Department of Economic and Social Affairs

Statistics • COVID-19 response

Sharing experiences

This section provides a space for members of the statistical community to share their immediate needs, challenges, experiences and lessons learnt as they put in place new approaches to adapt their data production and dissemination practices throughout the statistical value chain.

  • Statistics COVID-19 response hotline. The United Nations Statistics Division, in collaboration with the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data and Open Data Watch, as well as statistical offices from across the UN System, has created a dedicated email address where National Statistical Offices and stakeholders from all sectors of society can send inquiries and share experiences and lessons learnt related to the response of national and global statistical systems. Please submit your inquiries to

  • Twitter chats and webinars. Please stay tuned for upcoming virtual events dedicated to the sharing of experiences among statistical experts from across the world working to support national statistical systems in their response to the COVID-19 crisis.

  • Electronic mailing lists for National Statistical Offices. To provide an easy-to-use medium for the staff of National Statistical Offices to share experiences with their peers and what they have found to be useful in meeting the extraordinary challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data has established an English, French and Spanish closed email listserv. Officials from National Statistical Offices around the world are welcome to contact to join these groups.


Webinar on "Health Data Driving the SDGs and Defeating COVID-19" hosted by Health Data Collaborative

Hosted by HDC partners and logistically supported by the HDC secretariat, this meeting provides an opportunity to raise political commitment and advocacy for data and digital efforts linking COVID-19 responses with SDG GAP data efforts.


The Frontline of Subnational Data in the Battle against COVID19

The first webinar in a new series of conferences organized by PARIS21 and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) will launch on December 8, 2020 at 2:00 pm EST. The webinar, entitled "Subnational data on the front lines of the battle against COVID-19," will explore different cases of data generated by public and social sector actors on the front lines of responding to the pandemic. The data generated from these efforts is the product of the response to the pandemic and is representative of independent efforts. The webinar will be held in Spanish.


Concept note on "COVID-19: assessment of the mode effect on official statistics" by ISWGHS and ECLAC Statistics Division

Since the health emergency arising from the global COVID-19 pandemic, national statistical offices (NSOs) had to interrupt primary information collection abruptly as part of many of their statistical operations, including household surveys. Considering the rapid spread of the disease, governments had imposed curfews, movement restrictions, and compulsory quarantines, among other health measures.


United Nations World Data Forum webinar on "Monitoring the State of Statistical Operations"

National Statistical Offices (NSOs) around the world have been affected from disruptions of statistical operations caused by COVID-19 pandemic. The pandemic has highly hampered the ability of national statistical systems to produce crucial data, causing serious disruptions to censuses, household surveys, and other crucial data collection, processing and dissemination operations. At the same time, obtaining high-quality, timely and reliable data remains especially urgent now during the coronavirus pandemic, so that governments, firms, civil society organizations, and the general public can navigate, cope with, and respond to the unprecedented impacts caused by this global pandemic.


Household Surveys and COVID-19: Webinar

While the pandemic has resulted in considerable data collection challenges, surveys can also play a crucial role in understanding the social, economic and health impacts of COVID-19. As part of the UNSD-DFID project, which is working with 20 countries in Africa and Asia to support their SDG monitoring and COVID-19 data response, the UN Statistics Division hosted a webinar covering topics including the role of surveys during the pandemic, telephone surveys and sampling, and questionnaire design and data collection. It also includes a presentation by Dr. Ola Awad, Director General of the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS), highlighting how they have been responding to COVID-19, including using surveys to measure the impacts of the pandemic on people's lives. Here you can find the video, a copy of the presentations, and a Q and A based on the questions raised during the webinar.


Second COVID-19 Stats Twitter Chat

On April 28th at 12PM ET/4PM UTC the UN Statistics Division, the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data, and Open Data Watch joined to host the second #CovidDataChat directly after the UN World Data Forum webinar, Data in the Fight Against COVID-19. The Twitter chat provided an opportunity to continue the conversation from the webinar and share thoughts, experiences, and follow-up questions with statistical experts around the world on the role of national statistical systems in ensuring that reliable and timely data is available and ready to use in informing the fight against #COVID-19. Below we’ve shared selected answers from our participants as well as provided a list of resources distributed during the chat. To see more of the online conversation, follow the hashtag #CovidDataChat on Twitter.


Data in the fight against COVID-19—What do we learn?

This UN World Data Forum webinar will explore how the statistical community is responding to the challenge of providing timely data, disaggregated by age, sex, location and other markers, in order to inform policies and planning aimed to minimize the risks of the COVID-19 crisis for the population, especially the most vulnerable groups.


PARIS21 Webinar on "Addressing COVID-19: How are national statistical offices in low- and middle-income countries doing?"

The ongoing COVID-19 global pandemic is disrupting everyday life in unprecedented ways. To address these data and capacity related challenges, PARIS21 is hosting a webinar on 8 April, from 15:30-16:30 CEST for national statistical offices (NSOs) and other organizations, in particular from low- and middle-income countries, to share their experience and how they plan to mitigate its effects in the near and long term.


First COVID-19 Stats Twitter chat

On 1 April at 9AM ET/1PM UTC the UN Statistics Division, the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data and Open Data Watch hosted on Twitter a #CovidDataChat in which representatives from National Statistical Offices and their partners discussed the challenges they are facing in dealing with the COVID-19 crisis, share potential solutions, and identify immediate technical assistance and funding needs. Below we share a selection of responses from the discussion as well as a list of resources shared during the chat. To see more of the online conversation, follow the hashtag #CovidDataChat on Twitter.