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Journal of Official Statistics, Vol.21, No.4, 2005. pp. 747759

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Quality on Its Way to Maturity: Results of the European Conference on Quality and Methodology in Official Statistics (Q2004)

Abstract:
From 1999 to 2001, the Leadership Group (LEG) on Quality, established by the Statistical Programme Committee (SPC) of the European Union following a proposal by Statistics Sweden, analysed the state of the art of quality work in the European Statistical System (ESS). Its final report contained 22 recommendations and was endorsed by the SPC in September 2001 (Eurostat 2002). Recommendation No. 14 called for the establishment of biennial conferences “covering any methodological or quality-related topic of relevance to the ESS.” The European Conference on Quality and Methodology in Official Statistics (Q2004) was organised in response to this recommendation. Q2004 was inspired by the success of the International Conference on Quality in Official Statistics (Q2001), in which the recommendations of the LEG on Quality were presented and discussed for the first time.

Keywords:
Quality, official statistics, quality assessment

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