Courrier des statistiques N3 - 2019

Issue N3 dedicates no fewer than six articles to innovation in official statistics. The arrival of scaner data will make the Consumer Price Index (CPI) methodology evolve from 2020 onwards. The Secure Data Access Centre (CASD) is also innovating in the certification of research based on confidential data. There is further innovation to develop the platform for collecting data from businesses via the internet, with an automatic generator and a questionnaire design tool, enhancing the range of services available for business surveys. Lastly, based on a shared foundation, two new European regulations on business (FRIBS) and social (IESS) statistics will have specific consequences for producers, users and cohesion between domains; this issue presents the progress this represents for INSEE, as well as for the German statistical system.

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Jean-Marc Béguin, former Director of Business Statistics, INSEE, from 2003 to 2013
Courrier des statistiques- June 2021

Birth of an Innovation in Statistical Production

Jean-Marc Béguin, former Director of Business Statistics, INSEE, from 2003 to 2013

Initially, INSEE aimed to collect the annual sectoral survey (ESA) on the Internet expecting improving its intrinsic quality and response rate. The decision on resources allocation led to merge the project with two others, and to build a common data collection platform for all businesses surveys of official statistics. A government request to simplify surveys forced INSEE to speed up the publication of ESA on the Internet. Both this requirement and the questionnaire complexity modified again the project and led to a first breakthrough innovation: the development of a questionnaire generator and the validation of the concept of active metadata. The project’s governance was also affected by the difficulty to choose a web collection platform adapted to household surveys. INSEE’s first «hackathon», at the initiative of the IT project management, resulted in a second breakthrough innovation: the development of common tools to automatically generate survey metadata according to an international standard and in an ergonomic manner. It provided building blocks for a real design workshop. This is a rare and successful example of how a project can be transformed and adapted to its environment. It also shows how an institution can reuse innovations even if they do not adopt the usual project management approach.


The article is available in French.

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