Quotation Kurkowiak, Barbara Margarethe, Porsch, Lucas, Kafyeke, Terri, Hametner, Markus, Dimitrova, Anna. 2017. Towards a harmonised methodology for statistical indicators — Part 3: Relevance for policy making.




Indicators more and more play a fundamental role in our modern societies and constitute an essential resource for policymakers, business leaders and the general public. They support evidence-based decision making, allow comparisons over time, between policies, countries and regions, social groups and industries, and contribute to increased transparency and accountability. To fulfil this key role, indicators must be based on statistics that meet defined quality requirements. European statistics as produced and disseminated by Eurostat and the EU national statistical institutes meet the highest quality requirements. Being based on high quality statistics is a necessary but not a sufficient condition to make indicators policy relevant. Official statisticians, researchers and experts must be aware of the implications of the increasing role of statistical indicators in policy making. They have to engage with decision-makers to understand their needs and the expectations, but also to provide guidance for a correct interpretation and use of these indicators, and for their limitations.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Practice handbook, manual
Language English
Title Towards a harmonised methodology for statistical indicators ¿ Part 3: Relevance for policy making
Location Luxembourg
Publisher Publications Office of the European Union
Year 2017
URL http://ec.europa.eu/eurostat/web/products-manuals-and-guidelines/-/KS-GQ-17-007
ISBN 978-92-79-68871-3


EUROSTAT Monitoring Report and flagship publications (2016-2018)
Hametner, Markus (Details)
Dimitrova, Anna (Former researcher)
Kafyeke, Terri (Ecologic, Germany)
Kurkowiak, Barbara Margarethe (Eurostat, Luxembourg)
Porsch, Lucas (Ecologic, Germany)
Institute for Managing Sustainability IN (Details)
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