International country and city rankings: methodology, data, transparency
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International Country and City Rankings: Methodology, Data, Transparency is a unique conference aimed at developing discussion about the role of data in international comparative studies.
On September 28, 2021, an international conference "International country and city rankings: methodology, data, transparency" was held in Moscow as part
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Session 1. New perspective: using rankings by different user groups
Plenary Session “International country and city rankings: methodology, data, transparency”
For most countries, rankings have become in many ways a reference point, they are actively scrutinized and used to implement best practices. At the same time, for investors, rankings can serve as an incentive, both to enter the market, and vice versa, as a signal to close projects. For people, it is an opportunity to get information about the countries and cities in which they would like to live, work and study.
Session 2. “Methodology and data sources of international rankings for countries and cities”
Session 3. “Open dialogue: ranking developers and rated countries and cities”
Managing Director and Senior Partner, Chairman of BCG Russia and CIS, BCG Henderson Institute Fellow - Cities, Moscow
Chief Executive Officer of Center for Advanced Governance; scientific director, of the Center for Training Leaders for Digital Transformation, RANEPA
President, Center for Strategic Research Foundation
Deputy Chairman of the CIS Statistical Committee
Participants of the event
Head, Federal State Statistics Service
Moscow Deputy Mayor for Economic Policy, Property and Land Relations
Deputy Minister of Economic Development of the Russian Federation
Deputy Minister of Education of the Russian Federation
International Statistical Institute President
Ada van Krimpen
International Statistical Institute Director
Deputy Head, Federal State Statistics Service
Minister of the Moscow Government, Head of the Department for Economic Policy and Development
Director of The Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) Paris
Head of Research, The World Travel & Tourism Council
Chief of Statistics, Human Development Report Office, United Nations Development Programme
Deputy Head of the Department for External Economic and International Relations of the City of Moscow
Director, Department of Economic Development Audit of the Accounts Chamber of the Russian Federation
Director of OECD-Russia Centre RANEPA
Arman Bidarbakht Nia
Head, Statistical Data Management Unit, ESCAP Statistics Division
Head of Economic Policy Strategies Section, Macroeconomic Policy Department
Global Product Owner - Quality of Living, Mercer
ISI Central EurAsia Outreach Committee Chair
Senior Director, Head of Sub-sovereign Ratings Group, ACRA
First Deputy CEO, Expert RA
Director, OECD Centre for Well-Being, Inclusion, Sustainability and Equal Opportunity (WISE), OECD
Head, International Cooperation and Statistical Information Dissemination Department, National Statistical Committee of the Republic of Belarus
Head of Sustainable Development Department, International and Comparative Law Research Center (ICLRC)
President of International Association for Official Statistics; Co-founder and Member of the Board, Open Data Watch
Head of the Expert-Analytical Department, Analytical Center for the Government of the Russian Federation
Chairman, State Statistics Committee of Uzbekistan
Director of the Center for Statistics and Monitoring of Information Society and Digital Economics, HSE
Director of the Center "Russian Cluster Observatory" of the Institute for Statistical Studies and Economics of Knowledge, National Research University Higher School of Economics
Head of Global Liveability, EIU
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Conference Key Results
On September 28, 2021, an international conference "International country and city rankings: methodology, data, transparency" was held in Moscow as part of the program of events of the World Statistical Congress of the International Statistical Institute (ISI). The event was organized by the Federal State Statistics Service, the Moscow Complex for Economic Policy and Property and Land Relations, Moscow Department for Economic Policy and Development, and the Moscow Analytical Center.
The main topic of the conference was the role of data in international research. The participants spoke about approaches to the compilation of international rankings, the interaction of their compilers with national statistical offices, and the use of rankings by various user groups.
The influence of the rankings on the decision-making of investors and entrepreneurs in terms of determining regional business priorities was noted, as well as the role of these rankings for adjusting the strategies of countries and cities to attract investors, entrepreneurs, and highly qualified labor was emphasized.
The specifics of working with official statistics of countries and cities were explained for authors of rankings, international organizations and databases; the methods of filling in the missing data, as well as the cases of using alternative data sources, including estimated data, expert and public opinion polls, were highlighted.
The problems of data verification are indicated and the most effective solutions for verification are noted. The participants also emphasized points of convergence among producers and consumers of rankings and pointed out the need to provide feedback and mechanisms of interaction between them.
The event has successfully fulfilled its task - to attract the attention of all parties to the problem of compiling and analyzing rankings of countries and cities: government, business, international organizations, and those who make up the research. The conference participants noted the importance of holding such events on a regular basis. One of the promising tasks of future conferences is to involve in the dialogue representatives of the authorities of other foreign countries and cities, who use the results of the rankings to develop and adjust their development strategies.
As a result of the conference, the importance of data openness and transparency of methodology in compiling international rankings was underlined, as well as the desirability of creating an international platform under the auspices of the International Association of Official Statistics ISI as one of the tools for developing effective interaction between ranking producers and official data providers.