Special Data Dissemination Standard
|The Data: Coverage, Periodicity, and Timeliness|
5.1.1 Statistical presentation
Data are disseminated on the basis of an annually chain linked Laspeyres type index (2010 = 100) (Prior to June 1992 the monthly CPI, which was introduced in January 1991, used the Paasche formula).
4.1.2 TimelinessThe target date for release is 6th working day after the end of the reference month.
|Access by the Public|
|Advance dissemination of
5.1.3 Advance release calendar
The following advance release calendars are disseminated on the homepage:
|Simultaneous release to all
5.1.4 Simultaneous releaseThe data are released simultaneously to all interested parties by issuing a press release at 13.00 local time. At the same time the data are also sent to subscribers by e-mail. The data set is subsequently posted on the CSB website.
|Dissemination of terms and
conditions under which
official statistics are
produced, including those
relating to the confidentiality
of individually identifiable
0.1.1 Responsibility for collecting, processing, and disseminating statistics
Central Statistical Bureau of LatviaAll statistics collected and published by the CSB are governed by the Law on State Statistics adopted on November 6, 1997.
The CSB disseminates the data it compiles as a service to the public.
0.1.2 Data sharing and coordination among data producing agencies
Central Statistical Bureau of LatviaThe CSB performs co-ordination of the whole flow of statistical information at the national level, as well as the mutual harmonization of the statistical indicators to be included in State registers and other information systems according to the Law on State Statistics. Mutual agreements on exchange of statistical information are signed between the CSB and other statistical data producing agencies, like Central Bank, Financial and Capital Market Commission, Ministry of Agriculture, etc. The CSB has signed also bilateral agreements with the state bodies, which maintain the most important administrative registers and information systems, like Tax Register, Population Register, etc. These agreements are updated on regular basis.
0.1.3 Confidentiality of individual reporters' data
Central Statistical Bureau of LatviaThe Law on State Statistics provides that the CSB cannot publish, or otherwise make available to any individual or organization, statistics that would enable the identification of data for any individual person or entity.
0.1.4 Ensuring statistical reporting
Central Statistical Bureau of LatviaAccording to the Law on State Statistics (Article 10) a respondent has a duty to prepare and submit within the specified time and in full amount, upon the request of the Central Statistical Bureau or other State authority producing official statistics, individual statistical data regarding the phenomena and processes characterizing economic, demographic and social activities of the respondent, as well as regarding the state of the environment and the utilization of natural resources, in order to ensure the preparation of the information specified in the National Program of Statistical Information, laws and Cabinet regulations and directly applicable legislative acts of the European Union. The submission of information required for official statistical observations shall be considered a mandatory duty, which shall be performed free of charge.
0.2.1 Staff, facilities, computing resources, and financing
The CSB is an institution of executive power of the Republic of Latvia, financed from the State Budget. Statistics of Latvia has headquarters and four regional data collection and processing units. Activities foreseen in the work program of the official statistics correspond to the financial resources. In the cases of additional tasks to be performed, additional funding is required.
0.2.2 Ensuring efficient use of resources
Central Statistical Bureau of LatviaAn improved financial and accounting system has been introduced to provide for a more efficient distribution of financial resources among the statistical projects and to increase work efficiency. It is an obligation to each staff member to register a working time spent for particular statistical product. The reports are submitted to the supervisor of the upper next hierarchy level (Head of Section, Director of Department, President) for approval.
The CSB actively reviews possibilities for increased use of administrative data as a means of reducing respondent burden.
The assessment of staff performance and competence is conducted annually in discussions with individual staff members (personal appraisal discussions). That can lead to redistribution of tasks to ensure more efficient use of human resources.
Price index: Consumer pricesAll macroeconomic and prices statistics use consistent methodologies and classifications as specified by Eurostat and source data are generally consistent with those requirements, leading to efficiencies in data handling.
0.3.1 Monitoring user requirements
Central Statistical Bureau of Latvia
The latest user satisfaction survey has been carried out in May 2007. Special, ad hoc workshops with main data user groups (ministries, financial institutions, media, educational and scientific organizations) have been regularly organized by CSB.
0.4.1 Quality policy
Central Statistical Bureau of LatviaCSB has elaborated the Quality guidelines, which is an informative document describing the CSB and the main aspects of its activity: processes, methods and organizational principles of producing the national statistics, policy of data protection and dissemination. The objective of these Guidelines is to promote the implementation of the CSB's operational strategy by involving in this process every employee of the CSB, developing the communication with society and extending the knowledge of every interested person - respondent, data user and all society - about the activity of CSB.
0.4.2 Quality monitoring
Central Statistical Bureau of LatviaThe CSB prepares Quality Reports on selected statistical domains in accordance with the EU requirements. Quality Reports provide internal and external data users with detailed information on the quality of the data compiled and describe processing stages of statistical products.
