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Statistics and Policy Making

Eurostat Conference 032011

Walter Radermacher

on 11 March 2011

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Transcript of Statistics and Policy Making

continuity with change access to data participation in design of indicators
access to microdata
modern communication tools
7 x 24
languages metadata
quality labelling
distinction between observation and model Evidence based decision making participation in design
communication with modern tools
access to micro data
quality stamp
statistics - model?
Trust, Trust, Trust Oh, people can come up with statistics to prove anything. 14% of people know that. Homer Simpson
Do not put your faith in what statistics say until you have carefully considered what they do not say.  W. W. Watt
The most important things cannot be measured. W. E. Deming
Any observed statistical regularity will tend to collapse once pressure is placed upon it for control purposes. Charles Goodhart
Statistical information can be used for trust building. It can also be misused. Statisticians are the guardians of quality. Walter Radermacher
from memory to dream statistics = necessary condition for good decision, however not sufficient good statistics cheaper than bad decisions!
better roughly wright than precisly wrong? Transparency participation of citizens
excellent communication
quality stamp
access to microdata Quality of Official Statistics three layers:
official with quality assurance
experimental official Fitness for purpose excluded:
model driven results
political conclusions
normative settings (targets)
valuation cooperation:
decision makers
researchers the truth €
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