|Ellen Bastiaens-Krabbe (The Netherlands)||firstname.lastname@example.org|
With the formal reorganisation of Statistics Netherlands (SN) in September
2000, a rearrangement of the statistical processes has started. The reorganisation
has to be completed in the year 2003. An example of a rearrangement is the
integration of all collected microdata in one database, called microbase.
In the paper examples of more changes in statistical processes will be discussed.
To support these changes in statistical processes, a change in the training
and the development programme was needed. Training was decentralised and
unstructured without a central policy. This was an inefficient and ineffective
way to organise training. Besides that it was hard to attain goals concerning
the development of employees and the organisation. Therefore a central policy
concerning Human Resources Development had to be developed. This policy
focuses on training as one of the instruments to improve the performance
of individuals, departments and the organisation. To implement this central
policy a so-called institutional academy was founded.
The CBS-academy started in December 2000 and is the official department of education for all employees of SN. The academy is founded to realise a training programme for the training of all employees of SN, with a focus on two basic principles:
- Organisational needs and goals form the foundation for the development of courses;
- The courses integrate aspects of statistical processes, Information Technology (IT) and managerial skills.
The regrouping of statistical processes form the point of departure for
the development of the training programme for statisticians and IT-ers.
The first (basic) course discusses all phases of the statistical process
and is split up in one module per phase, starting with data-collection
processes, ending with the presentation of data (in by example STATLINE).
This course serves two goals: 1) It is developed as an overview for all
new employees of SN to present them basic insights in the processes of
SN. In a later stage the course will be adapted for statisticians already
working for a longer time within SN. In the different modules statistical
processes are embedded with IT-aspects. 2) It serves as a steppingstone
for the development of a comprehensive set of specialistic courses, each
focusing on a specific aspect of the statistical process. Examples are
courses for data-collection methods, questionnaire-development, theory
and techniques on sampling-processes and processes of completing datasets.
In the paper an overview of the specialistic courses is presented. In
all theses courses specific IT-tools will be integrated in order to match
statistical processes with these IT-tools. Furthermore, the newest educational
insights, such as e learning and training-on-the-job, will be used.
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