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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.  

Framework for Information Exchange in Local Development


To support local governments and development agencies to collect, analyse and use data on their local economic and employment development policy challenges and impacts.
To support them in benchmarking their local economic and employment policy performance and the quality of their information systems with peers in other countries.

Objectives and outputs

The principal objectives are to support a selected group of local development organisations to improve the information systems they use in the design of the local economic and employment development policies and to enable the international exchange of information on policy challenges and performance.

It is planned to achieve this objective through:

  • Workshops with selected local development organisations to identify the strengths and weaknesses of their current information systems and recommend actions they may take to improve these systems and the evidence base they provide.
  • Peer exchanges among local development organisations operating in similar contexts to facilitate mutual learning on how to improve information systems.
  • Exchange of standardised information fiches on local development performance, the drivers and enablers of this performance and the impacts of policy.
  • Disseminating guidance to a wide audience of local development organisations on typical gaps and problems in information systems and how to remedy them.

The work undertaken in 2009-10 will result in: i) sets of recommendations for each participating locality on how to strengthen their information systems, and ii) a report including principles and techniques on how to measure local economic and employment development policy needs and performance, identifying strengths and weaknesses of existing practices and providing guidance to a large group of local development organisations on how to gather and use evidence in policy design.

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Main Developments for 2009

General aspects:

New activity.

Software Toolkit for OECD Statistical Databases (StatWorks)


To provide a generic software toolkit for the management of OECD statistical production data. The StatWorks software provides a common, SQL-based repository for statistical data and a set of tools for data management. The application is designed to be fully integrated with other OECD corporate systems such as the OECD.STAT data dissemination warehouse, the MetaStore metadata interface and new tools for paper and electronic publications.

Objectives and outputs

The main objective of the StatWorks development is to modernise the software platforms for management of OECD statistics in replacing multiple, non-standard systems with a single, generic application. The application manages the following statistical production processes: initial data migration, database administration, security management, data collection, data importing and validation, calculations, data querying and data export.
During 2004 the StatWorks software was implemented as a production application. The software is used to manage 22 different databases (either fully migrated, in the process of migration or being tested in pilot exercises) across 9 substantive directorates.
In addition the StatWorks software is being or has been evaluated by other international organisations (UNESCO, FAO, Eurostat, ILO, UNCTAD and IMF).

Main Developments for 2009

General aspects:

Additional new features will be implemented to Validation, Calculations and Reporting interfaces.