Improving the quality and use of administrative data for agricultural statistics in developing countries

3 March 2015, UN headquarters, New York

One of the research areas of most interest to countries under the Global Strategy is the improvement of quality and use of administrative records for agriculture statistics.

This research topic was subcontracted to Iowa State University (USA) and Makerere University (Uganda) working in partnership under the supervision of the Global Office.

Activities started with a review of current literature and practices on the quality and use of administrative records as an element of a cost-effective and integrated agricultural statistics system in both developed and developing countries. Data from administrative sources can be used for direct tabulation, to reduce respondents’ burden and data collection costs, to improve estimations, and for frame construction and sampling design.

On the occasion of the 46th session of the UN Statistical Commission, the Global Strategy is organizing a side event to present the first elements of a general methodology for integrating administrative data and other sources of auxiliary information with survey data as part of an integrated national statistical system.

The side event will present findings to date and initial methodological proposals that will lead to an open discussion on the good practices and constraints faced by the countries. This event will provide an opportunity for countries interested in this research and in the forth-coming pilot test activities to get involved.