The aim of the Network is long-term co-operation on education and research in survey statistics by exchange of knowledge, experiences and ideas. Efforts are made to strengthen contacts between university teachers, students, researchers and practitioners, between academic institutions and national statistical agencies. The Network also tries to promote interest among students and to motivate them to choose their professional career as survey statistician.
Sample surveys are essential tools in a modern society to provide accurate information to politicians, businesses and the general public about living conditions and opinions. The creation and development of teaching and research capacity in universities is crucial for the establishment of good survey practice in government agencies and other sectors of the society.
University teachers in transition countries have the potential to learn new methodology based on scientific theory much easier and better than employees in public administration who were trained for other tasks during their university studies, sometimes long ago. The university training of new students and subsequent recruitment of them by public and private employers can most effectively transfer new knowledge to good practice in the society. Continued contact with such former students now working with statistical surveys in the public and private sectors is also an essential feature of the activities of the Network.
The target groups of planned activities are therefore four:
- university teachers in statistics who want to learn and teach survey statistics and to become specialists in this field,
- university students taking courses in survey statistics and writing project and examination papers in this field,
- research students who want to specialize in survey statistics on the Master or Ph.D. level,
- former students trained in survey statistics who are employed in statistical agencies or other public or private places of work.
The Network has ten official partners in six countries:
The activities involve additional universities and research institutes as well as national statistical agencies, particularly
and national statistical associations
- Estonian Statistical Society
- Finnish Statistical Society
- Latvian Statistical Society
- Lithuanian Statistical Society
- Swedish Statistical Association
The Steering Committee of the Network is responsible for the planning and evaluation of Network activities. It has eight members:
- Danute Krapavickaite, Lithuania
- Gunnar Kulldorff, Sweden
- Janis Lapins, Latvia
- Risto Lehtonen, Finland
- Aleksandras Plikusas, Lithuania
- Daniel Thorburn, Sweden
- Imbi Traat, Estonia
- Olga Vasylyk, Ukraine
Survey statistics has a long history in the Nordic countries — in university education, research and practice. The Baltic countries and Ukraine belonged to the Soviet Union until 1991 and started to develop survey statistics only after their independence.
Co-operation between Baltic and Nordic countries in the field of survey statistics began in 1992 — between universities as well as statistical agencies. A Baltic-Nordic network for co-operation on education and research in survey statistics has grown continuously since 1996 to include six partner universities in Estonia , Finland , Latvia , Lithuania and Sweden : the Universities of Helsinki, Latvia, Stockholm , Tartu , Umea and Vilnius . The activities have involved additional universities in the five countries as well as the five national statistical agencies and the five national statistical associations.
More than 100 month-long exchange visits have been made by university teachers, research students and government statisticians in Estonia , Latvia , Lithuania and Ukraine to partner universities in Finland and Sweden .
Annual conferences or workshops have been arranged by the Baltic-Nordic network on survey statistics since 1997:
School in Kyiv, Ukraine, August 23 - 27, 2009 with 48 participants
- Workshop in
Kuressaare, Estonia, August 25 - 29, 2008 with 49 participants
- Conference in Kuusamo, Finland, June 2 - 7, 2007 with 74
in Ventspils, Latvia, August 24 - 28, 2006 with 34 participants
- Workshop in
Vilnius, Lithuania, June 17 - 21, 2005 with 42 participants
- Workshop in Tartu, Estonia, June 18 - 22, 2004 with 40 participants
- Workshop in Palanga, Lithuania, May 28 - June 2, 2003 with 37 participants
- Conference in Ammarnäs, Sweden, August 17 - 23, 2002 with 74
- Workshop in Jurmala, Latvia, May 25 - 30, 2001 with 29 participants
- Workshop in Pärnu, Estonia, June 18 - 22, 2000 with 30 participants
- Workshop in Palanga, Lithuania, May 27 - June 1, 1999 with 27 participants
- Workshop in Jurmala, Latvia, May 24 - 27, 1998 with 27 participants
- Summer School in Tartu, Estonia, June 26 - July 2, 1997 with 49 participants
Members of the steering committee have been involved in the organization of
international conferences on survey sampling and relater topics, including
Exchange visits by teachers, researchers and research students from one partner to another, normally for one month.
Co-operation with other universities, research institutes, government agencies and statistical associations.
Annual meetings in a participating country — workshops, conferences and summer schools.
