In 2017, the Central Statistical Office was implementing two development cooperation projects with Moldova and Ukraine.
1. “Agricultural and forestry statistical surveys as the basis for management improvement of the state policy in the field of agriculture and forestry” – cooperation with the National Statistical Bureau of Moldova.
The project was implemented by the Agriculture Department of the Statistics Poland with the support of the Statistical Office in Bialystok. The aim of the project was to provide the Moldovan statistics with knowledge and practical skills related to statistical surveys in the field of agriculture and forestry. During the trainings, organized as part of the project, the Moldovan side not only received substantive support, but also gained practical information on organization of statistical surveys, the process of data collection and processing, making forestry estimates for the needs of national and environmental accounts, and the possibility of using modern IT and technological solutions in the farm structure survey. Possessing the systematized theoretical and practical knowledge has strengthened the potential of official statistics in Moldova, providing simultaneously adequate support for other public administration units in proper management in the agriculture and forestry areas.
A measurable effect of the cooperation was the preparation of a publication for the needs of the National Statistical Bureau of Moldova, containing recommendations and proposals of practical solutions in the mentioned areas, taking into account the specifics of the Moldovan official statistics.
Statistical surveys in the field of agriculture and forestry – recommendations (Polish version, pdf file)
Statistical surveys in the field of agriculture and forestry – recommendations (Russian version, pdf file)
2. “The use of multi-method surveys as illustrated by the example of integrated surveys on trips” – cooperation with the State Statistics Service of Ukraine.
The project was implemented by the Statistical Office in Rzeszów from the funds of the Polish development cooperation programme of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. It was addressed to the representatives of official statistics of Ukraine at both the central and regional levels, as well as universities with a statistical profile. The aim of the project was to strengthen the development of the potential of the Ukrainian state statistics through the transfer of knowledge and experience of Polish official statistics. The solutions currently applied to the Ukrainian statistical system for surveys on border areas, tourism statistics, and in particular on trips, are insufficient in the context of information needs of development policy at the national and regional levels. There is also a deficit of information regarding, among other things, the size and range as well as structure of expenses incurred by Ukrainians abroad and foreigners in Ukraine, the purpose of the visit, the extent of the impact of phenomena related to border traffic.
As part of the project, Polish statisticians, through advisory and training activities, shared their knowledge, experience and good practices in the above-mentioned scope. A coherent system of surveys on trips was presented. It provides data at the macro-level (for the needs of statistics in the field of tourism, national accounts, balance of payments), meso-level (regions and cross-border areas) and micro-level (for the needs of local government units, entrepreneurs and other institutions), and allows for monitoring of socio-economic phenomena in border areas.
The result of the project is a book published for the benefit of the State Statistics Service of Ukraine "Surveys on trips – the use of multi-method surveys. The concept of surveys on border areas of Ukraine". It will enable implementation of integrated surveys on trips to the Ukrainian statistics and will also enrich Ukraine's information and statistical system in the area of monitoring phenomena occurring in border areas. The study presents, among other things, recommendations for carrying out surveys analogous to those carried out by Polish statistics, at the borders, in the vicinity of borders, in seaports, at airports and in households. A universal system combining data from sample surveys with data from administrative registers and non-statistical sources of information (including Big Data), which offers data processing procedure equipped with innovative data generalization algorithms, can be used in conditions of controlled and free movement of goods and services, including in "conflict areas".
Strengthening of the potential of official statistics of Ukraine should translate into information support for providing relevant information and analyses, as well as for development of systems monitoring the phenomena occurring in cross-border areas, enabling proper assessment of the impact of these areas on the Ukraine’s economy. The planned long-term effect will also be the support for the local government reform and reforms carried out in Ukraine that result from the association agreement.