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The European Network for Better Establishment Statistics (ENBES) is dedicated to improving cooperation on methodology, theory and applications within European establishment
statistics. Establishment statistics is statistics about - and for - businesses and other forms of corporate units. ENBES invites professionals from official statistics, academia and private sector to join activities aimed at advancing the state of the art of the field, as well as at promoting the theory and best practice that leads to more efficient and consistent methods in establishment statistics production. ENBES stands for a holistic approach to the field of establishment statistics. It promotes an examination of all aspects in the chain of production: questionnaire design, editing, estimation, and so on. Only using such an approach can a proper balance of efforts and costs be reached, enabling high quality production of establishment statistics.
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A brief history

ENBES, the European Network for Better Establishment Statistics, was initiated in 2008 upon recognition of a need for stronger contacts between European researchers and practitioners in the field of establishment statistics. After some preliminary contacts, a first written initiative was circulated in October 2008. On February 19, 2009, during the NTTS conference in Brussels, we held an inaugurative meeting of the ENBES, in the presence of about 25 colleagues. Minutes can be found here. There, we decided to go ahead with a workshop later that year, which was to be the first formal activity of the Initiative. The workshop - the first European Establishment Statistics Workshop (EESW09) - was held in Stockholm, Sweden, from 7th to 9th September 2009. Its program is preserved on this site, as well as its papers put into the current Repository. The second workshop, EESW11, was 12-14 September, 2011, in Neuchâtel, Switzerland. The third workshop EESW13 took place on 9-11 September, 2013, in Nuremberg, Germany.

Steering Committee

The Steering Committee consists of:

The Committee meets approximately once a month, in telephone conferences. The previous membership of the Steering Committee is preserved on this site.

Working Groups

The work of the Steering Committee is supported by three ENBES working groups :

Working group on Workshops

Goal: Plan and carry out scientific and organisational aspects of the next round of the European Establishment Statistics Workshop (together with the local organising committee).
Members: Daniel Assoulin (Swiss Federal Statistical Office, Switzerland), Wim Kloek (Eurostat), Vanessa Torres van Grinsven (Utrecht University/Statistics Netherlands), Haritz Olaeta Goiriena (Basque Statistical Office, Spain), Jacek Kowalewski (Central Statistical Office of Poland), Tomasz Klimanek (Statistical Office in Poznań, Poland).

Working group on Communication

Goal: To enable and support spreading of information, networking and cooperation within ENBES in periods between the workshops.
Members: Irena Bolko (University of Ljubljana, Slovenia), Deirdre Giesen (Statistics Netherlands), Alexia Meyermann (Bielefeld University, Germany), Ria Sanderson (UK Office for National Statistics).

Working group on Network Expansion

Goal: To enable expansion of ENBES by seeing that all groups of stakeholders (official statistics, academic, organisations, private sector) are represented in a balanced way in ENBES and are actively invited to take part in ENBES activities.
Members: Mojca Bavdaž (University of Ljubljana, Slovenia), Shirley Coleman (Newcastle University, UK), Boris Lorenc (Statistics Sweden), Kieran Walsh (Central Statistics Office, Ireland).

RSS as the administrative host for ENBES

ENBES and the Royal Statistical Society (RSS) have in August 2013 entered into a collaboration by which the RSS will act as an administrative host for ENBES. With both organistions having a profound interest in furthering the theory, methods and practices of statistics on businesses and other institutional units, the collaboration is by both organisations seen as contributing towards this general goal. The collaboration is entered with a trial period of two years, after which it will be evaluated.

Contributing to the web site

In the spirit of Wikipedia and similar collaborative web sites, intention with putting ENBES on a wiki site is to enable members to themselves contribute to the content:

  • papers
  • technical reports
  • information on forthcoming conferences and workshops
  • information on ongoing or forthcoming projects
  • knowledge base
  • and more

that is, contribute to building shared knowledge for practitioners and researchers within European establishment statistics. Every registered user is given the possibility to contribute to the site, in accordance with (thus far only broadly defined) goals of this site.

However, being aware that some tools might not be as usable as one would like them to be, we are ready also to assist you in putting up your content (being any of the items mentioned above). Colleagues interested to contribute to any aspect of the work of ENBES (future workshops, discussion groups, the wiki, other work with the web page) are very welcome to contact us on the email address info(at)enbes(dot)org, which reaches everyone on the Committee.

To become a registered user, please send us an email to the same address, info(at)enbes(dot)org, with a short description of your interest in establishment statistics.

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