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Integrity refers to values and related practices that maintain confidence in the eyes of users in the agency producing statistics and ultimately in the statistical product.

In SDMX, "Transparency" describes the policy on the availability of the terms and conditions under which statistics are collected, processed, and disseminated. It also describes the policy of providing advanced notice of major changes in methodology, source data, and statistical techniques; the policy on internal governmental access to statistics prior to their release; the policy on statistical products’ identification

Confidence by users is built over time. One important aspect is the trust in the objectivity of statistics. It implies that professionalism should guide policies and practices and it is supported by ethical standards and by transparency of policies and practices.

Under the SDDS, "integrity" is the third of four dimensions of the standard (i.e., data, access, integrity, and quality) for which evidence of a subscribing member's observance of the standard can be obtained.

Source Publication:
International Monetary Fund, "Data Quality Assessment Framework – DQAF – Glossary", unpublished.

Cross References:
Institutional framework
Internal access
Ministerial commentary
Quality – IMF
Revision policy
Special Data Dissemination Standard (SDDS)
Statistical Data and Metadata Exchange (SDMX)

Statistical Theme: Quality, statistical

Glossary Output Segments:

Created on Wednesday, November 6, 2002

Last updated on Wednesday, March 8, 2006