Outlook Report

The 'Power from Statistics' initiative, jointly organised by Eurostat and the European Political Strategy Centre, aims to determine which topics will be relevant to decision makers and citizens in the future and how official statistics could best deliver this information.

As a first stage, five individual thematic Round Table events were held. Gathering expert participants from various stakeholder groups, they covered trends in migration, globalisation, new economic and business models, sustainable development and science, and statistics and society.

The Round Table participants wrote altogether 28 articles. They contain their personal reflections and ideas on the future of European statistics.  Together, the articles form the ‘Power from Statistics Outlook Report’.


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Keeping up with the trends in migration

View  Perspectives for model-based official migration statistics
Jakub Bijak, University of Southampton
View Managing the migration crisis:
How statistics can help

Rita Di Prospero and Luca Pappalardo, Directorate-General for Migration and Home Affairs (European Commission)
View Statistics on international migrants:
Data quality issues for descriptive characteristics especially when using administrative registrations

Eivind Hoffmann, International consultant.
View International standards for measuring international migration:
Definitions, concepts, and terminology

Jason Schachter, Net International Migration Branch, United States Census Bureau.
View Reason for migration statistics and policy research
Madeleine Sumption, University of Oxford’s Centre on Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS)
View Statistics on the duration of migration:
Evaluations of data availability and quality

Filip Tanay, Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion (European Commission)
Madeleine Sumption, University of Oxford’s Centre on Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS)
Laurent Aujean, Directorate-General for Migration and Home Affairs (European Commission)


Delivering sustainable evidence for sustainable development


Sustainable indicators for a resource conscious Europe
Arno Behrens, Centre for European Policies Studies (CEPS)

View Measuring resilience in the context of sustainable development 
Franco Conzato, Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development (European Commission)
View Data and sustainable finance:
How data disclosure could redirect investment towards the economy of tomorrow
Saïd El Khadraoui, European Political Strategy Centre (European Commission)
View What can foresight do for sustainability indicators and statistics?
Nikos Kastrinos, Directorate-General for Research and Innovation (European Commission)
View Embedded environmental data in resource flows
Richard King, Felix Preston and Rob Bailey, Chatham House

Data for action; data & dissemination; data and decisions
Alexandra Silfverstolpe, Data Act Lab


Statistics in the digital era 

View  Uncertainty and graphicacy:
How should statisticians, journalists, and designers reveal uncertainty in graphics for public consumption?

Alberto Cairo, University of Miami
View Stakeholders involvement in the statistical value chain:
Bridging the gap between citizens and official statistics
Corine Eyraud, Aix Marseille University, CNRS, LEST, Aix-en-Provence;
Maison Française d’Oxford
View The future role of official statistics
Walter J. Radermacher, Sapienza University of Rome
View New trends in communication: Branding and content marketing
Sibylle von Oppeln-Bronikowski, Susanne Hagenkort-Rieger and Maria João Santos
German Federal Statistical Office (DESTATIS)

Depicting globalisation


New data sources and the integration of existing data
Jyrki Ali-Yrkkö, Research Institute of the Finnish Economy


Perspectives on the future of globalisation:
How can official statistics keep up with changing global value chains?

Ricardo Borges de Castro, European Political Strategy Centre (European Commission) 
Kristel Van der Elst, The Global Foresight Group

View Beyond international trade in services
Lucian Cernat and Zornitsa Kutlina-Dimitrova, Directorate-General for Trade (European Commission)
View Globalisation and trust
William Hoffman, World Economic Forum
View Measuring the ‘new’ digital economy
Timothy J. Sturgeon, MIT Industrial Performance Center

Capturing emerging phenomena



Is digitalisation changing labour markets? And what statistics are needed to help policy makers?
Neil Kay and Werner Vanborren, Directorate-General for the Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs

The ‘grey area’ between employment and self-employment
Teemu Kautonen and Ewald Kibler, Aalto University School of Business

View Addressing gaps in data on investment
Debora Revoltella and Christoph Weiss, European Investment Bank
View Getting skills right
Vincenzo Spiezia, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
View New digital services: getting the price right
John Verrinder and Paul Konijn, Eurostat (European Commission)
View Certification of data producers
Albrecht Wirthmann, Eurostat (European Commission)

Paying for data
Albrecht Wirthmann, Eurostat (European Commission)
Angelo Meuleman, Taxistop