The Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) is a website aimed to strengthening knowledge and cooperation in the field of statistics in Latin America and the Caribbean. It originates from the Statistical Conference of the Americas (SCA) and houses documents, audiovisual material, methodological tools, and other types of resources produced by both the Working Groups and the statistical community in the region.

The KTN was created at the IV SCA meeting (2007) as a mechanism to promote and coordinate training actions in official statistics at the regional level. Its implementation has been carried out successively by the National Institute of Statistics (INE) of Spain, the National Institute of Statistics and Geography (INEGI) of Mexico and the National Administrative Department of Statistics (DANE) of Colombia, and its main work has been It has been consolidating around the socialization of information among the countries of the region. Since 2018, the KTN has been in charge of the Statistics Division of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC).

As one of the main ways to advance towards a greater integration and management of statistical knowledge, the KNT encourages the exchange of knowledge and practice between the National Statistical Offices (NSOs) through virtual meetings (called "Conectados RTC"). As of the X meeting of the CEA (2019), the National Institute of Statistics (INE) of Chile assumed the coordination of the virtual meetings. Thanks to its management, numerous meetings have been held in a sustained manner, on social, economic and environmental statistics, both for Latin America and the Caribbean. These meetings have been vital to contribute to the functioning of the NSOs, especially in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. Likewise, space has been given to the SCA Working Groups to share their progress and results with the rest of the regional statistical community. The videos and presentations are available at the link "Conectados RTC".


SCA Working Groups

The Working Groups constitute a modality of collaboration between countries that contributes to the implementation of the Strategic Plan of the Statistical Conference of the Americas. Through the design of a biennial program of regional and international cooperation activities, each one of them intends to carry out a set of objectives and goals depending on the development of a particular topic or statistical area. For its operation, the member countries of each group designate a Coordinating Country and a Technical Secretariat, which are defined in each period.

For the 2020-2021 biennium, the SCA is made up of 11 groups, whose work projects to be carried out during the period are:

  1. Guide to the implementation of a quality assurance framework for the production of official statistics
  2. Document on guidelines for the processing, validation and consistency of census data
  3. Document on a harmonized methodological framework for measuring disaster-related indicators pertaining to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015–2030
  4. Methodological guide on time-use measurements in Latin America and the Caribbean
  5. Protocol for the collection and dissemination of data from studies involving children and adolescents
  6. Document of recommendations for generating environmental statistics and indicators for the SDGs with geospatial information and using non-traditional sources
  7. Assessment of the capacities of statistical systems to measure international migration
  8. Guide on conceptualization and measurement of prices and volumes in the services sector
  9. Methodological document on conceptual aspects and statistical use of administrative economic records
  10. Manual on the design of security and criminal justice statistical systems
  11. Document of best practices for the adoption of international recommendations on statistics on work relationships