database is an ongoing process. The first batch of indicators on policies and outcomes was released in 2006. The database now has 58 online indicators containing information on the structure of families and demographic behavioural trends, public policies for families, the employment status of the latter, and child outcomes.

By the end of 2010, we produced 5 new indicators and updated 15 existing indicators.

In addition, in 2010, the database launched its "country snapshots". This tool allows data users to assess countries' position with respect to the OECD average. The assessment can be done using 16 indicators from the four different areas of the OECD Family database.

Child well-being indicators for children in OECD countries are also being constructed. These indicators belong to 6 different dimensions: material well-being; housing and environment; education; health; risk behaviours; and quality of school life. More via www.oecd.org/els/social/childwellbeing.

Databases

OECD Family Database and Child Wellbeing

Main Developments for 2011

General aspects:

In 2011, we will continue to develop new indicators and we will update around 30 of the already existent indicators.

We will develop a family support calculator which will consider comprehensive indicators on financial support through tax/benefit systems for model type families with different earnings.

The Family database will migrate to Access (SQL platform) to facilitate updating indicators.

Income Distribution and Poverty

Purpose

Analysis of main trends in the distribution of incomes from 1980s, based upon the OECD Income Distribution Questionnaire (irregular time intervals, every 4-5 years).

Objectives and outputs

Following the release in October 2008 of "Growing Unequal? Income Distribution and Poverty in OECD Countries", maintenance work and adjustments were carried out on the database. A data update on late 2000s data was carried out in 2010 on a key series of the questionnaire, as a basis for the 2011 Social Policy ministerial. Data will be released during Winter 2011.

Databases

OECD Income Distribution questionnaire

Main Developments for 2011

General aspects:

A data update on late 2000s data was carried out in 2010 on a key series of the questionnaire, as a basis for the 2011 Social Policy ministerial.

In 2010, we gathered comparable results for the accession countries, on the basis of the Income Distribution Questionnaire.

New data will be released during Winter 2011.

Data management:

Metadata in:
http://stats.oecd.org/Index.aspx?DataSetCode=INEQUALITY
http://stats.oecd.org/Index.aspx?DataSetCode=POVERTY
are regularly updated following comments from users.

Guidelines on the Measurement of Subjective Well-being

Purpose

To prepare a set of guidelines on the collection and use of measures of subjective well-being (SWB) that will be the recognised standard adopted by national statistical agencies and other producers and users of survey-based subjective well-being data.

Objectives and outputs

This activity was endorsed by the OECD Committee on Statistics in 2010. The main purpose is the development of a set of guidelines on the collection and reporting of subjective measures of well-being. The guidelines will include prototype survey modules for different types of survey.

Main Developments for 2011

General aspects:

2011 will see a draft set of prototype survey modules developed and circulated to Eurostat and other statistical agencies involved in the project. A draft handbook will be developed during the course of the year, but the final version will not be completed until early in 2012. However, a progress report will be presented to CSTAT in June 2011.

Social Indicators

Purpose

Social indicators have been developed to provide the broad perspective needed for any international comparison and assessment of social trends, outcomes and policies. By linking social status and social response indicators across a broad range of policy areas, social indicators help to identify whether and how the broad thrust of social policies and societal actions are addressing key social policy issues.

Objectives and outputs

The sixth edition of Society at a Glance, the biennial OECD overview of social indicators will be published in April 2011.

This report addresses the growing demand for quantitative evidence on social well-being and its trends. It updates some indicators included in the five editions published since 2001 and introduces several new ones.

The 2011 report heralds the arrival of four new OECD member countries Chile, Estonia, Israel and Slovenia. These countries are included in Society at a Glance for the first time. Data on Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Russia and South Africa is also included where available.

This report features a special chapter on unpaid work (Chapter 1). It also provides a guide to help readers in understanding the structure of OECD social indicators (Chapter 2), and a summary of the main trends (Chapter 3). More detailed information on all indicators, including those not in this edition, can be found on the OECD web pages (www.oecd.org/els/social/indicators).

