RASt experience was discussed at the Conference of Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia countries (EECCA) in Minsk 6-7 October 2016
The EECCA Conference is part of a series of regional conferences on a Transformative Agenda for Official Statistics in support of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda and other global, regional and national development policies and initiatives. The Conference aims at taking stock of various international, regional and national initiatives that have been undertaken or planned for integrating and modernizing statistical systems, and shaping the global initiative for a Transformative Agenda to the EECCA context.
Chief Statisticians and managers from national statistical offices/committees (NSOs) from EECCA countries, Mongolia and the Russian Federation participated in the Conference along with senior representatives from the Interstate Statistical Committee of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS-Stat) and the Statistics Department of the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC).
The Conference covered the five thematic areas of the Transformative Agenda and was organized in three substantive sessions as follows:
- Measuring and communicating the value of statistics in support of the modernisation and transformation of official statistics
- Mainstreaming technological development in data collection, processing and dissemination: good practices and challenges
- Developing a collective vision for advancing the transformation of statistics at global, regional and national level
It was noted during the Conference that to meet expectations, the effective communication strategies and opportunities must be maintained and encouraged by public and private dialogue with key partners such as the policy makers, the media, the academy and researchers, the civil society, business associations and professional societies.
This idea was illustrated in the presentation of Dr. Alexey Ponomarenko (Chairman of the Russian Association of Statisticians (RASt)), who demonstrated how a non-governmental professional organization could be the effective tool for establishing partnerships among the data producers and statistical communities and for communicating the value of official statistics. It was also mentioned that specific training courses on communication in Russian language (i.e. drafting press releases, speaking to the media, statistical outreach) and communication and advocacy material could be organised and developed at regional level.
The positive role of the RASt was noted in the final communique of the Conference. reed more
The Russian Public Organization ‘Russian Association of Statisticians’ (RASt) was established at the Moscow Inaugural Congress on April 2, 2014.
RASt was registered with the Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation on August 8, 2014 (registration No. 0012011804). The relevant public association state registration information was entered into the Unified State Register of Legal Entities under the main state registration number 1147799012954 on August 13, 2014.
The RASt is a membership-based, voluntary, self-governing, non-profit association of statisticians, other individuals and legal entities (non-profit organizations), established to protect common interests of its members and to pursue its Charter goals.
RASt goals are as follows:-
- To promote the development of statistics and its applications;
- To promote statistical staff training and advanced training;
- To bring to the attention of relevant executive and legislative authorities the issues of statistics, to propose ways and means to address these issues; and
- To foster international cooperation in statistics, to develop ties with statistical communities in foreign countries, to facilitate the integration of Russian statisticians into the global academic and professional community.
Promoting development of statistics and its applications
Our partners in promoting the development of statistics and its applications are the Federal State Statistics Service, the Interstate Statistical Committee of the CIS and other national and international organizations involved in the development of statistical activities, as well as research and educational institutions, associations, media and corporations. RASt does not seek to substitute activities of the national statistical offices or research and educational institutions. RASt defines its role in developing the national statistics as the support to creative initiatives of Russian and foreign statisticians, innovative statistical projects, to raising awareness and enhancing the perception of statistical activities, the professional understanding and cooperation between statisticians. RASt undertakes the task to organize the Russian Statistics Congress in different regions of Russia annually. The Russian Statistics Congress is expected to become a forum for professional statisticians, both academics and practitioners, from various areas of statistics and to contribute to the implementation of our motto, ‘Statistics for the public.’
Promoting training in statistics
RASt stresses the particular importance of developing and implementing a modern educational standard in statistics, improving the quality of curricula, textbooks and other methodological documents. More broadly, RASt seeks to take an active part in improving the Russian public statistical literacy.
Liaising with authorities on development of statistics
RASt sees its immediate task in preparing the ‘Statistician’ professional standard adequate to the current global trends and international standards. In addition, RASt will participate, in the manner prescribed by the Russian law, in the drafting and discussing publicly of the laws and regulations related to statistical activities and statistical classifications. RASt will participate in the relevant expert groups and bodies and share its opinion in the media.
Fostering international cooperation in statistics
RASt identifies its most important task in strengthening cooperation with statisticians and professional communities of CIS member countries, the Customs Union and the Single Economic Space. RASt also seeks to develop fruitful cooperation with professional statistical communities of other countries, and with international professional organizations, first of all the International Statistical Institute (ISI). RASt is grateful for the support kindly provided by ISI and statistics associations of the USA, Japan, the UK, Poland, ‘Open Data Watch’ public organization, in preparing for and holding of its Inaugural Congress.