In recent years, the IMF has intensified its efforts to help countries improve the quality of their data. The establishment of a Data Quality Reference Site on the IMF’s Dissemination Standards Bulletin Board (http://dsbb.imf.org) complements earlier work by the IMF’s Statistics Department on statistical methodologies and technical assistance and training activities, and the IMF’s data standards initiatives—the Special Data Dissemination Standard and the General Data Dissemination System.
The main objective of the Data Quality Reference Site is to foster a common understanding of data quality. Drawing on contributions from the statistical community, the site introduces definitions of data quality, describes trade-offs among elements of data quality, and gives examples of evaluations of data quality. The reference site offers direct access to papers by experts within the statistical community and includes a basic bibliography on data quality issues. New articles and information are posted from time to time and are flagged to alert users to what’s new. A comments box is provided on the site, and users are encouraged to use the box to e-mail their views to the IMF about the site.