Intensive courses in specialized areas.
|Workshop 23-27 August 2010 in Vilnius
Workshop on Survey Sampling Theory and Methodology will be held on 23-27
August 2010 in Vilnius, Lithuania, with about 50 invited participants. Main
speakers are Prof. Carl-Erik Särndal (Sweden) and Dr Li-Chun Zhang (Statistics
Sunday 22 August: Arrival
Wednesday 25 August: Excursion
August: Workshop (continued)
Saturday 28 August: Departure
website for more details.
|Related Events 2010
COMPUTING & STATISTICS (ERCIM2010) Conference will be held
on 10-12 December 2010, Senate House, University of London, UK.
Vilnius Conference on Probability Theory and Mathematical Statistics will be
held on 28 June - 2 July, 2010, in Vilnius, Lithuania. Session on Survey
Sampling will be organized by Prof. Gunnar Kulldorff, see Announcement.
Quality in Official
Statistics Q2010 Conference was held at Finlandia Hall, Helsinki, Finland,
on 4-6 May 2010.
Indicators and Survey Methodology 2010 was held on 24-26 February, 2010, in
The workshops and conferences arranged by the Network 1998-2008 have published booklets with programme, abstracts, papers and list of participants.
Three textbooks on survey statistics have been written by members of the Steering Committee:
- Imbi Traat and Jaano Inno (1997): Toenaosuslik Valikuuring , 211 pages (in Estonian)
- Risto Lehtonen and Erkki Pahkinen (2004): Practical Methods for Design and Analysis of Complex Surveys , 349 pages (second edition)
- Danute Krapavickaite and Aleksandras Plikusas (2006): Imciu Teorijos Pagrindai , 312 pages (in Lithuanian)
18 doctoral dissertations on survey statistics have been written by participants in Network summer school and workshops:
- Nibia Aires (2000): Techniques to calculate exact inclusion probabilities
for conditional Poisson sampling and Pareto (Phi)ps sampling designs
- Per Gösta Andersson (2001): Improving estimation quality in large sample
- Signe Balina (2002): Estimation of the accuracy in the Latvian Household
Budget Survey and recommendations for improvements
- Michael Carlson (2003): Some contributions to statistical disclosure control
- Anders Holmberg (2003): Essays on model assisted survey planning
- Annica Isaksson (2003): Survey models for a vehicle speed survey
- Pauli Ollila (2004): A theoretical overview for variance estimation in
sampling theory with some new techniques for complex estimators
- Kadri Meister (2005): On methods for real time sampling and distributions in
- Boris Lorenc (2006): Two topics in survey methodology
- Peter Lundquist (2006): Estimating interviewer effects in sample surveys:
- Jurgita Turkuviene (2006): Analysis of the distributions of finite
- Oksana Honchar (2007): Methodological support for sample surveys of
non-financial service small enterprises
Sõstra (2007): Restriction estimator for domains
- Mikko Myrskylä (2007): Generalized regression estimation for
domain class frequencies: Accuracy and variance estimation
- Dalius Pumputis (2008): Statistical estimators of the finite
population parameters in the presence of auxiliary information
- Sara Westling (2008): Cost efficiency of nonresponse rate
reduction efforts - an evaluation approach
- Kari Nissinen (2009): Small area estimation with linear mixed
models from unit-level panel and rotating panel data
92 Bachelor theses and 53 Master theses on survey statistics have been written in Baltic universities 1995 – 2009.
Publications and Journals
Learning resources, Software
- EURAREA on
Small Area Estimation (SAE)
- AMELI on Poverty Estimation
Organizations and Networks
|Survey Statistics in Ukraine
The National Taras Shevchenko University of Kyiv joined the Network on July 1, 2007. The contact person is Olga Vasylyk, Department of Probability Theory, Statistics and Actuarial Mathematics.
