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Statistical Training Programme

Purpose

To develop and maintain a programme of training seminars on statistics and on economics, to include: a programme of regular courses provided by OECD staff; a dynamic timetable of events such as seminars/workshops provided by staff and visiting speakers; liaison with other agencies providing training, e-learning materials, and a statistical "knowledge base"; sessions to welcome newcomers (both analysts and statisticians) at the OECD.
The events are aimed at both compilers/managers of data and users, and may be open to both OECD staff and external participants.

Objectives and outputs

This initiative was launched in early 2001, and has been carried forward by an OECD-wide co-ordination group which reports to the SPG. All statistical staff was surveyed in 2004, in 2007 and in 2008 to identify their statistical training needs. The programme of regular training courses and one-off seminars were adjusted to address the needs of staff. Regular courses are available covering drafting for statisticians, visual organisation of information, national accounts, productivity measures and seasonal adjustments. IT courses covering OECD specific software such as STD browsers, OECD.Stat, MetaStore, Data Provider Interface and more generic techniques are also provided on a regular basis. One-off workshops and seminars are organised during the year.

Main Developments for 2009

General aspects:

A survey on training needs of OECD statisticians and analysts was performed in 2008. The results of this survey were analysed and regular courses as well as seminars will be proposed in 2009. For example, a course on econometrics will be organised in the first half of 2009, another one on globalisation.
The co-ordination with other international organisations and NSOs will be improved to increase the training opportunities for OECD staff.

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