Evaluation of the AMECO Database

Thank you for agreeing to take part in the evaluation of the Annual Macro-Economic (AMECO) database. This survey has been commissioned by DG ECFIN, European Commission and is being carried by ICF GHK. It is a part of an on-going external evaluation of the AMECO database. The purpose of this survey is to collect your feedback on the relevance, quality and usefulness of AMECO.

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Basic information

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Evaluation of the AMECO Database

Section 1: Use of the AMECO database

4. How did you first hear of AMECO?
 
5. How do you access AMECO? (Please tick all that apply)
6. How often do you use AMECO?
7. For what purposes do you use the data extracted from AMECO? (Please tick all that apply)
 

Evaluation of the AMECO Database

Section 1: Use of the AMECO database

8. At what geographical level do you use AMECO? (Please tick all that apply)
 
9. Which of the following AMECO data domains do you currently use? (Please tick all that apply)
10. Please indicate the time coverage of the data that you most often refer to or extract from AMECO:
  Please indicate the relevant time coverage of data extracted:

Evaluation of the AMECO Database

Section 1: Use of the AMECO database

11. How satisfied are you with the following features of AMECO?
  Very Satisfied   Satisfied   Neither Satisfied nor Dissatisfied   Dissatisfied   Very Dissatisfied   No Opinion  
  Geographical coverage            
  Thematic coverage (variables covered by the database)            
  Length of time series            
  Availability of forecasts            
  Consistency and comparability of data            
  Data frequency (AMECO contains annual data)            
  Timeliness of data            
  Frequency of updates            
  Presentation of data            
  Data formats available for download            
  Availability and scope of metadata            
  Usability of the Interface, search functions etc            
  Support provided by DG ECFIN to users of AMECO            
 
 
12. Overall to what extent does AMECO meet your requirements for annual macroeconomic data?
 
13. To what extent is it an issue for the usability of AMECO that it only contains annual macroeconomic data?
 
14. Overall how would you rate the importance of AMECO for your work?

Evaluation of the AMECO Database

Section 2: European added value of the AMECO database

15. Please rate each of the AMECO database features according to how important it is for you:
  Very Important Important Moderately Important Of Little Importance Not Important  
  Geographical coverage  
  Thematic coverage (variables covered by the database)  
  Length of time series  
  Availability of forecasts  
16. Which of the following databases other than AMECO do you use? (Please tick all that apply)
  As my main information source of (macroeconomic) data   As an alternative to AMECO   As a complementary source of (macroeconomic) data  
  Eurostat online database      
  National statistical sources      
  OECD      
  IMF      
  ECB Statistical Data Warehouse      
  Commercial data providers      
  World Bank      
  Other      
 
17. What are the main reasons for using the other database(s) and not AMECO? (Please tick all that apply)
 
 
 

Evaluation of the AMECO Database

Section 2: European added value of the AMECO database

  You have indicated above that your main source of macroeconomic data is the Eurostat online database. Please indicate how AMECO compares to this database in terms of the following criteria:
  AMECO is much better AMECO is slightly better AMECO is the same AMECO is somewhat worse AMECO is much worse  
  Consistency  
  Geographical coverage  
  Thematic coverage  
  The time frequency of the data (AMECO contains annual data)  
  Time series length  
  Frequency updates  
  User friendliness of the interface  
  Usefulness for my work  
  Cost of access  
  You have indicated above that your main sources of macroeconomic data are national statistical sources. Please indicate how AMECO compares to these sources in terms of the following criteria:
  AMECO is much better AMECO is slightly better AMECO is the same AMECO is somewhat worse AMECO is much worse  
  Consistency  
  Geographical coverage  
  Thematic coverage  
  The time frequency of the data (AMECO contains annual data)  
  Time series length  
  Frequency updates  
  User friendliness of the interface  
  Usefulness for my work  
  Cost of access  
  You have indicated above that your main source of macroeconomic data is the OECD. Please indicate how AMECO compares to this source in terms of the following criteria:
  AMECO is much better AMECO is slightly better AMECO is the same AMECO is somewhat worse AMECO is much worse  
  Consistency  
  Geographical coverage  
  Thematic coverage  
  The time frequency of the data (AMECO contains annual data)  
  Time series length  
  Frequency updates  
  User friendliness of the interface  
  Usefulness for my work  
  Cost of access  
  You have indicated above that your main source of macroeconomic data is the IMF. Please indicate how AMECO compares to this source in terms of the following criteria:
  AMECO is much better AMECO is slightly better AMECO is the same AMECO is somewhat worse AMECO is much worse  
  Consistency  
  Geographical coverage  
  Thematic coverage  
  The time frequency of the data (AMECO contains annual data)  
  Time series length  
  Frequency updates  
  User friendliness of the interface  
  Usefulness for my work  
  Cost of access  
  You have indicated above that your main source of macroeconomic data is the European Central Bank Statistical Data Warehouse. Please indicate how AMECO compares to this source in terms of the following criteria:
  AMECO is much better AMECO is slightly better AMECO is the same AMECO is somewhat worse AMECO is much worse  
  Consistency  
  Geographical coverage  
  Thematic coverage  
  The time frequency of the data (AMECO contains annual data)  
  Time series length  
  Frequency updates  
  User friendliness of the interface  
  Usefulness for my work  
  Cost of access  
  You have indicated above that your main sources of macroeconomic data are commercial data providers. Please indicate how AMECO compares to these sources in terms of the following criteria:
  AMECO is much better AMECO is slightly better AMECO is the same AMECO is somewhat worse AMECO is much worse  
  Consistency  
  Geographical coverage  
  Thematic coverage  
  The time frequency of the data (AMECO contains annual data)  
  Time series length  
  Frequency updates  
  User friendliness of the interface  
  Usefulness for my work  
  Cost of access  
  You have indicated above that your main source of macroeconomic data is the World Bank. Please indicate how AMECO compares to this source in terms of the following criteria:
  AMECO is much better AMECO is slightly better AMECO is the same AMECO is somewhat worse AMECO is much worse  
  Consistency  
  Geographical coverage  
  Thematic coverage  
  The time frequency of the data (AMECO contains annual data)  
  Time series length  
  Frequency updates  
  User friendliness of the interface  
  Usefulness for my work  
  Cost of access  
  How does AMECO compare to the other databases that you use in terms of the following criteria?

  AMECO is much better AMECO is slightly better AMECO is the same AMECO is somewhat worse AMECO is much worse  
  Consistency  
  Geographical coverage  
  Thematic coverage  
  The time frequency of the data (AMECO contains annual data)  
  Time series length  
  Frequency of updates  
  User friendliness of the interface  
  Usefulness for my work  
  Cost of access  
18. How would it affect your work if AMECO was discontinued?

Evaluation of the AMECO Database

Section 3: Suggestions for improvement

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20. Do you have any other comments or suggestions?
 
21. Thank you for taking the time to complete this questionnaire. As part of the ongoing evaluation of AMECO, we also intend to investigate some of the issues raised in this survey in more detail with a limited number of users. If you are available for a short telephone interview of around 20 minutes at a time of your convenience, please provide us your details below to facilitate the contact.
   
   


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