Characteristics of an effective statistical system
The objective of a national statistical system is to provide relevant, comprehensive, accurate and objective (politically untainted) statistical information. There are multiple uses for the information collected, but generally statistics are invaluable for monitoring the country's economic and social conditions, the planning and evaluation of government and private-sector programs and investments, policy debates and advocacy, and the creation and maintenance of an informed public. This paper discusses ten broad criteria for evaluating the efficiency of a national statistical system: the broad framework, including the legal one, as well as the rank and standing of the chief statistician; professional core values; non-political objectivity and the means used to ensure this; systems and approaches used to assess and meet federal priorities; systems and approaches used to assess and meet provincial (state) priorities; systems and approaches used to assess and meet other users' priorities; mechanisms for the coordination of the statistical system; balancing priorities against available resources; serving the needs of different client groups; and generating a supportive environment. (Reprinted by permission of the publisher.)
Publication Name: Canadian Public Administration
Madagascar's leaping lemurs
A visit to the Ranomafana National Park in Madagascar is described. The 130,000-acre rain forest park was established to help save some of the vast array of flora and fauna in the country. The poverty and rapidly-increasing population of the Madagascar has led to extensive forest destruction.
Publication Name: Travel & Leisure
Subject: Travel, recreation and leisure
Beyond lean and mean
The performance of finance functions within 22 investor-owned electric utilities in the US is analysed. A study shows that the utilities outperform other service industry companies in terms of finance costs as a percent of revenue.
Publication Name: Electric Perspectives
Subject: Petroleum, energy and mining industries
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