Turkey sets up data quality control unit at statistics office

Turkey’s government has established a unit to monitor the quality of data compiled by the Turkish Statistical Institute.

The Data Quality Control Board will be established by the institute and its members, who will total no more than nine, will be comprised of at least three heads of department and at least one statistical consultant, the institute announced in the Official Gazette on Wednesday.

The board will monitor, examine and evaluate data and collection processes in terms of scientific value and compliance with international standards, from the statistical studies of central and provincial offices to the production of published statistics, it said.  

The institute has suffered a crisis of public confidence after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan replaced dozens of its senior officials over the past three years. The accuracy of data including annual inflation figures has been questioned by some economists and commentators.  

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