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Quality work

Statistics Sweden has a long tradition of working on quality issues. The overall guidelines for Statistics Sweden’s quality management are described in Statistics Sweden’s quality policy. The quality policy covers statistical output, process and organisational quality.

Statistics Sweden’s quality policy (pdf)

Statistical quality

Issues related to the quality of the statistics and how it can be improved have always been central to Statistics Sweden. Information on the quality of the statistics to the users of the statistics is reported for the quality components relevance, accuracy, timeliness and punctuality, availability and clarity as well as comparability and coherence. These quality components are described in the quality handbook.

A Handbook on Quality for Official Statistics of Sweden, version 2.2 (pdf) (in Swedish with elements in English)

In cooperation with international experts, Statistics Sweden has developed a system called ASPIRE (A System for Product Improvement, Review and Evaluation) to evaluate the accuracy in statistics. External reviewers perform evaluations for a selection of Statistics Sweden’s most important statistical products. Based on these evaluations the reviewers give recommendations to improve the accuracy in the statistics.

A manual is now available to provide guidance for new reviewers and a reference for more experienced reviewers. The manual also gives a general description of the work with ASPIRE at Statistics Sweden.

A System for Product Improvement, Review and Evaluation, ASPIRE - a manual (pdf)

The review team presents the annual results of the evaluations in a report to Statistics Sweden. The overall results are also presented in Statistics annual report.

A Tenth Application of ASPIRE for Statistics Sweden (pdf)

Process quality

Statistics Sweden produces statistics in a process-oriented manner and increasingly uses standardised operating procedures, methods and tools. These are described in an internal information and support system.

Statistics Sweden is conducting regular internal quality audits to validate and provide a basis for improvements in its operations.

Organisational quality

The framework consists of Statistics Sweden’s management process, which takes its starting point in how external requirements and requests are handled until finalised by external reporting. Planning and follow-up of operations, finances, and human resources as well as risk management ensure that the agency meets the goals and solves the task that are ultimately governed by the Directive and Appropriations instructions.

Principles and guidelines for statistics work

Statistics Sweden meets the UN Fundamental Principles for Official Statistics, and its operations are conducted in line with the International Statistical Institute’s (ISI) Declaration on Professional Ethics and the Swedish Statistical Association’s code of ethics for statisticians and statistical operations.

Statistics Sweden complies with the European Statistics Code of Practice, which is the cornerstone of the common quality framework of the European statistical system. The Code of Practice contains principles covering the institutional environment, statistical processes and statistical outputs.

European Statistics Code of Practice (pdf)

How the quality work is organised

Statistics Sweden’s managers are responsible for the quality work at each unit and department. The heads of each department are assisted by a quality coach, who works part-time to support managers and employees on quality issues. Statistics Sweden’s quality manager is in charge of evaluating the quality management system and coordinating the internal quality audits.