Statistical Methodologies


The fundamental objectives are the study of the organization and functions of the Statistical Information Systems and the main methodologies for the collection, transmission, processing, quality control and dissemination of statistical information. With regard to statistical information systems, emphasis is put on the study of aspects related to the definition of objectives, the characterization of statistical structural principles, the momentum of European statistical integration and coordination of international statistical activities. It is also given relevance to aspects related to the study of the main methodological issues associated with the development of new statistical operations, namely the definition of user requirements, identification of sources of information, clarification of statistical concepts and nomenclatures, and the inventory of the necessary resources. Furthermore, issues related to the statistical harmonization, international comparability, the creation and operation of statistical databases and statistical confidentiality are deeply discussed. Finally, the aspects related to the relationship between data sources and producers of statistics and between producers and users of statistics are also covered, as well as the impact on the statistical function of new technological solutions, including the use of the Internet.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Paula Alexandra Cara de Anjo Casimiro


Weekly - Available soon

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Teaching language

Portuguese. If there are Erasmus students, classes will be taught in English


Not applicable


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Teaching method

Classes are based on the theoretical exposure of the subjects to be discussed, supported by the use of practical examples. Whenever possible, audiovisual media and the Internet may be used. It is scheduled to hold a study visit as well as delivering presentations by invited specialists. It is expected students to perform the analysis of case studies and promotes to its participation in the discussion in class.

Evaluation method

Evaluation is based on class participation, the analysis of a case study and the completion of two written tests during the semester.

Subject matter

1. Statistical Systems

  • Analysis of user needs
  • Delimitation of competences and the coordination of activities
  • Identification of alternative solutions and feasibility analysis
2. Concepts and Statistical Nomenclature
  • Concepts and nomenclatures
  • Statistical harmonization and international comparability
  • Coordination between classifications and statistical dissemination structures
3. Data Sources
  • Type of statistical units
  • Use of business registers
  • Coordination among various statistical data sources
4. Statistical Operations
  • Means of collecting and transmitting information
  • Frequency and timeliness
  • Launch and maintenance of statistical operations
  • Statistical quality control
5. Statistical Dissemination
  • Creation and operation of statistical databases
  • Publications and statistical dissemination
  • Statistical confidentiality
  • Coordination between producers and users of statistics


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