PROJECT C1.1_14-2 Communication for Statistics: Phase 2, adaptation of material

Activity type
Adaptation of existing training material
Title
Communication for Statistics: Phase 2, adaptation of material
Participants
No participants
LocationOnline
Timing
March-May 2021, online
Activity codeC1.1_14-2

The objective of the activity was to prepare the C4S Training of Trainers material and set up the online learning platform. Most of the video material is reused from a similar training conducted in the framework of MEDSTAT IV, but some of the material had to be reproduced in Russian. The learning material was integrated into the France Université Numérique (FUN) platform[1] in English and Russian, based on an agreement between the Contractor and FUN.

[1]https://www.fun-mooc.fr/en/

PROJECT C2.4_45 Training course on business demography statistics

Activity type
Online training course
Title
Training course on the European Framework for Business Demography Statistics
Participants
There were 39 participants from Armenia (10), Azerbaijan (7), Belarus (7), Georgia (7), Moldova (6) and Ukraine (4) participating in the study visit. Participants were heads of business statistics units of partner NSIs and other staff from the unit
LocationOnline
Timing
8-10 June 2021
Activity codeC2.4_45

The training course aimed to teach main EU acquis on business demography statistics, the Eurostat/OECD manual on the topic and application of the theory as to the current situation in the partner countries and discuss how the partner countries can improve their business demography statistics following EU guidelines.

Two senior short-term experts in business demography statistics facilitated this three-day virtual training course, supplementing each other and focusing on their respective areas of expertise. One additional expert contributed as a guest speaker during the second day to the presentations on the major features of the Eurostat-OECD Manual on business demography statistics, and on the impact of the new Regulation (EU) 2019/2152 on the indicators to be developed. The training course had an important workshop dimension, with the sharing of experiences and difficulties of the partner countries regarding the production of business demography statistics and the collective elaboration of national roadmaps for the development of business demography statistics aligned with EU standards.

PROJECT C2.9_19-1 TA to support pilot TUS in Armenia, methodology

Activity type
Technical assistance
Title
Pilot TUS methodology support to Armenia
Participants
Staff of Armstat
LocationOnline
Timing
From June 2020 to June 2021
Activity codeC2.9_19-1

The STEP programme supported Armstat in the conduction of a pilot TUS through the provision of technical assistance (TA) missions on TUS methodology as well as on sampling and IT issues. All activities regarding TUS in Armenia were undertaken in close collaboration with the UN Women Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia based in Istanbul.

The pilot TUS plan and methodology including survey questionnaire were finalised and the pilot survey data were collected in May/June 2021. The household and individual questionnaires were adapted to produce additional information as required by ICATUS coding. One additional column on payment for the main activity was added in the diary. Instructions and background questions in the diary were adapted based on the results of cognitive testing. Templates for manuals and guidelines were developed for interviewers and data coders based on the HETUS 2018 Guidelines and experiences of the STEs.

The Armenian activity list known as ACATUS was developed and used in coding in the pilot TUS. The ICATUS 2016 activity coding list (ACL) at the 3-digit level was used for the main and secondary activities. The HETUS 2018 ACL was used in the coding of context information in the diary.

In total, 14 methodological meetings between Armstat staff and STEs were held and five training courses were conducted on various topics, such as introduction to TUS methodology, TUS classification, data collection, cognitive testing and training for coders.

PROJECT C2.9_64 Training to apply the Harmonised European Time-Use Surveys (HETUS)

Activity type
Online training course
Title
Training to apply the Harmonised European Time-Use Surveys (HETUS)
Participants
There were 23 registered participants from Armenia (4), Azerbaijan (4) Belarus (3), Georgia (4), Moldova (3), and Ukraine (5). All participants came from the NSIs. They were mainly Managers and Senior Specialists working under Social Statistics Divisions, especially in the field of gender, labour, life quality, living standard and demographic statistics.
LocationOnline
Timing
22-24 June 2021
Activity codeC2.9_64

Five of the six participating countries had previously conducted a TUS or were in the process of conducting a pilot or a full-scale survey at the time of the training. This training course enabled participants to become familiar with HETUS 2018 guidelines and its application in ongoing and future TUSs planned in partner countries. Participants deepened their knowledge of HETUS 2018 methodologies, acquired practical knowledge on how to apply learned methodologies in planned or ongoing TUSs and learnt from the experiences of other countries.

The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the TUS results were emphasised during the country discussion session. One of the examples of countries learning from each other was that adopting the country-specific activity code “Distance learning” by one country was followed by other countries including it in the activity codes of their upcoming surveys.

