Management of Statistical Systems


The fundamental purpose is to study the multiple dimensions of management of statistical systems. This study comprises a detailed knowledge of the organization and functioning of the national statistical system and its linkage to the international statistical system, in general, and to the European statistical system, in particular; understanding the key role of the planning function and challenges to statistical projects management; and thorough knowledge of the components present in efficient management of statistical information systems and statistical dissemination; and of the fundamental principles and management measures of the quality of statistics.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Paula Alexandra Cara de Anjo Casimiro


Weekly - Available soon

Total - Available soon

Teaching language

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


Not applicable.


A bibliografia é composta por um conjunto de elementos (artigos, apresentações, extratos de livros, documentos jurídicos, links para sites da Internet relevantes para este curso), compilados pelos professores e disponibilizados nas apresentações efetuadas nas aulas, ou no Moodle. Existem também sites de particular relevância para esta unidade curricular, nomeadamente os de Organismos Internacionais relacionados com a função estatística e os sites dos bancos centrais nacionais e dos institutos nacionais de estatística. 

Teaching method

The course will be delivered through presentations. Whenever possible, teachers will take advantage of audiovisual support and of Internet examples. It is foreseen theoretical lectures for the presentation of concepts and methods that integrate the content of the course and practical lectures for the presentation and discussion of concrete cases and practical application of the concepts.

Evaluation method

The curricular unit evaluation will comprise:
 - A practical exercise to be developed during the semester and presented in class (40% of the final grade);
 - One written test, to be held in the first season of the Fall Semester exams calendar (60% of the final grade)

In order to apply the weighted average described above, the written test grade has to be 8 or higher.

Students that do not accomplish a positive grade in the combination of these components of evaluation or that wish to improve the grade attained will have the possibility to make a final exam, to be held in the second season of the Fall Semester exams calendar.

Subject matter

1. Organisation and functioning of the statistical system
 - The role of Official Statistics
 - Organisation of the Central Bank statistical function
 - Institutional cooperation in the framework of the National Statistical System
 - Organisation of the European Statistical System and, more in general, of the International Statistical System
 - New challenges towards the integrated information management
2. Statistical function planning
 - Strategic planning
 - Programming the statistical activity
 - Management of statistical projects
3. Statistical data collection management
 - Typology of data sources and selection of the most efficient
 - Using administrative data sources
 - Big data - exploring micro databases for statistical purposes
4. Statistical quality management
 - Data Quality Assessment Framework
 - Integrated quality management procedures
 - Statistical audit
5. Management of statistical production systems
 - Statistical compilation value chain: acquisition, production, exploration and dissemination
 - Development of statistical data warehouses
 - Adding business intelligence to central banks' statistical systems
6. Statistical comunication
 - How to design a communication strategy
 - Data visualisation: charts that really work
 - Content creation in a nutshell
7. Statistical expertise development
 - Training and team building
 - Career development and promotion of multidisciplinary teams
 - International exchange of experiences