Administrative data collected by governments and service providers in the course of their day-to-day business is an increasingly important source for the production of official statistics. There is an urgent need to strengthen the capacity of national statistical systems to leverage the use of administrative data for statistical purposes, in order to fill gaps in the data available to policy and decision-makers to monitor progress and implement the 2030 Agenda, 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 a multi-stakeholder collaborative of countries and regional and international agencies, aimed to strengthen the capacity of countries to use administrative data sources for statistical purposes.


Members of this initiative work together in a coherent and cross-cutting manner to address both urgent and longer-term needs around the access and use 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, and contributes to raise 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.


Resources are developed collaboratively by partners, with a focus on peer-to-peer learning between national statistical offices.

To ensure that the guidance and training materials are readily applicable in a broad range of settings and national contexts, the collaborative includes technical experts from developed and developing countries, and draws on the expertise of UN regional and specialized agencies and other organizations and initiatives.


Contributing Partners

CEPEI - Knowledge factory for the world we deserve
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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.