General information

Who we are

The National Institute of Statistics is a public research organisation. It has been operating in Italy since 1926 and is the main producer of official statistics supporting citizens and policy-makers.

The Institute’s organization was redesigned by Presidential Decree no. 166 dated 7 September 2010. The governing bodies are the President – appointed by Presidential decree and the Institute’s legal representative – and the Council, which is responsible for steering, planning and control activities.

Comstat is responsible for directing Istat’s activities regarding Sistan (the National Statistics System) statistics offices, while the Board of Auditors certifies that the accounts are kept correctly. The Institute is responsible for steering, coordinating, promoting and providing technical assistance for the statistics activities of the bodies and offices that are part of the Sistan.
Istat is part of the European Statistics System and collaborates with the other members of the international statistics system.

Mission and activities

The mission of the National Institute of Statistics is to serve the community by producing and communicating high quality statistical information, analyses and forecasts in the areas of economics, society and the environment.

Of the 864 projects planned as part of the 2016 National Statistics Program, 333 were managed directly by Istat, including: 138 statistical surveys; 39 administrative statistics; 104 derived statistics analyses; 39 project planning studies and 13 statistics information systems. The Institute was responsible for running 89.8% of projects.

The data produced are published on website, which also provides press releases and databases. The main access to the data is provided by I.Stat, the Institute's datawarehouse, which stores the information divided by themes, presented in multidimensional tables and accompanied by metadata. Access to the data warehouse is unlimited and free of charge.

Istat offers the contents in open format, so that the graphics, data, information and widgets can be used and incorporated by users on other sites. This means that Istat data and analyses can be freely reproduced, distributed, transmitted and adapted, even for commercial purposes, with the sole condition of quoting the source (creative commons licence). The opening of Istat channels on the most popular social networks (Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and SlideShare) also guarantees the rapid and viral spread of Istat contents on the web.

Our offices

Our headquarters are based in Rome, but Istat is present throughout Italy with a network of local offices in regional capitals and in the autonomous provinces, working closely with local authorities. Our headquarters include a Press Office which exclusively manages and coordinates relations with national and international information media.

Budget and staff

Budget for 2017

For 2017, the estimate of revenues is 191.369.191 euros, 95.7% of which (that is 183,068,691 Euros) are State transfer. Istat own estimated revenues are 8,320,500 Euros, that is 4.3% of total revenues.
As far as expenditure is concerned, 199,632,055 Euros are estimated, of which 187,911,895 Euros for current expenditure, equal to 94.13% of total expenditure, and 11,720,160 Euros as capital expenditure, equal to 5.87% of total expenditure. Total current expenditure is divided into expenses for interventions, (24,229,740 Euros), and operating expenses (163,682,155 Euros). For 2017 the expenditure is higher than the revenues, generating a deficit equal to 8,262,864 Euros. It is due to the investments for IT expenditures related to Istat's modernization project and to interventions on the Institute seats to make them compliant with current Health and security at work legislation.

Staff as of 31 December 2016

As of 31 December 2016, 2,202 people worked at Istat, 44 fewer than at the end of 2015. 1,863 of them have permanent contracts and 336 have temporary contracts. There are also three managers with temporary contracts. As far as gender differences are concerned, women are 6 against 4 males every ten employees. Employees at Istat work in different levels and professional typologies, as stated in the national work contract of research bodies. The percentage of staff in higher levels (statisticians and technologists, from first to third level, and administrative managers, first and second level) amount to 38.6%% of total staff. The remaining five levels (from fourth to eighth, which include officials, clerks and administrative clerks, clerks and technical operators of research bodies) make up for 61.4%% of the staff.