The overall objective of the initiative is to support National Statistical Systems (NSSs) in low and middle-income countries in building and maintaining trust. The initiative will sponsor 6 to 12 months-long specific initiatives addressing issues relating to trust and its determinants in official statistics. The initiatives will foster the implementation of innovative solutions across any of the statistical, structural and/or reputational aspects of trust in the NSS

Statistical factors including complying with international standards and having sound methodological practices, robust statistical processes and quality outputs.
Structural factors, including the extent to which the statistics are, or are perceived as being, objective and independent, impartial and non-partisan (i.e. not subject to political interference) and transparent (e.g., release dates are publicised in advance; clear explanations are given for changes or revisions, etc.).
Reputational factors which determine the public’s opinion of official statistics, including practices like publication of relevant data on important and topical policy issues, public consultation, effective stakeholder management (like with the media), correcting inaccurate data etc.

The scope of the Initiative is in-line with the measurement framework for trust in official statistics, as proposed by the OECD in the figure below.