Conference on Data Quality for International Organizations Session 4: Peer Review Methodologies


Conference on Data Quality for International


April 27-28, 2006, ONS, Newport, Wales, UK

Session 4: Peer Review Methodologies

Assessing Quality of Statistical Data:

The ROSC Procedure in Israel

Yoel Finkel

Central Bureau of Statistics, Israel




Method & Process

Main Findings

Immediate Benefits

Concluding Remarks


Brief overview of paper

The Statistical system in Israel



Government Agencies

Statistics Ordinance

Mandates responsibility to CBS

Ensuring data confidentiality

Sanctions for noncompliance


Assessment of macroeconomic statistics against


Assessment of data quality, based on DQAF, 2003.

These are to serve:

Internal coordination and harmonization, by using external standards.

Improvement of data quality, via recommended mechanisms.

Acceleration of development and improvement processes.

Recruitment of resources needed for generating qualitative official statistics, based on an objective and professional evaluation.


Examine definitions, processes and products, compare them against standards and evaluate them by key quality indicators.

Related activities :

Meetings with managers and specialists.

Review of documentation.

Review of the organizations’ web-sites.

Review of statistical publications.

Users’ survey to evaluate statistics quality.

Meetings with users.

Process in Israel: Preparation stage

Planning the activities and setting up the schedule;

Exposure of all agencies involved to the


Users’ survey, according to IMF’s instructions;

Joint consultation among Israeli officials involved;

Preparation of relevant documents by subject matter specialists;

Logistical preparations.

Process: The Review

Daily meetings of the reviewers with managers or specialists of the agencies involved. In addition to oral reports and discussions, websites were visited, documents and publications were checked.

Meetings with users’ groups.

Review of the DQAF.

Review of reports generated by the IMF officials.

Translation of legal and administrative documents from Hebrew to English.


Concluding Reports and Implementation

The IMF drafted two reports.

The Israeli authorities commented and wrote a response with regard to the recommendations (plans for implementation).

Gradual implementation of the recommendations.

Analysis of Methodology


Building trust among participants.

Commitment of senior management.

Participation of sectoral experts.


Interaction with users.

DQAF as a framework and an evaluation tool.

Evolving process while reviewing.

Possible improvement:

Better learning of mutual expectations.

Preparation of translation ahead of time.

In addition to macroeconomics, other statistics are to be reviewed.

Main Findings: SDDS

Israel is generally in observance of the

SDDS with regard to coverage, periodicity, timeliness and dissemination of advance release calendars.

There have been some delays in the dissemination of monetary and financial statistics.

Israel does not fully manifest the intra- and inter-agency coordination and communication.

Main Findings: ROSC Data Module

Israel’s macroeconomic statistics are of generally high quality and adequate to conduct effective surveillance.

Israel’s statistical managers are highly aware of all dimensions of data quality and are undertaking reforms to enhance data quality.

Shortcoming: Deficiencies in the timeliness, concepts and definitions, and classification of monetary statistics.

There is room to enhance source data for national accounts, producer prices, and government finance statistics.

The statistical system, especially the CBS, need adequate and sustained resources to cope with the substantial transformation of the Israeli economy.

Immediate Benefits

Improved coordination within the statistical system.

Better understanding of the needs, regarding budget and manpower, for generating statistics.

Enhanced understanding of users’ needs.

Acceleration of processes, which serve the production of additional statistics and the improvement of data quality.

Concluding Remarks

Follow up on recommendations (for example enhanced resources).

Finding the delicate balance between burden on the national statistical system and the needs for international standards, harmonization and quality improvement.

My humble suggestion: continue to improve coordination among international bodies example: Medstat review process immediately following the IMF review on similar issues.