Pacific Statistics Methods Board


The establishment of a Pacific Statistics Methods Board (PSMB) was approved at the 5th Regional Conference of Heads of Planning and Statistics (HOPS) held at the Headquarters of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) in Noumea New Caledonia in November 2017[1].

The PSMB will ensure relevant best practice methods and standards are documented for the collection, compilation, analysis and dissemination of all Official Statistics, and other statistical indicators and issues as appropriate; it will ensure that such statistics are ‘fit for purpose’ for use in Pacific Island countries and territories (PICTs) for a suite of core censuses and surveys. These core collections will include housing and population census, household income and expenditure surveys, demographic and health surveys, multiple indicator cluster surveys, agriculture census, labour market surveys, price indices, trade statistics and disability surveys. Other surveys and census may be included as required.

Read more ...

Terms of References

pdf icon Download PSMB Terms of References (2018)


The purpose of the Pacific Statistics Methods Board (PSMB) is to ensure that relevant best practice standards are identified and/or developed and are “fit for purpose” for use in Pacific Island countries and territories (PICTs) for a suite of core censuses and surveys, and other statistical collections, including administrative data, and analytical methodologies where appropriate.


The role of the PSMB shall include, but not necessarily be limited to the following:

  1. Assist in the compilation of statistical production schedules and forward work programmes for statistical collections and utilise these for assessing the need to improve methods, the extent of capability gaps or the need to support statistical production activity. These include to:

Read more ...