Statistics in Focus #1

The OECD Statistics Directorate released the “Model Survey Questionnaire on Measuring Trust in Official Statistics”. The OECD Newsletter July 2012 explains all the details (

The model describing which elements determine trust in statistics is  the following:

The questionnaire to measure trust in official statistics is split into 6 modules

3 thoughts on “Statistics in Focus #1”

  1. Dear Mr Grossenbacher

    I believe my work and the following request is somewhat related to this issue, so I leave my request as a comment here.

    My name is Katja Prevodnik and I am a PhD Student of Social Sciences Methodology at the University of Ljubljana (Slovenia).

    Based on your blog activities, I address you as one of most active experts in the field of presenting statistics to various target groups. In my PhD project, I am dealing with perceptions of simple statistical measures. As we cannot meet in person to conduct a face-to-face interview, I have prepared a very “open” online questionnaire on issues I am interested in. This short questionnaire is an important part of my research project. The results will be used to better develop and improve frameworks for analysis and interpretation of certain data to avoid misleading or incorrect conclusions. I believe that the cooperation of experts is crucial to give trustworthy and valid conclusions.

    The core questionnaire will only take about 10 minutes. Your answers will be handled with extreme confidentiality and the results will only serve for the scientific purposes. As one of the respondents of my research, you will also be notified on the results of the project (in case you wish to be, please send me an e-mail with the subject FEEDBACK).

    You can access the questionnaire at the link (just click on the link or type this into the web browser).

    If any additional information regarding your engagement is needed, please, do not hesitate to contact me directly ( or leave comments at the end of the online questionnaire (for anonymity purposes).

    Katja Prevodnik (Research Assistant at UL, Slovenia)

  2. Dear Mr Grossenbacher

    Thank you very for replying! I would love to hear also other insights into these questions. If your colleague would be willing to give me his thoughts or perhaps some clues as to which literature to seek, please, feel free to forward also my direct contact (e-mail).

    Again, thank you and all the best!

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