Strategy of Statistics Estonia 2015–2020

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The main task of Statistics Estonia is to provide reliable and objective information about Estonia.

Statistics Estonia has been established for the production of official statistics. Official statistics are public information that complies with specific principles and quality criteria. These have been agreed by the United Nations Economic Commission for Europeb and in the Treaty on European Union (Article 338)c. The principles and criteria are defined in detail in the European Statistics Code of Practicede. Compliance with the Code of Practice is assessed by independent experts. Estonia underwent a peer review in 2006 and will be reviewed again in 2015.

Reliability means that the official statistics produced by Statistics Estonia reflect the real situation as accurately, truthfully and consistently as possible, and that the data sources and statistics production methods are chosen on the basis of scientific criteria.

Objectivity means that the statistics are produced in a systematic and impartial manner, which requires adherence to professional and ethics standards and the transparency of all activities for users and respondents.

The mission statement highlights two of the six quality criteria of official statistics (impartiality, reliability, objectivity, professional independence, cost-efficiency and statistical confidentiality), but these two cover the rest as well. For example, it is not possible to be reliable without impartiality and equal treatment of users; or to choose production methods without professional independence; or to assume that respondents would trust Statistics Estonia with their data when we do not adhere to statistical confidentiality.

Statistics Estonia provides information about Estonia. Since Statistics Estonia is a part of the European Statistical System (ESS), we are also responsible for the provision of official statistics about Estonia on the international level. The ESS is a partnership uniting Eurostat and the national statistical institutes of the European Union (EU) Member States. As a rule, Eurostat does not produce statistics. Instead, it consolidates the data received from Member States. The partnership ensures that the statistics produced in the ESS are comparable over time and space. The statistics produced by Statistics Estonia are submitted not only to the EU but also to many international organisations, such as the UN, OECD, etc.

Statistics Estonia also disseminates European statistics to users in Estonia, relying on its expertise and knowhow.


Official statistics are the primary source of reliable information.

Given that the amount of available information is growing exponentially, it is more and more important to provide information that is reliable and can be trusted without having to check its quality. Many people who need to make decisions and substantiate their decisions have a critical need for reliable statistics. Statistics Estonia’s potential is to satisfy this public need.


Informed decisions!

Informed decisions require high-quality numerical data, which are provided by Statistics Estonia.

Statistics Estonia uses the slogan to promote its products and services. The slogan is also used in promotional materials.

Core values

The implementation of Statistics Estonia’s mission and vision is based on three core values which underlie our decision-making and communication with stakeholders. These core values are:

  • Reliability
  • Cooperation
  • Innovation


At Statistics Estonia, reliability means that

  • the statistics produced by us are based on a scientifically sound and internationally recognised methodology;
  • we explain which methodology is used and what the published statistics say;
  • the statistics produced by us are equally available to all users;
  • we are impartial and independent in our work;
  • our activities are ethical and transparent;
  • the data entrusted to us are securely protected;
  • our employees are motivated specialists in their field.


At Statistics Estonia, cooperation means that

  • we are open and straightforward in communication;
  • we anticipate users’ needs and react fast;
  • we use the feedback from respondents as input in our work;
  • we take part in national and international statistical cooperation;
  • the cooperation of our employees is a key prerequisite for achieving our shared goals;
  • we keep our promises.


At Statistics Estonia, innovation means that

  • our employees’ opinions and initiative drive the development of Statistics Estonia;
  • we use state-of-the-art technologies in the development, production and dissemination of statistics;
  • we implement an integrated production model based on a data warehouse;
  • we introduce new ways of presenting statistics and new dissemination channels;
  • we are committed to quality and efficiency in every function.

