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Programme of Assessment

Introduction

Under the provisions of the Statistics and Registration Service Act 2007, the UK Statistics Authority has a statutory responsibility to assess whether the Code of Practice has been complied with in relation to any official statistics, subject to a request from an appropriate authority (as defined in the Act). Official statistics are awarded National Statistics status following an assessment by the Authority’s regulatory arm. The Authority considers whether the statistics meet the highest standards of Code compliance, including the value they add to public decisions and debate.

In fulfilling its statutory remit, the Statistics Authority will use the assessment process to identify steps that could be taken to improve the service to users of the statistics, and will report accordingly. In this way assessment will support the Statistics Authority's overall objective, which is to promote and safeguard the production and publication of official statistics that serve the public good.

The Statistics Authority started its assessment programme in 2009, and has published over 300 Assessment Reports. These are available at:

http://www.statisticsauthority.gov.uk/assessment/assessment/assessment-reports/index.html.

Programme for 2015/16

The Statistics Authority also has a statutory responsibility to prepare and publish a programme for the assessment of statistics. The attached programme covers the sets of statistics to be assessed during 2015/16. Assessments have been scheduled in detail for the first half of the year; timings for the second half of the year will be considered in due course. More generally, the Authority will keep the programme under regular review, and expects to revise it as new issues and priorities arise. The Authority will use its criteria published separately (http://www.statisticsauthority.gov.uk/assessment/assessment/programme-of-assessment/criteria-for-prioritising-assessments.pdf) to help determine the priority that it will give to possible assessments, and will formally publish material revisions to the programme as appropriate.

The Assessment Team will discuss the detailed scope and timing with producers closer to the time of each individual assessment. Consequently, assessments may not start at exactly the time indicated here, nor have the same composition as currently envisaged.

Some of the assessments listed have been discussed in principle by officials, and are subject to them being formally requested by the appropriate authority as defined in section 12 of the Statistics and Registration Service Act 2007.

 

Monitoring and Assessment

June 2015