Institute of Jamaica was established under the
Statistics (Amendment) Act 1984
on April 9, 1984. The Institute has been invested with all the powers
formerly vested in the Department of Statistics and previously the Bureau of
Statistics (which came into existence in 1946) along with other powers.
The Statistical Institute of Jamaica is an agency of the Ministry of
Finance and Planning.
The main functions of the Institute are:
- to collect, compile, analyse, abstract and publish statistical information
relating to the commercial, industrial, social, economic and general activities
and condition of the people;
- to collaborate with public agencies in the collection, compilation and
publication of statistical information including statistical information derived
from the activities of such agencies;
- to take any census in Jamaica; and
- generally to promote and develop integrated social and economic statistics
pertaining to Jamaica and to co-ordinate programmes for the integration of such
statistics, in accordance with the provisions of this Act.
The Office of the Director General (ODG)
The organization is headed by the Director General
who has overall responsibility for the operations of the Institute and specific
responsibility for the non-technical divisions. The Director General is assisted by the Deputy Director General who has
responsibility for the technical divisions.
The responsibilities of the ODG include monitoring of the Institute’s efficiency in carrying out
its functions and ensuring that the Institute operates within various
legislations and governing policies.
The Institute is further divided into eight divisions, each of which is headed
by a Director.
This division provides detailed statistical data and analysis in the areas of
External Trade and Indices and Price Analyses.
Census, Demographic and Social Statistics
This division is responsible for
matters relating to the planning, execution and administration of all censuses
undertaken by the Institute and also for research and analysis based on
demographic, social and environment statistics.
The responsibilities of this division are to develop, analyze and publish
statistics relating to the economic life of the country and to advise on the
interpretation of the trends as they develop.
The main responsibilities of this division include
recruitment, personnel administration, provision of office accommodation, transport, purchasing
and the management of the financial resources of STATIN.
This division is also responsible for
research, marketing, public education, the provision of information services and printing
services. The Institute’s Library is also a part of this division.
Research Design and Evaluation
The division is responsible for sampling and design, research and methodology,
quality management and
The Field Services division has the responsibility for the data collection
activity undertaken by the Institute for use by the various divisions of the
Institute as well as for other organizations.This division is also responsible for producing maps and graphic designs
This division is responsible for all matters relating to the conducting of all
surveys for which the Institute has some interest in or responsibility for.
Special Project is a unit within this division and has responsibilities for all
specially contracted projects.
The Information and Technology Division
The Information and Technology Division is responsible for all information
systems and technology within
the Institute. The Division offers support, manages and maintains the
infrastructure, designs and develops information systems, offers advice and
makes recommendations regarding IT investment decisions.