LESSONS LEARNED AND CURRENT STATUS
Database Manager, Department of Statistics
International Labour Office
Route de Morillons 4, CH-1211 Geneva 22, Switzerland
In May 2012, during MSIS 2012 meeting in Washington, DC, I made a presentation about the rationale behind the streamlining processes we had started at the ILO Department of Statistics, and made a brief description of the project to redesign the department’s approach that included not only the development of new applications using updated and appropriate tools to achieve the required functionality, but also changes in the procedures for data compilation.
The new process for data compilation and dissemination has been built based on four main ideas:
- The broadening of the ways of interaction with the countries for data collection;
- The full automation of computerized procedures, so as to enable Statistical Assistants to engage more efficiently in non-computerized activities;
- The systematization of the consistency and correction procedure regardless of the way the data was received; and
- The ability to know when and why (or why not) data from the countries is arriving, thus knowing how much information is to be included in a publication.
The new ILOSTAT database compilation procedures aims to have a better response rate from the countries, to reduce the delay of the information received and to improve the overall quality of the data published.
After one year, and with more than 80% of the project completed, we have some experiences and lessons learned in the process regarding the implementation of changes in the procedures, IT applications developed, development tools, the reality of data providers, etc., that we would like to share.