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Good Practices in Statistical Data Collection

This page is a place for the community of people working in data collection in national and international statistical institutes to share knowledge, experience, ideas and resources.  It is under development and will evolve according to the level of interest it generates and the amount of use made of the resources.
Please feel free to add your suggestions for other things we could do on this wiki, either via the discussion forums or by emailing us.

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International collaboration, challenges and opportunities, new developments in data collection

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Case Studies of National Statistical Offices for the Organization of Data Collection

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Examples of National Data Collection Strategies

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LATEST NEWS: Fourth Data Collection Workshop 2016:  

The Workshop will be held from 3 to 5 October and will be hosted by Statistics Netherlands (CBS) in the Hague. It is organized back-to-back with the Workshop on Statistical Data Dissemination and Communication (5-7 October). Wednesday 5 October will be a joint day focusing on common issues. Register online at:

The program of the workshop will consist of the following substantive topics: 

  • Alternative Data Sources
  • Optimizing Data Collection Management
  • New Technologies for Collecting Data
  • Mixed-mode Collection
  • Communication with Respondents
  • Interactive work sessions

The 2015 Data Collection Workshop: Riding the Wave of the Data Deluge  was successfully held from 29 April to 1 May in Washington D.C., United States of America. It was held back-to-back with the Workshop on the Communication of Statistics (27-29 April). We thank participants, organizers and steering committee members for their contributions.

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The joint 2016 Data Collection and Dissemination and Communication Workshop, will have an innovative creative interactive event. Participants will work at the workshop in small teams to produce real output. Output will be judged by colleagues and experts in a creative cooking competition style setting. By combining team members with different expertise, synergy will be created.Topics and further information will be provided at a later stage. Information Note 2, explaining the special session,…
From 29 April – 1 May 2015, UNECE's Data Collection Steering Group will hold a workshop on statistical data collection, hosted by the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics in Washington, D.C. The workshop will emphasize participant involvement and interaction. It will include target-driven small group discussions, practical demonstrations, a panel discussion, posters and short presentations, in addition to the more traditional presentations and written papers.…
The 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 conference topics include, but are not limited to:

 Pilot experiments and experiments embedded in statistical production

  • Data collection modes
  • Non-response, response propensity, respondent behaviour and response burden
  • Administrative and registry data
  • Big Data and other non-traditional Data Sources
  • Versatile data collection systems (adaptive surveys, modular surveys/systems, split questionnaires…)
  • Horizontally integrated data collection systems


The NTTS 2015 conference will take place from 10 to 12 March 2015 in Brussels. For details on the event, please refer to the conference homepage.

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