Statistical evidence in policy making

PARIS21 session at the 16th IAOS

20 September 2018, 2:00-3:30 pm

Room CC2, OECD Headquarters, Paris

The spread of digital technologies and new approaches for compiling statistics has led to vast improvements in providing evidence to policy makers for making decisions. The expectations are of a “trickle-down” effect from the production of statistics to their use in policy-making. However, most discussions about official statistics highlight their technical aspect, while underestimating their contribution to policy-decision processes.

This parallel session will gather a core group of policy experts to explore how statistics are used throughout the public policy process. While different approaches to measure the value and use of statistics on policymaking have been developed, understanding how decisions are supported through statistical evidence remains crucial. The endorsement of the Cape Town Global Action Plan in 2017 has increased the interest on the statistical community to revisit the indicator. The session is divided into three parts:

  1. First, it will propose an indicator to measure the use of statistics in national policy documents.
  2. It will then present two practical examples of country implementation on the role of statistics.
  3. Finally, the session will discuss scenarios for a global statistical system that is dynamic and responsive to the needs of policy makers.

The session will also serve as an important step in the validation of the Use of Statistics in Policy Making Indicator developed by PARIS21 and which will feature in its Flagship report, the Statistical Capacity Development Outlook, to be issued in April 2019.


Chair: Johannes Jütting (PARIS21)

1. “Developing a use of statistics indicator in national development plans”, Rolando Avendano, Yu Tian, Barbara Yael Baredes (PARIS21)

2. “How a smart census solution significantly improves policy statistics”, Nele Coghe (Hexagon Geospatial)

3. “Using statistical evidence to inform policy – a UK perspective”, Robert Bumpstead (Office for National Statistics, UK)


Proposing a Use of Statistics indicator for National Development Plans (Draft)

For more information on the IAOS: http://www.oecd.org/iaos2018/