We are happy to announce that the RSA Regional Leadership Award for Practice and Policy goes to
“We would like to thank for appreciating the work of Statistics Poland. It is our great pleasure to accept the Regional Leadership Award for Practice and Policy.”
On behalf of the Board of the Regional Studies Association, Olga Mrinska, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, UK & the Treasurer of the RSA awarded the 2021 Award virtually:
This award is a recognition of individuals or organisations in policy and practice who work at the interstices with academia and other forms of research to develop the field and practice of regional studies and science. The previous winners of this award include Alasdair Rae, Automatic Knowledge Ltd, UK; Prof. Jagan Shah, National Institute of Urban Studies, India; Alexandra Jones, Centre for Cities, UK; Ronald Hall, DG REGIO, EU Commission.
Statistics Poland (GUS) is Poland’s national statistical office. Its main task is provision of reliable, objective and systematic information to society, state bodies and public administration on the economic, demographic, social and natural environment situation.
The head of the Statistics Poland is the President of the Statistics Poland. Mr Dominik Rozkrut has been holding the position since 2016. Statistics Poland comprises of headquarters in Warsaw, sixteen regional statistical offices and supportive units. Each of the regional offices has been performing specialised nationwide statistical surveys on a specified subject.
Focusing on continuous development, for over 100 years, Statistics Poland has been consistently implementing its mission by providing relevant and internationally comparable information to its users. It is constantly improving used methods of collecting, processing and compiling statistical data as well as forms of data dissemination.
Nowadays, Statistics Poland keeps in mind challenges posed by developing societies and state structures. In this case the following areas of its activity gain an increasing importance:
- works on solutions enabling the access to new data sources such as big data, earth observation data;
- works on development and implementation of spatial and regional research methods;
- being open to different groups of statistical data users and stakeholders and adapting statistical products and services to users’ real needs;
- being a part of a worldwide community and an active player in all international systems (EU, UN including its regional UNECE part, OECD).
For many years Polish statistical services have been actively involved in cooperation with academia and statistical offices of partner countries, initiated within the framework of various international projects. Polish experts provide support in development of statistical systems.