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SIMPLY2010 Ghent Conference Programme

Thursday 2 December

08:30 - 09:00 Transfer from Marriott Hotel to De Bijloke

09:00 - 09:30 Registration

09:30 - 10:00 Welcome speeches by Daan Bauwens (De Bijloke), Annie     Versonnen (Director-general a.i., Statistics Belgium) and Niko Demeester (Director of the Policy Cell of the Minister of Enterprise and Simplification)

10:00 - 10:30 Keynote speech by Walter Radermacher, director general of Eurostat

10:30 - 11:00 Coffee Break

11:00 - 13:00 Opening Session: NSI’s Practices Concerning Business Response Burden and Motivation. First Results from BLUE-ETS WP-2

  1. Introduction
    (Deirdre Giesen, Statistics Netherlands & Ger Snijkers, Statistics Netherlands / Utrecht University).
  2. Concepts and Measurement of Response Burden
    (Mojca Bavdaž, University of Ljubljana, Deirdre Giesen , Statistics Netherlands & Petra Mohorič Peternelj, Statistical Office of the Republic of Slovenia).
  3. Overview of measures used by NSI Practices to reduce response burden (Virginie Raymond-Blaess, Statistics Netherlands).
  4. Affecting Response Burden in Business Surveys using Communication Strategies
    (Deirdre Giesen, Statistics Netherlands & Ger Snijkers, Statistics Netherlands / Utrecht University).
  5. Reflections about the Impact Business Questionnaires have on the Perceived Response burden and the Survey Quality
    (Gustav Haraldsen, Statistics Norway)
  6. Discussion

13:00 - 14:00 Walking lunch

14:00 - 15:00 Session 1: Possibilities and Limits of Simplification

  1. Measuring Respondent Burden to Statistical Surveys
    (John-Mark Frost e.a., Office for National Statistics, Newport, United Kingdom)
  2. A ‘barometer of burdens’ created by German official statistics (Görja Bartsch e.a., Statistisches Bundesamt, Germany)
  3. Measuring and Reducing Statistical Burden - A Case Study from Ireland
    (Steve MacFeely, Central Statistics Office, Ireland)
  4. Use of Administrative Data - Efforts to Find Balance between Simplification for Respondents and Quality of Statistical Output
    (Daliute Kavaliauskiene, Statistics Lithuania)
  5. Ways of statistical data collection - the key element for flexible cooperation with data users
    (Aija Zigure and Ilze Skujeniece, Central Statistical Bureau of Latvia)

15:00 - 15:30 Coffee Break

15:30 - 17:00 Session 2:

Sub-session 2a: Simplification Processes

  1. Statistics Canada’s New Use of Administrative Data for Survey Replacement
    (Marie Brodeur and Daniela Ravindra, Statistics Canada)
  2. Reducing the administrative burden in official statistics - Enterprise respondents in focus
    (Hannele Orjala, Statistics Finland)
  3. Improved Availability for Respondents
    (Marie Hollertz and Maria Pettersson, Statistics Sweden)
  4. Simplifying the data input process
    (Henrik Engström and Per Andreasson, Statistics Sweden)

Sub-session 2b: Methodological and Technical Means of Simplification in Business Statistics

  1. Monthly turnover estimates for the retail trade
    (Pieter Vlag e.a., Statistics Netherlands)
  2. Methodological challenges using VAT for turnover estimates at Statistics Netherlands
    (Arnout van Delden, Statistics Netherlands)
  3. SIIGE - Integrated Information System for the Management of Establishments
    (Jorge Magalhães, Statistics Portugal)
  4. Reducing respondents burden by Czech statistical Office – technological way
    (Ivo Makalouš, Czech Statistical Office)
  5. Administrative simplification of the structural business statistics survey in Belgium
    (Olivier Goddeeris, Statistics Belgium)

17.00 - 17:30 Transfer from De Bijloke to Marriott Hotel

18:30 Reception and Dinner at the Town Hall of Ghent (on invitation only)


Friday 3 December

09:00 - 09:30 Transfer from Marriott Hotel to De Bijloke

09:30 - 10:30 Session 3: The Case of the Census

  1. A broader use of Italian population registers to reduce the burden of the most demanding survey in 2011 and beyond 2011
    (Fabio Crescenzi and Andrea Mancini, National Institute of Statistics of Italy)
  2. Pilot Census in Poland (Anna Nowicka, Central Statistical Office of Poland)
  3. E-Census: A new data collection system for the 2011 Census in Portugal
    (Anabela Delgado and Carlota Amorim, Statistics Portugal)

10:30 - 11:00 Coffee Break

11:00 - 12:15 Synthesis and discussion on Session 1 and 2

12:15 - 13:45 Walking lunch

13:45 - 15:00 Panel Discussion: A New Way of Thinking about Simplification: Using Official Statistics for Reducing the Administrative Burden Caused by Other Administrations.
Kick-off: “Cooperation of Ministries and Statistics Netherlands reduces administrative burden of local authorities”
(Elena Van Kampen, presented by J.A. Timmermans, Statistics Netherlands)
Other speakers: Roland Gnoss (Statistisches Bundesamt, Germany), Eduardo Barredo Capelot (Eurostat), Annie Versonnen (Statistics Belgium).

15:00 - 15:30 Conclusions and Outlook (Walter Radermacher and Belgian Presidency)

15:30 Visit to STAM, the new Ghent City Museum on the Bijloke site

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