The mission of the Polish official statistics is to provide plausible, reliable, independent, and high quality statistical information about the state and the ongoing changes in the society, in its economy, and in its natural environment which meet the needs of domestic and international users - Development Directions of Polish Official Statistics until 2017
Strategic and operational purposes resulting from carrying out of the above- mentioned mission create the quality policy in the official statistics.
The quality policy is based on continuous improvement of statistical processes in order to better satisfy the users’ needs, reduce respondents’ burden and to diminish the costs of statistical production.
Activities focused on quality improvements are in line with the following International and European standards:
Quality Assurance Framework QAF (in order to assist the implementation of the European Statistics Code of Practice)
The quality policy of Polish Official Statistics and the standard tools for measuring, assessing and monitoring the quality of statistical surveys are presented in the study Vademecum of Quality in official statistics.
The Vademecum is recommended to be applied by Other National Authorities (ONAs) producing European statistics in order to provide data of high quality.
The law of 29 June 1995 on Official Statistics is recognized by the CSO Poland as Polish Commitment on Confidence in Statistics.
The peer review took place in GUS from 23 to 27 February 2015.
As the result of the peer review two reports were elaborated:
- Peer Review Report on compliance with the Code of Practice and the coordination role of the national statistical institute
The document is available on both GUS and Eurostat websites, the latter also contains reports for other EU and European Economic Area member states. The report concerning Poland includes 17 recommendations aimed at improving the implementation of the principles of the European Statistics Code of Practice into the Polish statistical system.
In response to the auditors' recommendations GUS has developed an improvement action plan along with the proposed deadlines for its implementation.
According to the approved procedure Eurostat annually conducts monitoring of implementation of improvement actions following peer review in European Union member states. Progress report on the improvement actions carried out in GUS in response to recommendations is submitted to Eurostat in the form of “Improvement actions peer review-final” document.
- Peer Review Report on cooperation/level of integration within the European Statistical System