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What is Harmonisation?

Harmonisation is key in maximising the usefulness of data collected and statistics produced. Harmonisation is about ensuring commonality in the use of definitions, survey questions, administrative data and in the presentation of outputs across the Government Statistical Service (GSS).

Ensuring comparability across the GSS is important as it maximises the power of data and analyses without compromising quality.

We can support you in developing and implementing harmonised principles as well as offering a consultancy service where we can collaborate closely with you to ensure harmonisation is adhered to.

1. Establish the need

Identify:

  • stakeholders
  • user requirements
  • key issues
  • benefits of developing a principle

Draft a timetable.

2. Agree, approve and inform about the need

  • The need must be agreed by the NSHG or the business harmonisation task and finish group.
  • It must be approved by the National Statistics Harmonisation Steering Group.
  • The Statistical Policy and Standards Committee and statistical Heads of Profession must be informed.

3. Develop

  • Review the benefits for developing the principle.
  • Consult with stakeholders and users.
  • Draft a proposal for the principle.
  • Test the proposal and carry out further consultation.
  • Produce the final proposal for the principle.

4. Agree, approve and inform about the principle

  • The principle must be agreed by the NSHG or the business harmonisation task and finish group.
  • It must be approved by the National Statistics Harmonisation Steering Group.
  • The Statistical Policy and Standards Committee and statistical Heads of Profession must be informed.

5. Dissemination

  • Disseminate the information about the principle.
  • Monitor the use and implementation of the principle.

6. Review and maintain

  • Carry out a periodic review of the principle which could lead to no action, a need for revision or a withdrawal (if a revision or a withdrawal is needed the process returns to step 2).
  • Inform SPSC and the statistical Heads of Profession about the review and outcome.