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Administrative data collected by governments and service providers day-to-day is an increasingly important source for producing official statistics. There is an urgent need to strengthen the capacity of national statistical systems to leverage the use of this administrative data for statistical purposes: to fill gaps in the data available for monitoring progress and implementing the Sustainable Development Goals; and to address to emerging challenges such as the COVID-19 pandemic.

Responding to this challenge, the United Nations Statistics Division and the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data have jointly convened the Administrative Data Collaborative: a multi-stakeholder collaborative of countries and regional and international agencies, aiming to strengthen the capacity of countries to use administrative data sources for statistical purposes.

The collaborative addresses both urgent and longer-term needs around the access and use of administrative data for statistical purposes, building on advances made in various sectors and by different partners. The collaborative is a platform to share resources, tools, best practices, and experiences. It aims to contribute to raising awareness among all members of national statistical systems about the benefits of sharing and combining administrative sources to enhance the quality, timeliness, coverage, and level of disaggregation of statistical data.

Members and structure

The collaborative has members from over twenty National Statistical Offices (NSO), and twenty regional bodies, international agencies and non-governmental organizations. Membership is open to other actors, particularly to countries who want to increase and improve their use of administrative data for statistical purposes. While the main representatives from countries are from NSOs, they are encouraged to, as much as possible, also involve and engage the owners of the administrative data in their countries.

The collaborative is split into three task teams:

Task team 1: Institutional framework, coordination and partnerships – co-led by Chile, Denmark and Palestine.

Task team 2: Data management and standardization – co-led by Namibia and Norway.  

Task team 3: Technical interoperability and linking – co-led by Ecuador and Uruguay.  

Resources and events

Resources are developed collaboratively by partners, with a focus on peer-to-peer learning between national statistical offices, and a focus on developing guidance and training materials for a broad range of settings. The collaborative includes technical experts across the globe and draws on the expertise of UN regional and specialized agencies and other organizations and initiatives. Check out our inventory of resources and watch past events below:

UN WDF side event- Uncovering Opportunity in Unusual Places: How countries are helping each other leverage administrative data for the SDGs. This session highlights concrete strategies, actions, and partnerships that countries have developed to leverage administrative records to respond to COVID-19. It will feature examples from three countries (Africa, Asia, and LAC).

Using administrative data to help inform COVID-19 response: Examples of increased collaboration between administrative data owners and statistics offices  This webinar shares examples on how collaboration and coordination between administrative data owners (for example, government agencies who manage tax information, birth and death registration, etc.) and national statistical offices has improved in the context of COVID-19 and/or has increased use of administrative data to help ensure more informed decision making.


Contributing Partners

CEPEI - Knowledge factory for the world we deserve
Non-governmental organization
CEPEI aims to increase regional dialogue and information sharing, provide policy solutions, and insights on critical strategic areas so as to optimize the engagement in: governance, finance, and data for sustainable development.