Analytics: Advancing public policy for more than 40 years

75 statistical offices around the world use SAS® to inform and inspire decisions

By Alison Bolen, SAS Insights Editor

From Algeria to Australia, from Yemen to the United Kingdom, almost every country around the world has a national statistics office. Each collects, analyzes and disseminates statistics about the country’s economy, society and people.

Who uses official statistics?

  • Elected officials trying to lower unemployment or fill skills gaps.
  • Tourism directors planning for next year’s seasonal visitors.
  • CEOs trying to find new sources and markets.
  • Journalists investigating business trends or societal concerns.
  • City planners assessing the need for roads, sewers or schools in coming decades.
  • National health officials working to address community health needs.
Currently, more than 75 different countries
use SAS in their statistics offices for programs that range from
census analysis and government reporting to financial and resource planning.

All of these groups – and so many others – rely on accurate statistical data to support communities and individuals who live there. Statistical offices help policymakers, businesses, educators and community leaders make fact-based decisions that contribute to economic growth, poverty reduction, good governance and building democracy.

Currently, more than 75 different countries use SAS in their statistics offices. Their programs range from census analysis and government reporting to financial and resource planning. Here are just a few examples:

Canary Islands Statistics Institute uses SAS to meet reporting standards for the European Union, including collecting, processing and analyzing data from the region’s citizens. “We are capable of improving the decisions that our government makes,” says Alberto Gonzalez Yanes, Head of the institute’s Economic Statistics Department. “SAS helps us to facilitate and improve the decisions that are made by the Canary Island society in general.” 

The Statistics Centre-Abu Dhabi (SCAD) uses SAS to conduct its census of population and households. SAS also helps SCAD deliver census data to a broad range of expert and casual users via online statistical tools. "SAS is recognized as an analytics provider of choice for many statistical offices globally," says Ghanem Al Mehairbi, Section Head of Statistical Information Systems (SIS) at SCAD's Dissemination Department.

Statistics Estonia used SAS to build a complete statistical and demographic picture of a newly reborn nation after the fall of the Soviet Union. Today, the software helps streamline accounting and process census data. "We were anticipating very large data volumes. We felt it would be more efficient to standardize, synchronize, and put things onto a single platform. SAS has the data mining and deep-analysis capabilities we needed and the integration with other systems," says Kaja Sõstra, Head of the Methodology Department. 

US Census Bureau uses SAS to improve efficiencies in the official decennial count of people living in the US. This includes providing daily progress reports and budget positions, and performing ad hoc analysis to support effective decisions related to census operations. "The system we built with SAS was used by management to see how much money was spent and the progress that was being made every day – either in the field or at headquarters," says Guinevere Mills, Branch Chief, Management Information Systems. 

The world is complex, and accurate information is critical to creating and measuring public policy. For more than 40 years, statistical offices around the world have relied on SAS to do what public entities are meant to do: improve the quality of life for citizens.

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