PROJECT C2.2_72 TA mission on the development of the production account in accordance with ESA 2010 (Ukraine)

Activity type
Technical assistance
Title
TA mission on the development of the production account in accordance with ESA 2010 (Ukraine)
Participants
18 staff members from the National Account of the State Statistical Service of Ukraine (SSSU)
LocationOnline
Timing
1-30 June 2021
Activity codeC2.2_72

The general objective of this technical assistance mission was to produce a detailed diagnostic of the current situation regarding the calculation of households’ final consumption and the production of quarterly GDP flash estimates in the national accounts of Ukraine and, on this basis, to produce specific recommendations for the alignment of the national accounts of Ukraine with European and international standards in relation to these two major issues.

Before the first meeting, a questionnaire was sent to the SSSU dealing with each topic to be addressed during the mission in order to get information about the estimation method implemented, the available data sources and the main difficulties faced regarding the calculation of quarterly GDP flash estimates and of the final consumption of households. The answers to this questionnaire were received prior to the first meeting and, based on this information, the actual calculation process and the main problems could be discussed during this meeting.

During the second meeting, the practice of the EU Member States in relation to both topics was discussed. Between the second and the third meetings, the STEs received a series of questions regarding both topics which had to be answered in writing. Other questions were sent by the SSSU before the third and fourth meetings and all issues could henceforth be discussed in depth during these two meetings.

PROJECT C1.1_22 TRAINING COURSE ON RESEARCHERS’ ACCESS TO MICRODATA

Activity typeOnline training (2 x 2 full days)
TitleTraining course on researchers access to microdata
Participants

Senior officials from the national statistics institute and/or other producer of official statistics

  • 1 person in charge of this area in the partner country and who can take part in all four days
  • 1 person from legal department
  • 1 person from IT department
  • 1 person from methodological department
  • And other people from other departments.
  • (in principle unlimited number from each country as this can be of interest for several departments)
LocationOnline
Timing29-30 June and 8 and 9 July 2020
Activity codeC1.1_22

The aim of the activity was to train the participants in what is required to provide researchers access to micro data based on examples and experience of countries that have implemented such processes. More specifically, the aim was to clarify definitions, to provide an overview of the legal frameworks at stake and to present a framework for implementing with different possible strategies the various processes that are required for providing access to microdata for research purposes: user accreditation, data preparation, metadata, access facilities, communication. The countries’ specific issues, main difficulties and possible solutions could then be discussed by the participants in light of this framework.

It was initially aimed to have about 2 people by beneficiary country participating to the training, i.e. 12 people. Due to COVID-19, it was decided to implement the activity online (using Zoom) and the countries were offered to have more people attending the training. The proposal was welcome as shown by the final unexpectedly high number of participants, 65 with 13 from Armenia, 4 from Azerbaijan, 14 from Belarus, 5 from Georgia, 12 from Moldova, and 15 from Ukraine. The participants included people from numerous departments, in particular the legal departments, the methodology and quality departments, the surveys departments, the communication/dissemination/information departments, the IT departments and the resources departments, involving many times the heads of the departments and for Armenia several researchers from the Central Bank. This was very much in line with the training objective, as the implementation of researchers’ access to microdata requires a strong involvement and coordination of these various departments and liaising with researchers.

The 4 days’ training were divided in 2 x 2 days, in June and July with four sessions each day. Though interaction with numerous participants was more difficult online than in an on-site meeting, the four days training offered the possibilities of interesting questions at the end of each session. Continuous attendance (with even 2 more participants joining for the second part of the training on July 8 and 9) demonstrated the interest of the participants. It was decided to slightly reorganise the workshop on the training on the fourth day, with an internal discussion for each country instead of grouping two or three countries. The countries’ participants were asked to analyse their current situation in the light of the framework presented during the training on the legal frameworks, the five safes (safe projects, safe researchers, safe data, safe settings, safe outputs) and communication issues. It worked well and all countries presented their analysis of the situation during the round table session.

The presentations made by the countries showed that the participants have been able to seize very well the framework provided during the training for analysing their current situation and next steps. The main concepts and strategies have been well understood and should help the various institutes identifying priorities and key actors.

Most countries attending the training have changed or are on the way to change their legal frameworks for allowing access to confidential microdata for research and some have already started providing access. It is therefore expected that they will benefit from the training and that there should be fruitful development in the near future. Participants have expressed satisfaction in the training and interest for future support, for which various possibilities have been rapidly discussed and could be further investigated (regular online support, on-site support on specific issues, future workshops for discussing progress made and roadmaps).

