Title of statistical activity: Social services
Code of statistical activity: 40501
- Metadata update
- Statistical presentation
- Unit of measure
- Reference period
- Institutional mandate
- Release policy
- Frequency of dissemination
- Accessibility and clarity
- Quality management
- Accuracy and reliability
- Timeliness and punctuality
- Coherence and comparability
- Cost and burden
- Data revision
- Statistical processing
1.1. Contact organisation The name of the organisation of the contact points for the data or metadata.
1.2. Contact organisation unit An addressable subdivision of an organisation.
Population and Social Statistics Department
1.3. Contact name The name of the contact points for the data or metadata.
1.4. Contact person function The area of technical responsibility of the contact, such as "methodology", "database management" or "dissemination".
1.5. Contact mail address The postal address of the contact points for the data or metadata.
51 Tatari Str, 10134 Tallinn, Estonia
1.6. Contact email address E-mail address of the contact points for the data or metadata.
1.7. Contact phone number The telephone number of the contact points for the data or metadata.
+372 625 9367
2.1. Metadata last certified Date of the latest certification provided by the domain manager to confirm that the metadata posted are still up-to-date, even if the content has not been amended.
2.2. Metadata last update Date of last update of the content of the metadata.
3. Statistical presentation
3.1. Data description Main characteristics of the data set described in an easily understandable manner, referring to the data and indicators disseminated.
Providers of care services to adults and users of these services; providers and users of safe house service; providers and users of alternative care service; children in need of assistance
3.2. Classification system Arrangement or division of objects into groups based on characteristics which the objects have in common.
Classification of Estonian administrative units and settlements (EHAK)
3.3. Sector coverage Main economic or other sectors covered by the statistics.
3.4. Statistical concepts and definitions Statistical characteristics of statistical observations.
Social service – a non-monetary benefit which supports the ability of a person or family to cope.
General care service provided outside the home of a person is a social service organised by a local authority the objective of which is to ensure a safe environment and coping of an adult who is temporarily or permanently unable to cope independently at home due to reasons relating to state of health, operational capacity or physical and social environment.
The 24-hour special care service means 24-hour care and development of an adult together with accommodation and catering to ensure preservation and increase of independent coping of the adult receiving the service and safe living environment in the territory of the service provider.
Alternative care service – a social service organised by a local authority, the objective of which is to ensure the long- or short-term well-being and rights of a child, ensure family-like living conditions to a child for the satisfaction of the basic needs of the child, to create a secure physical and social environment promoting his or her development and to prepare the child for coping in accordance with his or her abilities as an adult. A foster family, family house and a substitute home are providers of alternative care service.
Safe house service – social service organised by a local authority, the objective of which is to ensure persons in need of assistance (children in need of assistance due to deficient care which endangers his or her life, health or development and adults who need a safe environment) temporary housing, a safe environment and basic assistance.
3.5. Statistical unit Entity for which information is sought and for which statistics are ultimately compiled.
3.6. Statistical population The total membership or population or "universe" of a defined class of people, objects or events.
Institutions that provide social services and users of these services; children in need of assistance
Social services institutions and local governments which submitted reports to the Ministry of Social Affairs.
3.7. Reference area The country or geographic area to which the measured statistical phenomenon relates.
Estonia as a whole
3.8. Time coverage The length of time for which data are available.
Welfare for adults 1985–…
Substitute care in family and substitute home 1992–…
3.9. Base period The period of time used as the base of an index number, or to which a constant series refers.
The number of providers and users of welfare service
6. Institutional mandate
6.1. Legal acts and other agreements Legal acts or other formal or informal agreements that assign responsibility as well as the authority to an agency for the collection, processing, and dissemination of statistics.
DIRECTLY APPLICABLE LEGAL ACTS
OTHER LEGAL ACTS
7.1. Confidentiality - policy Legislative measures or other formal procedures which prevent unauthorised disclosure of data that identify a person or economic entity either directly or indirectly.
