Some Challenges in the Production, Analysis and Dissemination of Social Statistics in the ‘Developing World’

Some Challenges in the Production, Analysis and Dissemination of Social Statistics in the ‘Developing World’

Della Faille, Dimitri (2013) « Some Challenges in the Production, Analysis and Dissemination of Social Statistics in the ‘Developing World’ », in Proceedings of the 59th World Statistical Congress, Hong Kong, International Statistical Institute, The Hague, August 2013.

ABSTRACT:
This paper presents selected results of a sociological study of data collection, analysis and dissemination processes in the field of social statistics for development (education, health, poverty, and crime) in the so-called “developing world.” We are currently engaged in a multi-country study of these processes as they are experienced by social statisticians working for governments, international organizations, and academia. Our study reveals the complex interactions resulting from data production’s increased freedom from political interference, the increase in global scientific and ethical debates, and aspirations of scientific and methodological freedom. Our study also revealed misgivings regarding the objectives and methodology of cross-national comparisons.