2015 Annual Report

The Annual Report look back on the highlights of the Institute's activity over the past year. It also gives an overview of all the INSEE's activities.

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Dernière mise à jour le : 16/09/2016

Highlights of 2015

Interpreting and understanding the new French regions: INSEE’s ambition for 2015

In January 2016, the new French regions came into being. One year earlier, INSEE published its first study of one of these new regions, Aquitaine-Limousin-Poitou-Charentes. Many more publications followed, including the first to cover the entire country, France and its territories, which was published on 14 April 2015. It was as early as 2014 that INSEE looked ahead to the introduction of the new administrative landscape in France with the aim of supporting local decision-makers for a better understanding of these new territories.

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Generalising and improving online response and exchange methods

In 2015, every household surveyed for the census was given the choice between responding using the paper form or online. The online solution is certainly gaining in popularity: one in three households chose this method!

For companies, INSEE continues to develop COLTRANE, the portal that will ultimately bring together all business surveys in the official statistical system.

What lies behind these two systems? INSEE’s desire to modernise data collection methods and data processing, not only saving time, but also improving efficiency.

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INSEE at the heart of the European Statistical System

In 2015, INSEE was audited by other European statisticians. The purpose was to assess the compliance of statistical institutes with the European Statistics Code of Practice. The auditors noted our high level of compliance with the code and made a series of recommendations to standardise our quality policy, which was already considered very rigorous, to communicate better with our users, and about our regulatory framework. 2015 was also the year when Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union, began to implement its medium-term project, Vision 2020. INSEE is fully playing its part in this, especially in relation to business statistics.

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A new vision of poverty and inequalities in France

In 2015, INSEE for the first time published localised data at municipality level on disposable income and monetary poverty. This publication stemmed from a project called FiLoSoFi, put in place to meet the ever-growing need for information on these issues by local stakeholders. At the heart of FiLoSoFi is the exploitation of exhaustive administrative data sources so that analysis at municipal, supra-municipal and sub-municipal levels will eventually be possible, and also to provide a better overall knowledge of income distribution and standards of living.

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