Annex 7. Past Work on Data Management Issues at the IMF

International Monetary Fund. Independent Evaluation Office
Published Date:
April 2016
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Studies of the Fund’s data management problems date at least from the 1960s. The following selectively documents the many efforts by the Fund to tackle these problems:

  • 1964—Management appointed an Advisory Committee on the Program of the Bureau of Statistics, comprised of outside experts.
  • 1989—Data Management Survey, by Douglas A. Scott.
  • 1990—Memorandum on “Enhanced Statistical Collaboration,” by John McLenaghan.
  • 1994—”Two Information Machines within One Organization: Policy, Statistics, and Information Work at the International Monetary Fund,” by Richard H.R. Harper (Rank Xerox Research Center).
  • 1995—Report of the Interdepartmental Working Group on Data Management.
  • 1996—Issuance of the Model Data Management Guidelines for Economic Databases, by Donogh McDonald.
  • 1999—”Review of Data Management Initiatives,” by Eduard Brau and Horst Struckmeyer.
  • 2004—”Report on Information Management in the Fund,” by the Patricia Seybold Group.
  • 2005—”Data Consistency in IMF Publications: Country Staff Reports Versus International Financial Statistics,” IMF Working Paper No. 05/46 (March 2005), by Anthony Pellechio and John Cady.
  • 2005—Information Technology Spending Review, by taskforce headed by Christopher Towe.
  • 2007—“Review of Controls over Data and Risk Exposures in Data Management,” prepared by IMF Office of Internal Audit and Inspection.
  • 2009—Memorandum on “Progress on the Implementation of the Data Management Guidelines and Structured Databases” (May 2009).
  • 2009—Report of the Working Group on Data Issues for Multilateral Surveillance (June 2009).
  • 2009—”A Fund-Wide Economic Data Management Initiative,” prepared by IMF Statistics Department (December 2009).
  • 2010—“Stock Taking of Economic Data Management in the Fund” (August 27, 2010), prepared by the EDMI Task Force.
  • 2010/2011—”Data Management Framework and Governance,” by Gartner, Inc.
  • 2011—EDMI Final Report: “Options to Strengthen Data Management in the Fund,” Volumes I and II (June 10, 2011), prepared by the EDMI Task Force.

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