PROJECT C1.2_35 Training in building capacity in quality methods, tools and good practices

Activity type
Four-day online training course
Title
Training in building capacity in quality methods, tools and good practices
Participants
Staff working with quality management and quality issues in the national statistical institutes and other producers of official statistics
LocationOnline
Timing
30 September – 2 October and 17 November 2020
Activity code
C1.2_35

Before the training, the participating countries were asked to complete a short questionnaire prepared by the STEs on the current state of quality management. This helped the STEs to address the real needs in the partner countries. The STEs from Lithuania and France presented their experience in quality management and process mapping. Partner countries provided concrete examples of activities, methods and tools implemented to adhere to the European Statistics Code of Practice, principle by principle.

During the second part and last day of the training that took place on 17 November 2020, discussions were based around questions posed from partner countries about the Generic Statistical Business Process Model (GSBPM) and data checking, communication on the revision of statistical tools, satisfaction surveys and quality management.

PROJECT C2.4_53 Study visit to observe best practices on the organisation of Business registers in an EU country

Activity type
Online study visit (host: Statistics Lithuania)
Title
Study visit on the development and management of statistical business registers
Participants
There were 38 registered participants from Armenia (10), Azerbaijan (2), Belarus (5), Georgia (7), Moldova (9) and Ukraine (5). Participants were staff from the Business Registers units of partner NSIs.
LocationOnline
Timing
6-7 May 2021
Activity codeC2.4_53

This study visit was built on the results achieved through the first regional training course on the EU business registers regulation and recommendations manual, which took place on 28-31 January 2020 in Vilnius, Lithuania (C2.4_08). This study visit endowed participants with a hands-on experience of the practice in one EU Member State institution regarding the development and management of a statistical business register. It was agreed during the initial training course that this study visit should address the following issues: main features of the systems, tools and procedures required for the management of the SBR, quality management and measurement applied to the SBR, metadata and documentation of processes, relations with data sources, survey respondents and SBR users, development and management of a specific register survey, and features of the SBR software.

Participants showed great interest in the study visit and the topics in the agenda. Discussions were active and participants raised many questions. The main challenge faced by all NSIs of STEP countries is the limited access to administrative data due to lack of shared data between public institutions.

PROJECT C2.1_42 Virtual group on R

Activity type
Online virtual group
Title
Virtual group on strengthening the use of the statistical software package R
Participants
There were 22 registered participants from Armenia (4), Azerbaijan (3), Belarus (5), Georgia (4), Moldova (4) and Ukraine (2). Participants were staff from various parts of the NSIs (both subject-matter statistics and support units such as IT).
LocationOnline
TimingKick-off: 18 February 2021
Training: 22, 24-26 February and 1 March 2021
Follow-up sessions: 25 March, 15 April and 6 May 2021
Activity codeC2.1_42

The activity was set up as an e-learning course. Participants were given access to Statistics Iceland’s online learning hub Eloomi with video lectures, self-assessment tests, reading material as well as a chat function. The participants studied the online material in the morning with an open session during the afternoons of the course where the course instructors were available to the students, using an open Zoom call with all the students and the interpreters.

In addition, three follow-up sessions were also conducted, which were similar to the open sessions. The main objective of the follow-up sessions was for the students to bring concrete examples or problems they had been working on after the course ended. Then, during the session, they could get help and feedback from the instructors and/or their colleagues in the group.

STEs assessed the work done on the e-learning platform and concluded that the work was carried out well and without any major difficulties or problems from participants. The course contributed to supporting the further use of R within the statistical systems of the partner countries. This is particularly important as R is an open source software which can be used for solving different problems and, with the addition of the GSBPM, the solutions can be made generic over a host of differing statistical outputs within, or between, statistical systems.

PROJECT C2.1_38 Calculation of labour cost index

Activity type
Online training course
Title
Virtual training course on the calculation of labour cost index
Participants
There were 27 registered participants from Armenia (5), Azerbaijan (5) Belarus (2), Georgia (5), Moldova (5), and Ukraine (5). All participants came from the NSIs; they were mainly managers and senior specialists working under Social Statistics Divisions, especially in the field of Labour Statistics.
LocationOnline
Timing
20-23 April 2021
Activity codeC2.1_38
LCI is one of the Principal European Economic Indicators (PEEI), a set of short-term statistics produced by Eurostat aggregating national data, and providing general economic information on European countries. Although there are heterogeneous data among partner countries (regarding for example the kind of data source, the frequency of data collection etc.) and different practices in compiling labour cost statistics, it has been considered necessary to train the NSIs’ staff in the calculation of the LCI, including seasonal and working-day adjustment. Moreover, best practices in Europe on the use and management of administrative data for the compilation of labour cost statistics were presented by the STEs.