National Statistics Offices (NSOs) are continually seeking to develop their skills and protocols to adapt to the changing world of data, and increase the availability of timely, inclusive, and accountable data. With new methods for data collection and analysis, including AI and big data, and new data sources such as satellite imagery and social media, NSOs have an opportunity to innovate through “experimental statistics”.  

While there are no global standards yet, to make the most of these innovations and recognize "experimental statistics" as part of statistical production, the development of national protocols is essential.

The Global Partnership has been working with Paraguay to develop the necessary skills and support the process of establishing its experimental statistics protocol since 2023, including facilitating international exchanges between NSOs to review the protocols, the first in October 2023 with the UK, the second with Colombia.  

Quotes from the event partners

The Global Partnership initiative to promote exchanges on how to conduct experimental statistics worldwide is a strategic opportunity for Paraguay to continue positioning itself regarding innovative methodologies for statistical production.

Ivan Ojeda – Director General, National Institute of Statistics Paraguay (INE) 

In order to provide new tools for decision-making, at DANE, we believe it is essential to standardize experimental methodologies to include these as of official statistics. We ensure that standardization does not conflict with the inherent innovation of experimental approaches.

The collaboration between Colombia's DANE and Paraguay's INE is a tangible example of tools like South-South Cooperation, which has gained momentum in recent years, to the point of becoming one of the priorities on international agendas. This is great news for our countries.

Andrea Ramírez – Deputy Director, National Administrative Department of Statistics of Colombia (DANE)