29th Annual Morris Hansen Lecture "Working with Non-Probability Samples: Assessing and Remediating Bias", March 1, 2022, 3:30 – 5:30 pm EST

29th Annual Morris Hansen Lecture

Date: Tuesday, March 1, 2022

Time: 3:30 – 5:30 pm EST

Format: Webcast

Please register on-line HERE

Working with Non-Probability Samples: Assessing and Remediating Bias

Exploring the Assumption That Online Opt-in Respondents Are Answering in Good Faith
Courtney Kennedy

Exchangeability Assumption in Propensity-Score Based Adjustment Methods for Population Mean Estimation Using Non-Probability Samples
Yan Li

Reducing the Bias of Non-Probability Sample Estimators through Inverse Probability Weighting with an Application to Statistics Canada’s Crowdsourcing Data
Jean-François Beaumont


  • Courtney Kennedy, Director of Survey Research, Pew Research Center
  • Yan Li, Professor, Joint Program in Survey Methodology and Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, University of Maryland, College Park
  • Jean-Francois Beaumont, Senior Statistical Advisor, Statistics Canada

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UN Statistical Commission 2022: Side Event “Ethics, trust, governance and use of data: Enhancing Official Statistics Capacity to address these issues” - 8 February 2022

Organized by the International Association for Official Statistics

Date: Tuesday, February 8, 2022

Time: 9:00 - 10:00 AM (New York time)

Format: Virtual

Background and Objectives:

Official statistics are, as many describe it, in the midst of a data revolution1 where data is the new oil2.

However, official statistics do not operate in isolation. Official statistics are one actor in an ecosystem of actors responding to the data needs of a complex and crowded international agenda including the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. Official statistics are also one actor in national ecosystems where competition for more timely and more relevant data is increasing at the same time as issues of trust, misuse, governance and ethics. 

Official statistics should not act alone and must engage with these other actors. We also need to be forward looking and anticipatory, not reactive. To take leadership where appropriate and stand ready to act when needed. 

The International Association for Official Statistics was founded in 1985 as an international non-government organization and a specialized section of the International Statistical Institute (ISI). It is an Association of physical and legal persons who have scientific or professional interest in the field of official statistics promoting the understanding and advancement of official statistics and related subjects, and focused on the development of effective and efficient official statistical services, particularly in developing countries. 

The Association has focused in recent years on ethics, trust, governance and misuse of data and is considering the creation of a small reflection group to give more prominence and focus to these issues. The group may, for instance, map issues related to data misuse, trust, governance and ethics and set out possible responses and actions for official statistics in relation to these matters. 

This session provides an opportunity to explore issues of ethics, trust, governance and use of data and reflect on the Association’s proposal.  

In 2012, the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appointed a High Level Panel to advise on the global development agenda after the 2015 millennium development goals (MDGs).  The Panel was the first to express the need for a data revolution.

The world’s most valuable resource is no longer oil, but data | The Economist. (2017)


- Misha Belkindas, IAOS President
- Martine Durand, Retired OECD Chief Statistician, Member of the French Statistical Authority
- Jan Robert Suesser, Member of IAOS Executive Committee and Member of ISI Advisory Board on Ethics
- Walter Radermacher, Retired Director-General, Eurostat, President of Federation of European National Statistical Societies, Chair of ISI Advisory Board on Ethics
- Gemma Van Halderen, Member of IAOS Executive Committee and Focal Point for IAOS Young Statisticians Prize

For more information about the side event, please visit the United Nations Statistical Commission website. To register click HERE

UN Statistical Commission 2022: Side Event "Statistical Leadership - the Role of National Statistical Institutes" - 14 February 2022

Convened by the International Statistical Institute (ISI)

Date: Monday, February 14, 2022

Time: 9:00 – 11:00 AM (New York time)

Format: Virtual

Background and Objectives:

The International Statistical Institute (ISI) will be holding a virtual side event entitled ‘Statistical Leadership – the Role of National Statistical Institutes’ at the occasion of the 53rd Session of the United Nations Statistical Commission. The panel of leading Official Statisticians will invite questions and lead the debate on the role of National Statistical Institutes in demonstrating leadership:

• nationally – within government and among the general public, and

• internationally – with international agencies.

The debate will cover the role of NSIs in working with national statistical societies, and in developing the leadership skills of statisticians. Examples will be taken from the contribution NSIs have made on public debates on COVID-19, on the population census and on sustainable indicators. The debate will highlight the importance of national governance frameworks to support the leadership role of NSIs.

Moderator: Ada van Krimpen, ISI Director


• Stephen Penneck, ISI President and former Director General of the UK Office for National Statistics

• Gabriella Vukovich, ISI Vice-President and President of the Hungarian Central Statistical Office

• Anil Arora, Chief Statistician of Canada

• Prof. Ben Kiregyera, International Consultant, Uganda

For more information about the side event, please visit the United Nations Statistical Commission website. To register click HERE

Vacancy for SJIAOS Editor-in-Chief - Deadline for Submissions Extended to 30 April 2022


The current Editor-in-Chief of the Statistical Journal of the IAOS (SJIAOS), Dr. Pieter Everaers, is standing down from July 2023. We would like to acknowledge Pieter’s outstanding work in leading the Journal for the past few years.

Expressions of interest are now being invited for the position of SJIAOS Editor-in-Chief. The new appointee is expected to be in place by 1 January 2023, to allow a period of transition.

The role is unpaid and voluntary, but covers traveling expenses to attend international events such as ISI World Statistics Congresses (WSC) and IAOS Conferences, as well as some other international events. It also offers the opportunity to engage in very challenging and interesting work close to the international statistical community.

Deadline for submission of expressions of interest has been extended until 30 April 2022. See here for more information.