Society at a Glance - Asia/Pacific Edition 2011, a joint OECD/Korea Policy Centre publication, will also be published in 2011 - it offers a concise quantitative overview of social trends and policies across Asia-Pacific economies.

Databases

Social indicators

Main Developments for 2011

Data collection:

Data update every other year (data update in 2010).3.3.3 Information society (OECD)
Information Communication Technology

Purpose

To develop statistical methodology and indicators to evaluate the impact of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) on economic performances and social well-being.

Objectives and outputs

Statistics for the information society are developed following a "building block" approach. Methodological work and data collection have proceeded in several areas at different speeds, in a step-by-step fashion, by looking first at supply side statistics for the information society (statistics on the ICT sector), and then at the demand side (ICT usage statistics). The methodological work entails the development of the following guidelines and model surveys: the OECD definition of the ICT sector (1998), the OECD definitions of electronic commerce transactions (2000) and their guidelines for implementation (2001), the OECD Model survey on ICT usage in business (2005), the OECD Model survey on ICT usage by households/individuals (2005), the OECD ICT goods definition (2003), and the Guide to Measuring the Information Society (2005, revised in 2007).

The measurement work involves the production of internationally comparable and policy relevant indicators for measuring the supply and demand for ICT sector, ICT infrastructure, related services, content, applications and, in particular, electronic commerce. Data collection and the development of new indicators are carried out on an ad hoc basis in order to aid policy formulation and enable monitoring of progress related to the information society. Data collections of ICT indicators related to the ICT sector (supply statistics) and to ICT use and electronic commerce (demand statistics) are ongoing and metadata information on methodologies and survey vehicles used by member countries is being collected.

The indicators are used in periodical OECD publications such as the "Information Technology Outlook", the "Communications Outlook", and the biennial "STI Scoreboard" as well as "OECD Key ICT indicators" available online and updated on a rolling basis.

Non-member countries involved in the activity:

Brazil, China, India, Other, Russian Federation, Singapore

Databases

ICT Database

Main Developments for 2011

General aspects:

The methodological work will focus on an update of the OECD Model Surveys on ICT Use by 1) Households and Individuals; and 2) Businesses.

The analytical work will focus on: ICT, growth and productivity; ICT-enabled innovation; ICT and intangibles; the economics of digital data.

Outreach to non-member OECD countries will be strengthened during 2011, in particular with Brazil.

Data management:

The database has been fully loaded on OECD.STAT

Broadband indicators

Purpose

Providing a range of broadband-related statistics to policy makers. The indicators reflect the status of individual broadband markets in the OECD (subscriptions and penetration).

Objectives and outputs

The objectives are to continue the development of the Fixed and Wireless broadband data and to harmonize the data according to the new methodology.

Main Developments for 2011

General aspects:

First collection of Wireless broadband data.

Telecommunications Indicators

Purpose

To provide data on the evolution of the characteristics of the Telecommunications sector to analysts and policy makers in OECD Member governments and contribute to building a framework for indicators on the global information society. Work on this aspect involves the development of statistical standards and the compilation of reliable and internationally comparable indicators for the production and use of Communications technologies in businesses, households and governments.

Objectives and outputs

Work on Communication Indicators provides data for analysts and policy makers in OECD Member governments and contributes to the indicators framework for global information society. Basic performance indicators and the communication tariff comparison methodology are reviewed every two years. This database provides 90 time series of indicators on telecommunications such as network infrastructure, revenues, expenses and investment of operators, Internet indicators, trade in telecommunications equipment, etc.

Databases

Communications
OECD Telecommunication Database

Main Developments for 2011

General aspects:

Data on Internet subscribers will be detailed by the following access technologies : Dial-up subscribers, DSL services, Cable Modem services and a 4th category called Other Broadband access technologies (Including: Satellite broadband Internet, Fibre-to-the-home Internet access, Ethernet LANs, Fixed wireless subscribers).