Strategy map

Strategy map

Objective 1. Produce relevant and understandable statistics

Achievement indicators

  • Use of official statistics in decision-making, %
  • Customer needs are taken into account
  • SE’s reliability
  • Assessments by international missions
  • Media mentions
  • Sessions in Statistical Database , year-on-year growth, %
  • Deviations from the release calendar
  • Number of EU regulations not fully implemented
  • Estimated cost of actions that SE was unable to perform, share in SE’s budget, %
  • Fulfilled orders, share in budget, %

Objective 2. Measure changes faster

Achievement indicators

  • Timeliness of data
  • Speed of response to requests and orders for information
  • Share of actions that meet timeliness targets , %
  • Average time spent on a statistical action (main statistics)
  • Share of register variables  received from databases and registers, %
  • Perceived burden (estimate)

Measure 1. Know customer needs

Achievement indicators

  • Number of improvement seminars held for changing statistical actions (within SE)
  • Proposals made by customers
  • Number of meetings held for identifying customer needs (e.g. focus group)

Measure 2. Implement innovative methods

Achievement indicators

  • Time spent on development projects, h
  • Share of preparation time in total time of main process, %

Measure 3. Develop products and services

Achievement indicators

  • New statistical actions
  • Cost of new statistical actions, thousand euros
  • Improved statistical actions
  • Income from fulfilling orders, euros

Measure 4. Present products and services

Achievement indicators

  • Participants in customer trainings
  • Customer trainings
  • Meetings presenting products and services (excl. customer trainings)
  • Participants in meetings presenting products and services (excl. customer trainings)

Measure 5. Implement an efficient planning system

Achievement indicators

  • Share of orders fulfilled on time, %
  • Share of orders for information fulfilled within two working days, %

Measure 6. Describe statistical actions in the metadata system

Achievement indicators

  • Share of statistical actions with register variables, %
  • Share of statistical actions with cube variables, %

Measure 7. Standardise processes

Achievement indicators

  • Share of sub-processes with detailed descriptions, %
  • Share of statistical actions with published quality indicators , %

Measure 8. Introduce a new production system

Achievement indicators

  • Share of statistical actions transferred into new data collection software, %
  • Share of statistical actions transferred into new data processing software (excl. statistical actions on macroeconomics), %
  • Share of statistical actions transferred into new data analysis software (excl. statistical actions on macroeconomics), %

Measure 9. Create statistical data warehouse

Achievement indicators

  • Share of statistical actions stored in data warehouse

Measure 10. Decrease the perceived burden of responents

Achievement indicators

  • Burden of respondents (number of data objects x number of register variables)
  • Share of respondents to online survey , %
  • Share of respondents to telephone survey , %
  • Time spent on filling questionnaires, h; change over previous year, %

Measure 11. Motivated and competent employees

Achievement indicators

  • Employee satisfaction index

Measure 12. Develop information systems

Achievement indicators

  • Share of investments in budget, %
  • Share of investments in budget without PHC and REGREL, %
  • Internal customers’ satisfaction with new applications
  • Share of development projects completed by deadline, %
  • The availability of applications and IT infrastructure meets the agreed service levels
  • The availability, integrity and confidentiality of SE’s information systems meet ISKE requirements

Measure 13. More effective management

Achievement indicators

  • Share of employees who have an agreement for flexible working time, %
  • Share of employees  whose basic wages are at least 100% of the median wages for similar occupations in Tallinn and Harju county, %
  • Share of employees based in Tartu and elsewhere in Estoniaa whose basic wages are at least 100% of the median wages for similar occupations in Tartu and elsewhere in Estonia, %
  • Labour turnover, %
  • Assessment of management quality at SE
  • User satisfaction with management reporting
  • SE does not exceed the limit for operating expenses (excl. justified expenditure on new items)
  • Public procurement carried out electronically at SE, %
  • Level of public procurement contestation is lower than average state level of contestation
  • Annual real estate costs per full-time employee, euros
  • Rented area per full-time employee (m2)
  • Annual energy consumption per full-time employee (kwh/year)

a The mission statement is a statement of the purpose of the organisation and its reason for existing.

b Fundamental principles of official statistics in the region of the UN Economic Commission for Europe  

c Treaty on European Union (Article 338, ex Article 285 TEC)

d European Statistics Code of Practice   

e See Annex 3 for a detailed description of the links between the European Statistics Code of Practice and the objectives and measures of this strategy.

f The vision statement identifies what the organisation wants to achieve in the future.