|Title||Training course on the EU survey on ICT use in enterprises|
Staff from the ICT statistics unit of the partner National Statistics Institutes and directly involved in the production of statistics on ICT use in enterprises.
|Timing||8-10 and 15 September 2020|
Project on “Statistics on ICT use in enterprises”
Supporting partner countries in developing and implementing methodologies for the production of statistics on ICT-use in enterprises aligned with EU standards
Statistics on ICT use in enterprises are key to understanding production and innovation dynamics at play within the economy. Here again, comparability across countries is essential to draw lessons from various experiences and this comparability can only be achieved through the implementation of international standards.
The production of ICT statistics is subject to international methodological guidelines set up in the OECD manual on “Measuring the digital economy” (2014) and in the Eurostat Methodological Manual for the surveys on ICT usage in enterprises and households. This manual, developed by Eurostat and the EU Member States, aims to provide guidelines for developing national surveys on a harmonised basis.
Partner countries are very interested in the implementation of this international methodology but face difficulties in adapting and applying the international questionnaires on the use of ICT by enterprises. ICT statistics are still under development in most of partner countries and conformity of existing ICT statistics with international and EU standards is often questionable. In many cases, partner countries aim to adapt the international model questionnaires on the use of ICT by households and enterprises in order to customize them to national specificities. They also strive to develop the use of administrative data sources.
With this in mind, it was agreed to implement specific STEP activities on statistics on ICT use in enterprises. The objective of developing and implementing methodologies for the production of statistics on ICT-use in enterprises is to introduce EU standards across all partner countries.
This online training course aimed at ensuring knowledge and adoption of the major features of the Eurostat Methodological Manual for statistics on the Information Society within the partner countries’ national statistical institutes. It partly relied on presentations by participants of the situation in their countries regarding the availability of statistics on ICT use in enterprises. The presentations included descriptions of the current methodologies; major data gaps and deviations with regard to international standards. The training also offered the chance to discuss the support that the STEP C2.6 project on “Statistics on ICT use in enterprises” could bring to partner countries in this respect, including the possible content of the technical assistance missions planned in the context of this project. It relied on the transfer of specific knowledge and know-how by a highly specialised expert, Mr. Andrea de Panizza from ISTAT, and on presentations by representatives of the partner countries about their current situation regarding the production of statistics on ICT use in enterprises, the challenges they face and their objectives in this area.
The lively discussions proved that the training was appreciated and useful to all participants. Most importantly, it enabled elaboration on roadmaps towards the production of statistics on ICT use in enterprises aligned with EU standards across all partner countries, including the possible content of the technical assistance missions planned in the frame of this STEP project. These achievements will constitute essential elements in the development of the cooperation on Statistics on ICT use in enterprises over the lifetime of the STEP Programme and for the achievement of the expected results within the framework of this specific project.