National Statistical Systems

The National Statistical System (NSS) is the combination of statistical organisations and units within a country that jointly collect, process and disseminate official statistics on behalf of a national government. 

PARIS21 supports developing countries as they develop their NSS through several mechanisms. PARIS21 facilitates South-South learning in statistical development through peer reviews and helps countries further advance their national statistical systems through NSS Assessments

NSS Peer Reviews

PARIS21 facilitates South-South learning in statistical development through a peer review mechanism. The focus of the peer reviews is on governance of the national statistical system (NSS), its organisation, strategic planning, service to users, funding, and sustainability. Peer review teams typically include both senior statisticians (normally the head or deputy head of the NSS) and senior policy makers from two other countries.

NSS Assessments

NSS Assessments are conducted to identify the necessary statistics and infrastructure for a country to develop its national statistics system in order to support good governance and sound decision making.

Statistical Laws

PARIS21 supports countries in the review of statistical legislation with the objective of providing recommendations for updating or drafting of statistical legislation to help countries effectively respond to calls for stronger and renewed statistical systems.

Leadership Training

PARIS21 developed a Leadership Training to improve and strengthen the leadership, management, governance and co-ordination capabilities of leaders within statistical offices.

Statistical Evaluation and Progress (STEP)

The Statistical Evaluation and Progress (STEP) is a questionnaire for the National Statistical Office (NSO) to fill in and co-ordinate the responses of the various public producers of statistics at the country level.