The Statistical Institute of Catalonia (Idescat) is the body responsible for official statistics in the region of Catalonia, Spain. Created in December 1989 (Decree 241/1989 of 11 December), it is a regional administrative body with legal personality, administrative and financial autonomy, and full capacity to act within its areas of competence, in accordance with Law 23/1998, on statistics in Catalonia. At present it comes under the Ministry of the Vice-presidency and of the Economy and Finance, of the Government of Catalonia.
The mission of the Statistical Institute of Catalonia (Idescat) is to provide high-quality and relevant statistical information, with professional independence, and to coordinate the Statistical System of Catalonia, with the aim of contributing to the decision making, research and improvement to public policies.
The availability and good management of statistical information is essential for a country. Idescat must ensure the coordination of the Statistical System of Catalonia with the following aims:
- To facilitate maximum efficiency in the planning, management, execution and evaluation of public policies.
- To favour transparency in public management and, consequently, improve democratic control of public powers, and to promote the trust of citizens in the governing powers.
- To stimulate social and economic development.
- To allow social sciences researchers access to relevant information (ensuring the confidentiality of the same) thus helping to make sure their contributions improve public policies.
Idescat, as a specialized statistics organisation associated with the Government of Catalonia, has the following objectives:
- Plan, produce and disseminate official statistics in accordance with European and International standards, and in particular, the European Statistics Code of Practice.
- Coordinate and ensure the quality of the statistics produced by all the organisations that form part of the Statistical System of Catalonia.
- Support administrations in the assessment of policies and in the development and use of suitable information systems for their monitoring and control.
- Strengthen the continuous improvement of quality in the production and dissemination of the statistics and in the management of processes.
- Promote the use of the statistical information for research aimed at improving the efficiency of public policies, respecting the ethical aspects and confidential use of data.
- Promote training in the use and interpretation of the data in political areas, and by public managers, administrators, and also by citizens.