The dissemination of data collected for the purpose of producing official statistics is guided by the requirements provided for in § 32, § 34, § 35, § 38 of the Official Statistics Act.
7.2. Confidentiality - data treatment Rules applied for treating the data set to ensure statistical confidentiality and prevent unauthorised disclosure.
The treatment of confidential data is regulated by the Procedure for Protection of Data Collected and Processed by Statistics Estonia: https://www.stat.ee/66485.
8.1. Release calendar The schedule of statistical release dates.
Notifications about the dissemination of statistics are published in the release calendar, which is available on the website. Every year on 1 October, the release times of the statistical database, news releases, main indicators by IMF SDDS and publications for the following year are announced in the release calendar (in the case of publications – the release month).
8.2. Release calendar access Access to the release calendar information.
8.3. User access The policy for release of the data to users, the scope of dissemination (e.g. to the public, to selected users), how users are informed that the data are being released, and whether the policy determines the dissemination of statistical data to all users.
All users have been granted equal access to official statistics: dissemination dates of official statistics are announced in advance and no user category (incl. Eurostat, state authorities and mass media) is provided access to official statistics before other users. Official statistics are first published in the statistical database. If there is also a news release, it is published simultaneously with data in the statistical database. Official statistics are available on the website at 8:00 a.m. on the date announced in the release calendar.
10. Accessibility and clarity
10.1. News release Regular or ad-hoc press releases linked to the data.
10.2. Publications Regular or ad-hoc publications in which the data are made available to the public.
10.3. Online database Information about on-line databases in which the disseminated data can be accessed.
Data are published under the subject area “Social life / Social protection” in the statistical database at http://pub.stat.ee.
10.4. Microdata access Information on whether micro-data are also disseminated.
The dissemination of data collected for the purpose of producing official statistics is guided by the requirements provided for in § 33, § 34, § 35, § 36, § 38 of the Official Statistics Act. Access to microdata and anonymisation of microdata are regulated by Statistics Estonia’s procedure for dissemination of confidential data for scientific purposes: https://www.stat.ee/dokumendid/51669.
10.5. Other References to the most important other data dissemination done.
Data serve as input for statistical activities 40509 “European system of integrated social protection statistics (ESSPROS)” and 50101 “Regional development”.
10.6. Documentation on methodology Descriptive text and references to methodological documents available.
“Sotsiaalkaitse kogukulutuste (ESSPROS) käsiraamat” (in Estonian), Statistics Estonia (2012)
ESSPROS Manual. The European System of integrated Social PROtection Statistics (ESSPROS), Eurostat (2011)
10.7. Quality documentation Documentation on procedures applied for quality management and quality assessment.
Quality report on the ESSPROS core system;
quality report on the ESSPROS net social benefits module
11.1. Quality assurance All systematic activities implemented that can be demonstrated to provide confidence that the processes will fulfil the requirements for the statistical output.
To assure the quality of processes and products, Statistics Estonia applies the EFQM Excellence Model, the European Statistics Code of Practice and the Quality Assurance Framework of the European Statistical System (ESS QAF). Statistics Estonia is also guided by the requirements in § 7. “Principles and quality criteria of producing official statistics” of the Official Statistics Act.
11.2. Quality assessment Overall assessment of data quality, based on standard quality criteria.
Only data with a high degree of consistency are published.
12.1. User needs Description of users and their respective needs with respect to the statistical data.
Ministry of Social Affairs
Ministry of Finance
Association of Estonian Cities and Municipalities
Users’ suggestions and information about taking these into account are available on the website of Statistics Estonia at https://www.stat.ee/statistikatood.
12.2. User satisfaction Measures to determine user satisfaction.
Since 1996, Statistics Estonia has conducted reputation and user satisfaction surveys.
All results are available on the website at https://www.stat.ee/user-surveys.
12.3. Completeness The extent to which all statistics that are needed are available.
Administrative data show only the statistics of public authorities.
13. Accuracy and reliability Accuracy: closeness of computations or estimates to the exact or true values that the statistics were intended to measure.
