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What you should know about the Economic survey of non profit making social services entities 2010

Economic survey of non profit making social services entities 2010

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1. What is it?

The Economic survey on non profit making social services entities is an official operation that is part of the Annual Programme for Statistical Action Programme (action 19 05 02), implemented by the Law on the Statistical Plan for Catalonia 2011–2014. These statistics are produced via a collaboration agreement between the Statistical Institute of Catalonia (Idescat) and the Department of Social Welfare and Family (BSF).

2. What are its objectives?

The main objective is to obtain information on the activity and the economic scope of the non profit making social services entities in Catalonia. Therefore, this complements the information obtained from the surveys of social services centres, which are conducted as part of the Social services accounts 2009, in order to find out about the social services sector in Catalonia.

The specific objectives are:

  • To provide information in relation to the services they offer and the staff they employ.
  • To find out about the volume of activity, expenditure and finance of the sector as a whole
  • To find out the amount of investment.

3. Who is it addressed at?

The survey is addressed at sample of randomly selected non profit making entities that are registered in the Register of social entities, services and establishments (RESES) of the Department of Social Welfare and Family, on November 2010. However, some major entities are eliminated from this survey, such as the Red Cross, savings banks, etc. that due to their particular characteristics are exhaustively studied.

4. When does the data collection process take place?

The field operation takes place in the fourth quarter of 2011 and the first of 2012.

5. How can the survey be answered?

Data collection will be by means of the CAWI (Computer Assisted Web Interview) system using an electronic questionnaire.

The surveyed units will have received a letter signed by the managers of Idescat and the BSF, which specifies the objectives and characteristics of the survey. They will be supplied with an Internet address and a user name and password in order to be able to answer via the Idescat website.

6. Is it compulsory to respond?

Given that all statistics forming part of the Statistical plan for Catalonia are of public interest as established by the Parliament of Catalonia, the collaboration of the population and companies by answering the questionnaires is a legal obligation, in order to guarantee the adequacy of responses and, consequently, statistically reliable results (chapter V of the Law on statistics in Catalonia). This is expressed in article 38 of the Law on statistics in Catalonia: "All citizens, entities and institutions are compelled by law to provide the information requested of them and this information must be complete and truthful".

7. How well protected is the information in the survey?

The data of an individual nature in the surveys are governed by statistical secrecy under the terms established by the Law on statistics in Catalonia. This supposes that all individual data collected in the questionnaires cannot be made public and neither can it be communicated to any person or entity, nor to public administrations, unless these are also bound by the obligations of statistical secrecy. In this regard, all Idescat staff and that of other bodies that participate in official statistics in Catalonia make a solemn declaration of the preservation of statistical secrecy and face severe penalties in case of violation of the same.

Similarly, the obligation of preserving statistical secrecy is also applicable to the publication of results, such that both Idescat and other bodies in the Statistical system of Catalonia take special care to avoid the detection of data of an individual nature in the information that is published in tables.

8. Where can I find the results of the survey?

The results of the statistics are published on the Idescat website ( and that of the Department of Social Welfare and Family for free, in accordance with the stipulations of the Annual programme for statistical activity of 2011.

9. Where can I request information?

For later doubts or queries in relation to the content of the survey you may contact:

  • The Idescat telephone: 93.412.12.04
  • The Idescat website (