The CSB was a subject to a European Statistical System' peer review in March 2007, establishing compliance with the Eurostat Code of Practice in enhancing the integrity, independence and accountability of its statistical authorities.
0.4.3 Quality planning
Central Statistical Bureau of LatviaThe CSB of Latvia has established a quality framework based on Operational Strategy of the CSB, mid-term Strategic Goals in Quality in Statistics and Action Plan of implementation of strategic goals in quality in statistics. Monitoring of Action Plan is performed monthly.
The CSB in its actions takes into consideration the European Statistics Code of Practice, the Fundamental Principles of Official Statistics of United Nations and ESS Quality Declaration as well as other related legal acts.
1.1.1 Impartiality of statistics
Central Statistical Bureau of LatviaThe Law on State Statistics guarantees that statistical analysis shall be objective and independent from any political party or trend, and that State authorities shall under no circumstances be allowed to influence the decisions of statistical agencies based on the provided statistical information.
1.1.2 Selection of sources, methodology, and modes of dissemination
Central Statistical Bureau of LatviaThe selection of sources, methodology and modes of dissemination of CSB statistics are decided by CSB alone. Decisions on data dissemination are guided by international guidelines, such as the IMF's SDDS and the regulations of the European Union. CSB publishes the yearly dissemination calendar of releases already at the end of December with exact dates for the next year. By the advance notification of publication dates equal treatment of consumers is ensured, providing them with a simultaneous access to official statistics.
Price index: Consumer prices
Price index: Consumer prices
Selection of sources and methodology is based on the EU Regulations for the Harmonized Index of Consumer Prices as well as on the recommendations and guidelines of international organizations, e.g. "Consumer price Index manual: theory and practices" released by International Labor Organization.
1.1.3 Commenting on erroneous interpretation and misuse of statistics
Central Statistical Bureau of LatviaThe CSB monitors media coverage of its statistics, publications, and activities on a daily basis. If erroneous interpretation or misuse of statistics is detected, contact is established to explain the issue or to initiate corrective actions.
1.2.1 Disclosure of terms and conditions for statistical collection, processing, and dissemination
Central Statistical Bureau of LatviaThe Law on State Statistics is published in Latvian in the official government newspaper. The public may obtain a copy of the Law, and an unofficial translation into English, from the Information Center of the CSB and is also available at http://www.csb.gov.lv/en/dokumenti/law-statistics-30855.html.
1.3.1 Guidelines for staff behavior
Central Statistical Bureau of LatviaA revised edition of the Code of Ethics is issued in 2012 and provides guidelines for staff behavior. It takes into account European Statistics Code of Practice when determining the ethical standards. Besides, the State Civil Service Law specifies an oath to be taken by all civil servants and outlines basic duties for civil servants and contains rules of staff conduct.
|Identification of internal
government access to data
1.2.2 Internal governmental access to statistics prior to release
No officials outside the CSB have access to the data before their release to the public.
|Identification of ministerial
commentary on the occasion
of statistical releases
1.2.3 Attribution of statistical products
Central Statistical Bureau of LatviaNo ministerial commentary is attached to the release of the data.
|Provision of information
about revision and advance
notice of major changes in
4.3.1 Revision scheduleThe data are final when first released and are not subject to revision.
4.3.2 Identification of preliminary and/or revised dataThe official CPI is not normally revised once published.
1.2.4 Advance notice of major changes in methodology, source data, and statistical techniques.
Central Statistical Bureau of LatviaMajor changes in methodology are announced in the relevant publications at the time the data compiled using the revised methodology are first published.
At the same time changes are available on the Internet databases.
documentation on methodology
and sources used in preparing
5.2.1 Dissemination of documentation on concepts, scope, classifications, basis of recording, data sources, and statistical techniquesA short description of the methodology and sources used to compile the CPI is published in the Monthly Bulletin of Latvian Statistics. More detailed metadata description is available on the CSB website and databases http://www.csb.gov.lv/en/statistikas-temas/metodologija/consumer-pric
5.2.2 Disseminated level of detail
As far as confidentiality obligations are possible to fullfill, more detailed information is available on request.
|Dissemination of component
detail, reconciliations with
related data, and statistical
frameworks that support
and provide assurance of
4.2.1 Internal consistencyThe press release Report on Consumer Price Changes publishes consumer price rates of change for 12 main divisions of COICOP. The CSB website databases and the Monthly Bulletin of Latvian Statistics publish consumer price indices for 12 divisions, 34 groups and 35 classes of COICOP.
4.2.2 Temporal consistencyThe CSB Internet website http://www.csb.gov.lv/indicators and databases http://www.csb.gov.lv/database disseminates monthly and annual time series data for the period since 1998, showing the total CPI as well as sub-indices. Data presented are: index numbers, monthly rate of change, annual rate of change and annual average rate of change.
4.2.3 Intersectoral and cross-domain consistencyThe consumer price statistics are largely consistent with other price statistics, national accounts, and other statistical framework, as relevant.