Quality in Statistical Systems: The Challenge for Puerto Rico

Sonia Balet, John E.S. Lawrence


In Puerto Rico, confidence in public data has been deeply compromised. Examination of extant island data demonstrates shortcomings in measuring basic variables that are now crucial in the international context. Demands from researchers, and from governmental and private constituents resulted in Law 209 of August 28, 2003 (The Law).  The Law created the Statistics Institute of Puerto Rico (The Institute) to induce significant changes in statistical production processes and to coordinate the creation of a reliable statistical system for public data on the island.  As part of its mandate, The Institute is implementing a quality assurance process that aims to guarantee rights of all constituents to opportune and reliable information.  This article summarizes and interprets ongoing initiatives taken by The Institute to meet quality assurance objectives of The Law. It also intends to contribute to broader international conversations on statistical quality and its central role in regaining people’s trust in decision making processes. 

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