Strategic Partnerships – Challenges and Opportunities for Official Statistics
The challenges facing official statistics are growing - new data sources, the need to develop new methods and tools, and demands for new types of outputs. Integrating official statistics with other types of data, such as geospatial information or local authority data, is becoming increasingly important, particularly in the context of the sustainable development goals.
To meet these challenges, statistical organisations are increasingly seeking to develop new types of partnerships with data providers, academia, other national and local government bodies, the private sector, and others. However, many statistical organisations admit that they have limited experience of developing and managing effective partnerships with some of these groups.
To address this, the UNECE hosted a High-Level Seminar on Strategic Partnerships in Geneva on 11-12 April. The first day was for national and international statistical organisations, to exchange ideas, experiences and lessons learned. The second day was open to current and potential partners, to get their perspective on working with the official statistics community. Both days featured short presentations on key points, followed by group discussions, to give all participants plenty of opportunity to share their experiences and hear the experiences of others.