The course comprises five lessons. Each lesson comprises 40 slides and their explanations. The first lesson introduces fundamental key words prerequisite to understanding official statistics including definition and rationale. Lesson 2 provides the overview of organizations for production, dissemination and coordination of official statistics. Lesson 3 introduces quality and communication of official statistics. Lesson 4 outlines statistical methodologies whose standards, guidelines or manuals are compiled internationally. The last lesson
picks up some examples of official statistics which are used for compilation of SDG indicators.
Target participants are early-career staff of statistical offices and users of official statistics with an interest in how they are produced. Neither formal education in statistical theory nor experience in a statistical office is a prerequisite for the course, though prior knowledge of statistical methods will aid understanding.
By the end of the course, participants will be expected to:
- understand fundamental knowledge on official statistics
- understand how to compile and monitor Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) indicators from official statistics