The European Network for Better Establishment Statistics (ENBES) is inviting academics, methodologists, and users to participate in the workshop on

Coordinated Sampling for Business Surveys

Date:                  Friday, 1st March 2019, 9:00 – 16:30

Venue:               Statistics Netherlands (CBS), The Hague, The Netherlands

Registration:   Registration extended to February 15, to register please follow this link to web form

Local info:         Link to file


National Statistical Institutes publish each year a number of different business statistics. In practice, a considerable part of these statistics is based on surveys, whose samples are repeatedly drawn from a central business register that acts as a sampling frame.

Sample surveys cause response burden for businesses. To regulate this administrative burden, a sampling coordination system may be used. The purpose of sampling coordination is to control the overlap between successively drawn samples in a dynamic population. In the case of negative coordination this overlap is minimized and in the case of positive coordination a fixed overlap is achieved between the samples. In this way one can regulate the duration that a business receives a certain survey, the period that they are free of surveys or whether a business receives multiple surveys or not.

The workshop aims to provide deeper insight into the current most advanced methods of coordinated sampling for business surveys.  Broadening the range of approaches, the moderated workshop will identify their common elements and also their differences, creating a platform for exchanges about ways to further improve the existing methodology and the related metrics. Additionally, in the workshop software will be presented that can be used for sampling coordination.

In order to stimulate the discussion during the workshop, ENBES will prepare a short note with discussion points on coordinated sampling, that will be circulated among the participants in advance of the workshop.

On behalf of ENBES

Arnout van Delden, Marc Smeets, Paul Smith

Registration and further details:

Registration is open until February 15, 2019. The number of participants is limited to 50 in order to maintain the workshop character of the event. Registrations are admitted on a first-come, first-served basis. Registrations will only be valid after confirmation by ENBES.

No registration fee is requested for participation. Presentations and discussions will be in English. ENBES is not able to give any financial assistance for travel or accommodation costs.

A pdf-version of the invitation can be found here.

All presentation slides have been uploaded.

Please have a look at the report on the workshop.

Final programme:

08:30 - 09:00 Registration, with coffee and tea

09:00 - 09:10 Introduction, welcome and overview

Arnout van Delden, Marc Smeets (Statistics Netherlands),

Paul Smith (University of Southampton, ENBES)

09:10 - 09:55 Coordinated sampling: the current state and the research frontier

Alina Matei (Université de Neuchâtel)

09:55 - 10:40 Coordinated sampling: Theory, method and application at INSEE

Caroline Imberti (National Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies, France)

10:40 - 11:00 Coffee break

11:00 - 11:45 Coordinated sampling: Theory, method and application at Statistics Sweden

Annika Lindblom (Statistics Sweden)

11:45 - 12:30 Discussion of the morning session

Moderator: Paul Smith (University of Southampton)

12:30 - 13:15 Lunch

13:15 - 14:00 Coordinated sampling: Theory, method and application at SFSO

Lionel Qualité (Swiss Federal Statistical Office)

14:00 - 14:45 Coordinated sampling: Theory, method and application at CBS

Marc Smeets (Statistics Netherlands)

14:45 - 15:00 Coffee break

15:00 - 15:45 Short presentations of other approaches and experiences

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Gary Brown (ONS)

15:45 - 16:30 Discussion of the afternoon session and reflections from the day

Moderator: Paul Smith (University of Southampton)