13.1. Overall accuracy Assessment of accuracy, linked to a certain data set or domain, which is summarising the various components.
The accuracy of source data is monitored by assessing the methodological soundness of data sources and the adherence to the methodological recommendations.
13.2. Sampling error That part of the difference between a population value and an estimate thereof, derived from a random sample, which is due to the fact that only a subset of the population is enumerated.
13.3. Non-sampling error Error in survey estimates which cannot be attributed to sampling fluctuations.
Administrative data show only the statistics of public authorities.
14. Timeliness and punctuality
14.1. Timeliness Length of time between data availability and the event or phenomenon they describe.
The data are published 155 days after the end of the reference year (T + 155).
14.2. Punctuality Time lag between the actual delivery of the data and the target date when it should have been delivered.
The data have been published at the time announced in the release calendar.
15. Coherence and comparability
15.1. Comparability - geographical The extent to which statistics are comparable between geographical areas.
The data for Estonia are comparable by counties and within Tallinn. In international comparison, the difference of the social protection systems of different countries should be taken into account.
15.2. Comparability - over time The extent to which statistics are comparable or reconcilable over time.
In Estonia, the main data on the providers and users of welfare services to adults have been published since 1985. The distribution of the providers and users of welfare services by county has been published for adults since 1991 and for children (currently alternative care service) since 1992. The data on safe house service have been published since 2016, when the new Social Welfare Act entered into force and the name of the service and its content changed. The data are not comparable with the data published in 1996–2015 on the shelter service, which was provided to more population groups than the current safe house service. Many changes resulting from the legislation have been made over the years in the content and names of social welfare services as well as in the population groups covered by the services. The work of social welfare institutions and data collection methodology have also been reorganised. The changes, however, have not been as substantial as to disrupt the time series of tables. For instance, the list of special care services and the target group covered by the services have expanded. Until 2016, eight types of services were provided, but in 2020, there are already twelve service types; interval care service (i.e. 24-hour service for a fixed time period, etc.) was added to the general care service.
15.3. Coherence - cross domain The extent to which statistics are reconcilable with those obtained through other data sources or statistical domains.
The cross-domain coherence can not be assessed. Social welfare data are collected by the Ministry of Social Affairs and the same data are not currently collected anywhere else in Estonia.
15.4. Coherence - internal The extent to which statistics are consistent within a given data set.
The outputs of the statistical activity are coherent.
Cost of statistical activity 1.8 thousand euros (data for 2018)
17.1. Data revision - policy Policy aimed at ensuring the transparency of disseminated data, whereby preliminary data are compiled that are later revised.
The data revision policy and notification of corrections are described in the dissemination policy of Statistics Estonia at https://www.stat.ee/dissemination-policy.
17.2. Data revision - practice Information on the data revision practice.
The published data may be revised if the methodology is modified, errors are discovered, new or better data become available.
18. Statistical processing
18.1. Source data Characteristics and components of the raw statistical data used for compiling statistical aggregates.
The following data are received from the Ministry of Social Affairs: social welfare institutions that provide social services by type of service; alternative care service in family house and substitute home; general care service provided outside home; special care services; safe house service; children in need of assistance.
DATA FROM OTHER STATISTICAL ACTIVITIES
18.2. Frequency of data collection Frequency with which the source data are collected.
18.3. Data collection Systematic process of gathering data for official statistics.
Internet-based collection and aggregation (S-Web and H-Web), partially from the social services and benefits registry STAR.
Social services institutions and local authorities compile Internet-based statistical reports for the Ministry of Social Affairs.
Statistics Estonia receives the aggregate data electronically from the Ministry of Social Affairs.
18.4. Data validation Process of monitoring the results of data compilation and ensuring the quality of statistical results.
The data are compared with the data of previous periods.
18.5. Data compilation Operations performed on data to derive new information according to a given set of rules.
The collected data are converted into statistical output. This includes calculating additional indicators.
18.6. Adjustment The set of procedures employed to modify statistical data to enable it to conform to national or international standards or to address data quality differences when compiling specific data sets.