Journal of Official Statistics, Vol.9, No.1, 1993. pp. 49–56
Data Relevance: Keeping Pace With User Needs
Gordon J. Brackstone
Abstract:Government statistical agencies face the contradictory challenges of increasing information needs and decreasing real budgets. This places great pressure on statistical programs to adapt or quickly lose their relevance and usefulness to data users. This paper concentrates on just one of these challenges: the challenge of ensuring that the content of the statistical program remains relevant to the evolving policy agenda of the nation. Mechanisms and prerequisites for maintaining relevance are suggested based on recent experience at Statistics Canada.
Keywords:Statistical agencies; data gaps; user consultation.
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