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Payments by the Ministry of Culture

Data is collected via the Ministry of Culture's grant administrative systems, other financial systems and the Government Accounts. There are no uncertainty calculations available, but the overall precision is assessed to be very high with regard to the current payments from the Ministry of Culture. Over time, adjustments may occur in the Ministry of Culture's allocation of cultural subjects to certain schemes and budget areas. Likewise, changes in remit mean that government grants can be moved between departments. The ongoing adjustments can thus affect comparability over time.

Overall accuracy

The overall accuracy is high because the data is based on actual payments from the Ministry of Culture's administrative and financial systems as well as from the Government Accounts.

Sampling error

Not relevant for these statistics.

Non-sampling error

Data lines for individual payments are prepared by different Ministry of Culture employees. A risk of erroneous coding e.g. with regard to cultural domains or special cultural domains exist. However, the scope of these errors is probably quite small as payment data is reviewed in several ways, e.g. through accounting reviews and by follow-up activities related to action plans. In addition, the individual payment lines are allocated case areas, which may be single municipalities, several municipalities (within the same region), nationwide or other countries than Denmark. There is some uncertainty associated with the allocation of case areas, as there will often be discretion and interpretation of the payment authority's geographical distribution.

Quality management

Statistics Denmark follows the recommendations on organisation and management of quality given in the Code of Practice for European Statistics (CoP) and the implementation guidelines given in the Quality Assurance Framework of the European Statistical System (QAF). A Working Group on Quality and a central quality assurance function have been established to continuously carry through control of products and processes.

Quality assurance

Statistics Denmark follows the principles in the Code of Practice for European Statistics (CoP) and uses the Quality Assurance Framework of the European Statistical System (QAF) for the implementation of the principles. This involves continuous decentralized and central control of products and processes based on documentation following international standards. The central quality assurance function reports to the Working Group on Quality. Reports include suggestions for improvement that are assessed, decided and subsequently implemented.

Quality assessment

The statistics is an overall account based on authoritative sources. However, the statistics can not be used for a complete description of the state's involvement in the cultural sector in Denmark as ministries other than the Ministry of Culture are involved in cultural activities.

Data revision - policy

Statistics Denmark revises published figures in accordance with the Revision Policy for Statistics Denmark. The common procedures and principles of the Revision Policy are for some statistics supplemented by a specific revision practice.

Data revision practice

Only final figures are published.