Population and Social Statistics

Population and social statistics underpin evidence-based policy decisions that have an enormous impact on our well-being and quality of life. From health to education, to employment to crime, population and social statistics encompass every facet of our lives. And as new technology exponentially increases the amount of data available and our ability to analyse and disseminate them, it is likely that National Statistics Systems (NSS) will be required to produce information about a wider and wider range of social issues at greater levels of detail.

In this context, the Committee on Statistics established a Technical Advisory Group on Population and Social Statistics (TAG-PSS) to provide recommendations as well as substantive and methodological guidelines on the development of an agreed basic range of population and social statistics that all countries in the region should be able to publish by 2020.

In 2012, at its third session, the Committee recommended the use of the core set of Population and Social Statistics as a regional guideline for national statistical capacity development. The 69th Commission Session in 2013 then endorsed this use of the core set and recommended that it be used as a framework and guide in the development of statistical systems.

The TAG's current focus has been developing a capacity framework of the dimensions of a well-functioning NSS, capable of supporting the provision of the core set and responsive to demands for more information. This will underpin country assessments of strengths and development priorities for capacity development, which will in turn form the basis of regional action plans.