The following visitors from Ukraine to the University of Umea in Sweden have specialized in survey statistics during their visits:
- Volodymyr Donchenko 1994 (6 weeks)
- Victoria Parkhomenko 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000 (8 months)
- Olga Vasylyk 1999, 2010 (2 months)
- Oleksandr Chernyak 1999 (1 week)
- Tetyana Yakovenko 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010(5 months)
- Nataliia Kovalova 2008 (1 month)
- Artem Shcherbina 2008, 2009 (2 months)
- Oksana Honchar 2008 (1 month)
- Tetiana Fedorianych 2009 (1 month)
- Yuliya Mishura 2009 (2 weeks)
- Nataliya Semenovska (3 weeks)
Two Tempus projects in Ukraine have included university education in survey statistics:
- Statistical aspects of economics: Financial mathematics, insurance and sample surveys in industry and agriculture (1996-1997)
- Statistical aspects of economics (1998-2000)
Two textbooks on survey sampling have been published in the Ukrainian language:
- Oleksandr Chernyak (2001): Survey Sampling Technique , 248 pages
- Victoria Parkhomenko (2001): Survey Sampling Methods , 148 pages
Ukrainian statisticians have participated in the following events arranged by the Baltic-Nordic-Ukrainian network on survey statistics:
- Workshop in Vilnius 2005: Olga Vasylyk
- Workshop in Ventspils 2006: Oksana Honchar, Nataliya Skachek, Olga Vasylyk
- Conference in Kuusamo 2007: Olga Vasechko, Tetyana Yakovenko
- Workshop in Kuressaare 2008: Oleksandr Chernyak, Tetiana Fedorianych, Oksana Honchar, Volodymyr Sarioglo, Artem Shcherbina, Nataliia Vashchaieva, Tetyana Yakovenko
- Summer School in Kyiv 2009: Bondarenko Yana, Dariychuk Illya, Fedorianych Tetiana, Honchar Oksana, Kolosov Alexander, Lysa Olha, Manzhos Tetyana, Mishura Yulia, Osypchuk Mykhaylo, Rozora Iryna, Rozora Natalia, Rychka Svitlana, Sarioglo Volodymyr, Semenovska Nataliya, Shcherbina Artem, Sugakova Olena, Tereshchenko Ganna, Vasylyk Olga, Vlasenko Nataliya, Yakovenko Tetyana
Several papers presented at recent workshops and conferences have described the development of survey sampling in Ukraine :
- Olga Vasylyk: Teaching survey sampling theory and methodology at Kyiv National Taras Shevchenko University ( Ukraine ): Problems and perspectives (2005 in Vilnius )
- Tetyana Yakovenko, Olga Vasylyk and Oksana Honchar: Sample surveys in Ukraine : Education and implementation (2007 in Kuusamo)
- Tetyana Yakovenko: Survey sampling in Ukrainian universities (2007 in Minsk )
- Tetyana Yakovenko and Olga Vasylyk: Renewal of a course on survey sampling at Kyiv University for speciality Statistics (2008 in Kuressaare)
- Tetiana Fedorianych : Survey Sampling at Uzhhorod National University (2009 in Kyiv)
- Volodymyr Sarioglo : Survey sampling methodology in social research (2009 in Kyiv)
The speciality “ Statistics ” was introduced as a teaching programme in 1996 by the National Taras Shevchenko University of Kyiv and is now available also at
- Dnipropetrovsk National University since 1997
- Lviv National Ivan Franko University since 1997
- Donetsk National University since 2003
- Uzhgorod National University since 2003
- Chernivtsi National Yuriy Fedkovych University since 2004
- Nizhyn State Pedagogical University since 2004
- PreCarpathian National Vasyl Stefanyk University in Ivano-Frankivsk since 2005
Courses on “ Survey Sampling ” are given at several Ukrainian universities, including
- National Taras Shevchenko University of Kyiv
- Kyiv National University of Economics
- Dnipropetrovsk National University
- PreCarpathian National Vasyl Stefanyk University in Ivano-Frankivsk
- Uzhgorod National University
The Scientific and Technical Complex of Statistical Research is a research institute linked to the State Statistics Committee of Ukraine and active in the development of survey statistics.
The Department of Social and Demographic Statistics, Institute for Demography and Social Research , National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine is also active in the development of survey statistics. Dr. Volodymyr Sarioglo and five other researchers participated in the ISI Session in Lisboa 2007 with contributed papers on survey statistics.
These two research institutes co-operate with teachers of survey statistics in the National Taras Shevchenko University of Kyiv, e.g. by providing applied topics for students. In 2009-2010 academic year Dr. Volodymyr Sarioglo gave a course of lectures on "Methodology of state survey sampling" for Bachelor students specialized in Statistics at the National Taras Shevchenko University of Kyiv.
The Network welcomes participation in its activities by additional universities, research institutes and statistical agencies in Ukraine.
Last update June 5, 2010