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01 February 2021 | Open meeting

Stats Cafe no. 28

This session of the Stats Café was jointly organized by UNESCAP and the Intersecretariat Working Group on Household Surveys.

About the session

The COVID-19 pandemic resulted in a range of impacts to statistical operations including abruptly stopping face to face data collections. Many National Statistical Office turned to telephone or web interviews to maintain time series continuity and monitor the health and socio-economic impact of the pandemic. Using alternative modes however, raises issues of time series comparability due to possible mode effects.

This Café discussed mode effect assessment methodologies, lessons learned during COVID-19 with alternative modes of data collection, the potential of a “mixed mode” approach moving forward, and elements to consider for a cost effective data collection mode that produces high quality data.

Introduction to the session

  • Ms Haoyi Chen, Coordinator, Intersecretariat Working Group on Household Surveys (ISWGHS)

Speakers

  • Noraliza Mohamad Ali, Head of Employment Unemployment Division, Malaysian Bureau of Labour Statistics, Department of Statistics Malaysia
  • Seo young Kim, Director, Statistics Korea, (Technical Advisor for UNFPA Population and Development Branch)
  • Christopher Hoy, Economist (Young Professional) in Poverty & Equity Global Practice World Bank
  • Wilma Guillen, Assistant National Statistician, Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA)

Moderator

  • Gemma Van Halderen, Director, Statistics Division, ESCAP

Moderator

Gemma Van Halderen
Gemma Van Halderen
Chief Data Officer, Data and Evaluation Group, Australian Government Department of Social Services
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Ms Gemma Van Halderen has over thirty years of experience in government statistics and more recently, as Chief Data Officer in the Australian Government Department of Social Services. From 2018-2021, she was Director of the UN ESCAP Statistics Division and worked extensively with governments, multilateral agencies and the statistical community to support developing nations across Asia and the Pacific meet their data obligations under the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and respond to the global COVID-19 pandemic.

Ms Van Halderen has been a member of the statistical profession since her undergraduate days, filling executive committee roles with her local branch of the Australian Statistical Society before expanding to the International Association for Official Statistics and becoming an elected member of the International Statistics Institute.  She was the focal point for the Association’s Young Statistician Prize from 2014-2023, and participated in World Statistics Congresses in Hong Kong, Malaysia, Brazil, Turkey and Australia.

Ms. Van Halderen holds an Honour’s degree in mathematical statistics from the Australian National University.

Introduction to the session

Haoyi Chen
Haoyi Chen
Coordinator, IS Working Group on Household Surveys, United Nations Statistics Division
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Haoyi Chen is the Coordinator of the Inter-Secretariat Working Group on Household Surveys. Before she joined the current position in September 2019, she led the programme on international migration statistics at the UN Statistics Division. She has also worked on various statistical areas including gender statistics, population censuses, civil registration and vital statistics. She holds a Ph.D degree in Statistics from the University of Florida.

Speakers

Noraliza Mohamad Ali
Noraliza Mohamad Ali
Head of Employment Unemployment Division, Malaysian Bureau of Labour Statistics, Department of Statistics Malaysia
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Seo-young Kim
Seo-young Kim
Director, Statistics Korea (Technical Advisor for UNFPA Population and Development Branch)
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Christopher Hoy
Christopher Hoy
Economist (Young Professional) in Poverty & Equity Global Practice, World Bank
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Wilma A. Guillen
Wilma A. Guillen
Assistant National Statistician and Head, Social Sector Statistics Service, Sectoral Statistics Office, Philippine Statistics Authority
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Title Speaker/Presenter PPT
Briefing about the session Haoyi Chen (ISWGHS)
Malaysia’s Labour Market Information: Accelerating Improvement Amidst COVID-19 Pandemic

Noraliza Mohamad Ali (Malaysia)

The Household Finance and Living Conditions Survey operation against Covid19: Challenges and Implications Seo young Kim (Statistics Korea/ Currently working for the UNFPA)
Mode Effects in a Mobile Phone Survey on COVID -19 in Papua New Guinea: Issues & Mitigation strategies Christopher Hoy (World Bank)
Adapting Household Survey Data Collection in Challenging Situations: The Philippine experience Wilma A Guillen (Philippines)

for more information, please contact

Statistics Division +66 2288 1234 [email protected]