Introduction to official statistics

Subject description

Institutions and organisation of statistical systems (European statistical system. Official statistics in Slovenia. International institutions.)

Principles of official statistics:

  • Fundamental principles of official statistics.
  • Code of practice of European statistics.
  • Specifics of other countries.

Measurement in official statistics:

  • Domains of official statistics.
  • From concepts through data collection to disseminated statistical data.
  • Statistical units and statistical classifications.
  • Quality in official statistics.

Processes of statistical production.

Dissemination of official statistics (different communication channels and tools for different kinds of audience).

Other relevant issues in official statistics.

The subject is taught in programs

Objectives and competences

Course objective is to introduce students to institutional, legal and organisational aspects of official statistics in Slovenia, Europe and elsewhere; and to methodological bases of measurement in official statistics.


  • Understanding the functioning of official statistics.
  • Search, evaluation and use of metadata and ability to judge the quality of data on this basis.
  • Use of adequate statistical standards in research.

Teaching and learning methods

Lectures, seminars, assignments, presentations.

Part of the pedagogical process will be carried out with the help of ICT technologies and the opportunities they offer.

Expected study results

Students will become familiar with institutional, legal and organisational bases, and principles of functioning of official statistics. They will understand the fundamentals of measurement in official statistics. They will be able to judge implications of these bases for the functioning of official statistics and quality of data in official statistics, especially with regard to limitations that arise from measurement and processes of statistical production.

Basic sources and literature

Stay up to date

University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Electrical Engineering Tržaška cesta 25, 1000 Ljubljana

E: T:  01 4768 411