Throughout Europe, policymakers face the challenges of the on-going industrial revolution, which is driven by digital data, computation and automation and that affects everyone. In parallel, there is an increasing need for policies to be designed and monitored based on solid statistical evidence. In this context, The European Statistical System is focusing on delivering European statistics in line with users' requirements while building capacities to react faster to new user demands and new environments through embracing the potential of new data sources and digital technologies.
The joint Eurostat and European Political Strategy Centre (EPSC) “Power from Statistics; Data, Information and Knowledge” (PfS) initiative aims to bring together eminent representatives of different perspectives of society, to consult them on what future information needs will be for informing policy, and how these information needs could be met by the European official statistics community. In a first phase, five small, restricted, Round Table events have been held in different European cities, on the following topics: Migration, Globalisation, New economic & business models, Sustainability and Statistics, science & society.
These events have hosted participants from various societal stakeholder groups (such as industry leaders, outstanding academics, think-tank experts, national and European policymakers and official statisticians). The outcome of this “strategic brainstorming”, in the form of articles written by Round Table participants, is being compiled in an “Outlook Report”. This, in turn, is intended to form the basis for the high-level conference “Power from Statistics; Data, Information and Knowledge”. With a format inspired from “Davos”, the conference will be organised in Brussels in October 18-19, 2017. The outcome of the discussions at the high-level conference will feed into a “Guidance report”. The report will contain a number of recommendations, setting out a path for how to future-proof official statistics, with a 2030 time perspective.
They aim at guiding the provision of “official statistics of tomorrow” that will be capable of delivering evidence to the policymakers of the future.