Quality in Statistical Systems: The Challenge for Puerto Rico


  • Sonia Balet University of Puerto Rico
  • John E.S. Lawrence adjunct prof SIPA Columbia University NY


In Puerto Rico, confidence in public data has been deeply compromised. Examination of extant island data demonstrates shortcomings in measuring basic variables that are now crucial in the international context. Demands from researchers, and from governmental and private constituents resulted in Law 209 of August 28, 2003 (The Law).  The Law created the Statistics Institute of Puerto Rico (The Institute) to induce significant changes in statistical production processes and to coordinate the creation of a reliable statistical system for public data on the island.  As part of its mandate, The Institute is implementing a quality assurance process that aims to guarantee rights of all constituents to opportune and reliable information.  This article summarizes and interprets ongoing initiatives taken by The Institute to meet quality assurance objectives of The Law. It also intends to contribute to broader international conversations on statistical quality and its central role in regaining people’s trust in decision making processes. 

Author Biographies

Sonia Balet, University of Puerto Rico

Professor, University of Puerto Rico,Department of Statistics

John E.S. Lawrence, adjunct prof SIPA Columbia University NY

Adjunct Prof, Columbia University New York, and former Principal Adviser and Deputy Director, Social Development Division, Bureau for Development Policy, UN Development Program, New York




How to Cite

Balet, S., & Lawrence, J. E. (2016). Quality in Statistical Systems: The Challenge for Puerto Rico. International Public Management Review, 17(2), 118–130. Retrieved from https://ipmr.net/index.php/ipmr/article/view/302