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Principles and practices for a federal statistical agency

Margaret E. Martin, Miron L. Straf, and Constance F. Citro, editors ; Committee on National Statistics, Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education, National Research Council

National Academy Press, c2005

3rd ed

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Includes bibliographical references (p. 49-57)

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Description and Table of Contents


Since 1992, the Committee on National Statistics (CNSTAT) has produced a book on principles and practices for a federal statistical agency, updating the document every 4 years to provide a current edition to newly appointed cabinet secretaries at the beginning of each presidential administration. This third edition presents and comments on three basic principles that statistical agencies must embody in order to carry out their mission fully: (1) They must produce objective data that are relevant to policy issues, (2) they must achieve and maintain credibility among data users, and (3) they must achieve and maintain trust among data providers. The book also discusses 11 important practices that are means for statistical agencies to live up to the four principles. These practices include a commitment to quality and professional practice and an active program of methodological and substantive research.

Table of Contents

  • 1 Front Matter
  • 2 Part I: Principles and Practices for a Federal Statistical Agency
  • 3 Part II: Commentary
  • 4 References
  • 5 APPENDIX A: Fundamental Principles of Official Statistics of the United Nations Statistical Commission
  • 6 APPENDIX B: Relevant Legislation and Guidelines Adopted Since 2001
  • 7 APPENDIX C: Selected Federal Statistical World Wide Web Sites, January 2005

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