Data credibility has emerged as a fresh threat in the country3 min read . Updated: 04 Jun 2019, 11:27 PM IST
- The need for adequate, quality and timely data has been well recognized
- Institutional strengthening, better coordination, quality involvement of stakeholders and a better disclosure hold the key to end this turbulence
The Indian statistical system is passing through a challenging phase and facing some serious questions on its credibility. Three important issues generating turbulence in the system relate to data quality, non availability of some important data and inappropriate delay in the release of data that has already been collected and compiled, besides the lack of transparency and communication with data users. Quality assurance of the Indian data system was historically provided by its adherence to internationally accepted data definitions, unbiased data collection mechanism, standard errors within permissible limits and data disclosures in terms of standards of data dissemination system. While at times data may have not been to the users’ specifications and scarce, data quality issues were invariably not raised.