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Towards a Harmonised Methodology for Statistical Indicators – 2017 Edition

Towards a Harmonised Methodology for Statistical Indicators – 2017 Edition

Part 3 – Relevance of Indicators for Policy Making
Indicators play a prominent role in the political sphere and can improve policy making by providing examples from theory and practice

Ecologic Institute co-authored the guideline 'Relevance of indicators for policy making' which is the third and final publication in the Eurostat's series 'Towards a harmonised methodology for statistical indicators'. This guideline complements the aforementioned by taking a closer look at how indicators, which take up an increasingly prominent role in the political sphere, can improve policy making by providing examples from theory and practice. It also puts forward recommendations for researchers and experts on how create indicators that are relevant, and points out the potential stumbling blocks of using indicators to guide political processes. The guideline is available for download.

The first two publications, 'Indicator typologies and terminologies' and 'Communicating through indicators' established the different characteristics and typologies of indicators and the theoretical and practical aspects of communicating with indicators, respectively. Both were mainly focused on answering questions related to methodology.


Citation

Kotzeva, Mariana et al. (ed.) 2017: Towards a harmonised methodology for statistical indicators. Part 3 – Relevance of Indicators for Policy Making. [eurostat Statistical books 2017 edition]. Luxembourg: Publications Office of the European Union.

Language
English
Credits

Chief editor:
Mariana Kotzeva, Acting Director General, Eurostat
Executive editor:
Barbara Margarethe Kurkowiak (Eurostat, Unit E2 — Environmental statistics and accounts; sustainable development)
Editors:
Lucas Porsch, Terri Kafyeke (Ecologic Institute), Markus Hametner (WU Vienna)
Co-editors:
Nicola Massarelli, Anton Steurer (Eurostat, Unit E2 — Environmental statistics and accounts; sustainable development)

Funding
  • European Commission, Eurostat (Eurostat)
Publisher
Year
2017
ISBN
978-92-79-68872-0 (print), 978-92-79-68871-3 (pdf)
ISSN
2363-197X (print), 2315-0815 (pdf)
DOI
Dimension
46 pp.
Project ID
2579
Table of Contents

Foreword
Acknowledgements
Contents
Introduction
1. Indicators and road signs in the policy making process
Indicators as a special statistical product
Existing definitions of indicators
Opinion-based vs. evidence-based policy making
2. Why are indicators used in policy making?
Rationale for indicator use
From 'use' to 'influence' and 'impact'
Indicator development for different rationales
3. When and how are indicators used in policy making?
Concept of the policy cycle
Using indicators for agenda setting
Using indicators for policy assessment
Using indicators at different levels of policy making
4. Requirements for policy relevant indicators
Key quality criteria for policy relevant indicators
Achieving both policy relevance and scientific accuracy
Key challenges of developing and maintaining policy relevant indicators
5. Recommendations
Bibliography

Keywords
Europe, Manual, guidelines