The Praia Group would produce a handbook on governance statistics for national statistical offices. The handbook will be submitted to the Statistical Division of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs of the Secretariat in November 2019 and presented to the Statistical Commission in March 2020.

The handbook will focus on:

  • Institutional coordination
  • Concepts, dimensions and operational definitions
  • Statistical methodologies
  • Questionnaire design
  • Structure of and procedures relating to administrative records
  • Analysis plan
  • Dissemination

The production of the handbook will be informed by the following activities:

  • A mapping, critical assessment and synthesis of available instances of the conceptualization and measurement of governance by various countries and continents, research institutions, agencies of the United Nations system and other actors using different approaches
  • Mapping of the demand for governance statistics by various user constituencies, such as policymakers, parliamentarians, national human rights commissions, national anti-corruption commissions, national security systems, civil society organizations, research institutions, citizens and international and regional bodies concerned with governance
  • Expert consultations on the various constitutive dimensions of governance statistics and user consultations with ministries or other entities responsible for the governance agenda at the national, regional and international levels
  • Development of technical documents containing methodological and practical guidelines for improved gathering and compilation of governance statistics at all levels, covering issues of concept definition, data quality, comparability, methodology, possible sources and data compilation and dissemination mechanisms
  • Support by the Praia Group to Goal 16 of the Sustainable Development Goals