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Improving Official Statistics

One of the objectives of IAOS is to promote the understanding and advancement of official statistics and related subjects.

 Membership is open to persons of all countries of the world, and the activity of IAOS is based on universally agreed understanding and principles of official statistics. All members of IAOS endorse and promote universal ethical values and good practices as expressed in the ISI’s Declaration on Professional Ethics for Statisticians, as well as in the UN Fundamental Principles of Official Statistics. As IAOS members are professionally active in all continents, the Association is in a particularly good position to promote the implementation of ethical values, fundamental principles and good practices all over the world.

The IAOS has had several discussions on professional ethics at its meetings. Relevant background material includes:

  •  “Final report on the review of the profile, mission and tasks of the IAOS” prepared by the IAOS Review Committee chaired by Dr Carlo Malaguerra, discussed during the ISI Helsinki Session in 1999.
  • ISI/IAOS interventions on ethical issues‘ prepared by Stephen Penneck for the IAOS General Assembly on 23 August 2011 in Dublin, Ireland.
  •  ‘Recent developments concerning the application of the ISI Declaration on Professional Ethics’ prepared by Hallgrímur Snorrason and Dennis Trewin for the members meeting in Kiev, Ukraine on 12 September 2012.
  • Note of a meeting on statistical ethics held on Wednesday 12 September 2012 in Kiev