Data collection:

More detailed data for Broadband (breakdown by technologies) will be included.3.3.4 Globalisation (OECD)
Activity of Foreign Affiliates

Purpose

To measure globalisation, and the contribution of multinationals to the economic activity of countries.

Objectives and outputs

The database on Activities of Foreign Affiliates (AFA) covers variables such as employment, production or R&D in conjunction with foreign direct inward investment. This data bank has been extended to the activity of affiliates of national firms abroad (outward investment) and to the activities of parent companies in the origin countries.

Databases

Activity of Foreign Affiliates (AFA)

Main Developments for 2011

General aspects:

Preparation of the implementation of ISIC Rev.4. Design of new questionnaires based on this industrial classification.

Globalisation Indicators: Foreign Direct Investment and Portfolio Investment

Purpose

To provide economic globalisation indicators of international investment (FDI and portfolio investment) to analyse and measure the extent of cross-border investments in the global market. These indicators are based on the methodology set out in the OECD "Handbook on Economic Globalisation Indicators" and the OECD "Benchmark Definition of Foreign Direct Investment, 4th edition".

Objectives and outputs

International investment indicators were published in 2010 as part the publication: "Measuring Globalisation: Economic Globalisation Indicators".

Main Developments for 2011

General aspects:

Indicators will be updated for regular dissemination via the Internet and the geographical coverage will be extended to candidate countries and Enhanced Engagement countries to the extent of data availability.

Harmonisation and Integration of statistics on Foreign Direct Investment and Activities of Multinational Enterprises

Purpose

The Council instructed the Investment Committee to take steps for the harmonisation and integration of statistics on foreign direct investment and on the activities of multinational enterprises. This work is part of the research agenda identified in the OECD Benchmark Definition of Foreign Direct Investment, 4th edition. [C(2008)76]

Objectives and outputs

The objective is to enable users to analyse the financial and economic variables of multinational enterprises by providing comprehensive guidance and by improving the methodologies of AMNE statistic in the light of revisions of other international standards. The exercise seeks improvements for comprehensive FDI and AMNE statistics which can be analysed in tandem.

Non-member countries involved in the activity:

Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Russian Federation, South Africa

Main Developments for 2011

General aspects:

Two electronic discussion groups will provide input on specific topics - - MNE Statistics Advisory Group (MSAG)
- Green FDI indicators

[see DAF/INV/STAT(2010)REV1]

Activity of Multinational Enterprises

Purpose

To carry out the data collection on the economic activity of multinational firms of the whole business sector.

Databases

AMNE3.3.6 Sustainable development (OECD)
Statistics for Sustainable Development

Purpose

To identify good concepts and practices in order to assist national governments and international organizations in the design of sustainable development indicator sets and in the development of official statistics in the area.

Objectives and outputs

A Task Force on measuring sustainable development indicators, established under the aegis of the OECD, Eurostat and the UNECE Conference of European Statisticians (CES), was established in February 2009, following the release of the report of the Working Group on Statistics for Sustainable Development in late 2008.

The objective of the new Task Force should be to further pursue the conceptual development of the capital approach in identifying indicators to present the long-term dimensions of sustainable development; to consider the distributional aspects under each capital indicator; and to focus on those indicators where further research is more likely to result in improved statistical concepts or methods.

The second meeting of the Task Force was held in November 2010, to discuss first draft of the various chapters to be included in the TF report. The TF agreed that it will not be possible to deliver a full report by June 2011, and will seek a formal extension of its mandate to June 2012. A third meeting of the TF is planned in May 2011.

Main Developments for 2011

General aspects:

The final report will discuss in more detail the measurement of human and social capital final, as well as additional items (e.g. international dimensions, biodiversity indicators, risks and uncertainties) not considered in the 2008 report.