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Good practices in the communication and dissemination of statistics

This page is a place for the community of people working in the fields of communication and dissemination of statistics in national and international statistical institutes to share knowledge, experience, ideas and resources. The page is under development and will evolve according to the level of interest it generates and the amount of use made of the resources. If you would you like to add a good practice example from your National Statistics Office or International Organization, please contact us.

Seminars and Workshops

Information and documents of UNECE Workshops on Dissemination and Communication of Statistics

Publications


Strategic Communication Framework phase 1

This publication, phase 1 of the project, was developed by a UNECE Task Force composed of experts from national and international statistical organizations, and endorsed by the Heads of statistical offices of more than 60 countries, showcases the value of official statistics and provides recommendations for statistical offices on ways to promote, measure and communicate this value. It was endorsed by the CES in 2019 and presented at the 2019 UNECE workshop on Dissemination and Communication of Statistics. The framework and all its components are offered as a guideline and are not intended to be prescriptive. Statistical organizations are invited to use the framework in its entirety, or to use elements that help support their organization’s business model and brand.



Making Data Meaningful Publications.

Four practical guides to help managers, statisticians and media relations officers in statistical organizations use text and visualizations to bring statistics to life for non-statisticians; find the best way to get their message across or define strategies for improving statistical literacy.

The guides are available in various languages. Print copies of the English version can be obtained free of charge by clicking here, indicating the publication title, the language and postal address. For more information about the Russian version, please click here


Part 1: A guide to writing stories about numbers

The first guide provides guidelines and examples on the use of effective writing techniques to make data meaningful.

Part 2: A guide to presenting statistics

The second guide provides guidelines and examples on preparing effective tables, charts and maps, and using other forms of visualizations to make data meaningful. It also offers advice on how to avoid bad or misleading visual presentations.

  • 统计数据展示指南 - Chinese translation kindly provided by the National Bureau Statistics of China in cooperation with China Offices of UNICEF and UNFPA (3.4 Mb)

MDM 2 is now available on Apple iBooks Store:

Part 3: A guide to communicating with the media

The third guide aims to help producers of statistics find the best way to get their message across and to communicate effectively with the media. It contains suggestions, guidelines and examples.

Part 4: A guide to improving statistical literacy

The fourth volume of Making Data Meaningful provides an overview of current initiatives and define strategies for improving the statistical literacy of different user groups.

News

The 2020 Workshop on Statistical Data Dissemination and Communication is planed to be held back-to-back with the UNECE Workshop on HRMT for Statistical Organisations. It is scheduled for 7-9 September 2020 in Lisbon Portugal. However, due to shortage of staff and the Covid19 pandemic, it is currently on hold. By early June, a finial decision is expected.

The Strategic Communication Framework, was completed with several new elements: 

These parts were the output of phase II of the UNECE Strategic Communication Framework Project that was part of the HLG-MOS 2019 work programme. They will be combined with the publication from phase 1 of the project, that was developed by a UNECE Task Force composed of experts from national and international statistical organizations, and endorsed by the Heads of statistical offices of more than 60 countries, showcases the value of official statistics and provides recommendations for statistical offices on ways to promote, measure and communicate this value. It was endorsed by the CES in 2019 and presented at the 2019 UNECE workshop on Dissemination and Communication of Statistics. The framework and all its components are offered as a guideline and are not intended to be prescriptive. Statistical organizations are invited to use the framework in its entirety, or to use elements that help support their organization’s business model and brand.


The 2019 Workshop on the Statistical Data Dissemination and Communication was held in Gdańsk, Poland on 12 - 14 June. Click  here for the meeting documents and meeting report.












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