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Programme of Assessment

Background

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). Where the Authority determines that the Code has been complied with, it will designate the statistics as "National Statistics", but otherwise not. These arrangements also apply to statistics already designated as National Statistics which will be re-assessed.

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 early 2009, and has published over 260 Assessment Reports. These are available at:

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

The Statistics Authority has published a report of the first cycle of Assessment:

http://www.statisticsauthority.gov.uk/reports---correspondence/reports/the-assessment-of-uk-official-statistics-2009-12.pdf

Programme for 2014/15

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 2014/15.

Some of the assessments listed are subject to them being requested by the appropriate authority as defined in section 12 of the Statistics and Registration Service Act 2007.

The Authority will keep the programme under review. We will formally publish any material revisions as appropriate. In particular, the Authority expects to add to this programme throughout the year.

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.

Monitoring and Assessment

February 2014

 

 

Assessments to start February 2014

Group of statistics to be assessed Producer body
School-level Examination Statistics for England Department for Education
Scottish Civil Law Statistics Scottish Government

 

Assessments to start March 2014


Group of statistics to be assessed

Producer body
Private Rental Markets Statistics Valuation Office Agency
Statistics on Scottish Police Recorded Crime Scottish Government

 

Assessments to start April 2014

Group of statistics to be assessed Producer body
Access to Work Statistics Department for Work and Pensions
Winter Fuel Payments Department for Work and Pensions
Children’s Cancer Statistics Office for National Statistics

 

Assessments to start May 2014

Group of statistics to be assessed Producer body
Monthly Fisheries Statistics Marine Management Organisation

 

Assessments to start June 2014

Group of statistics to be assessed Producer body
Maternity Allowances Statistics Department for Work and Pensions
Annual and Quarterly Compendia of Key Statistics for the Driver and Vehicle Agency Department of the Environment Northern Ireland

 

Assessments to start July 2014

Group of statistics to be assessed Producer body
Road Freight Statistics (re-assessment of statistics covered by Assessment Report 6) Department for Transport
Statistics on Healthcare-Associated Infections Public Health England
Population Statistics (re-assessment of statistics covered by Assessment Reports 101, 103, 113 and 124) Office for National Statistics, Welsh Government, National Records of Scotland, Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency

 

Assessments to start August 2014

Group of statistics to be assessed Producer body
Index of Labour Costs and Hours Office for National Statistics

 

Assessments to start September 2014

Group of statistics to be assessed Producer body
Indices of Multiple Deprivation Department for Communities and Local Government
Public Sector Finance Statistics
(re-assessment of statistics covered by Assessment Report 144)
Office for National Statistics and HM Treasury

 

Assessments to start October 2014

Group of statistics to be assessed Producer body
Statistics from the Community Life Survey Cabinet Office
Diagnostic Waiting Times Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety Northern Ireland
Annual Statistical Bulletin Office of the Police Ombudsman Northern Ireland

 

Assessments to start November 2014

Group of statistics to be assessed Producer body
Count of Traveller Caravans Department for Communities and Local Government
Homelessness Prevention and Relief Statistics Department for Communities and Local Government

 

Assessments to start December 2014

Group of statistics to be assessed Producer body
Statistics on Children in Out-of-work Households Department for Work and Pensions

 

Assessments to start January 2015

Group of statistics to be assessed Producer body
Statistics from the Adult Psychiatric Morbidity Survey Health and Social Care Information Centre
Statistics from the National Diet and Nutrition Survey Public Health England

  

Assessments anticipated for 2014/15 but not yet programmed

Patient Experience Survey Statistics Care Quality Commission and NHS England
NHS Outcome Framework Indicators Health and Social Care Information Centre
NHS Safety Thermometer Statistics Health and Social Care Information Centre
Patient-Reported Outcome Measures Health and Social Care Information Centre
Summary Hospital-level Mortality Indicator Health and Social Care Information Centre
Friends and Family Test Statistics NHS England
Patient Safety Incident Reports NHS England
Further sets of statistics Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual)
Further sets of statistics Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills (Ofsted)
Further sets of statistics Valuation Office Agency

 

Sets of statistics identified as possible assessments for 2015/16

Statistics on Rough Sleeping in England Department for Communities and Local Government
Bathing Water Quality Statistics Environment Agency
Northern Ireland Road Safety Strategy to 2020 – Annual Statistical Report Department of the Environment Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland Development Management Statistics Department of the Environment Northern Ireland
Statistics on enrolments at FE Colleges in Northern Ireland Department for Employment and Learning Northern Ireland
Statistics on retention & achievement at FE Colleges in Northern Ireland Department for Employment and Learning Northern Ireland
Statistics on essential skills enrolments and outcomes in Northern Ireland Department for Employment and Learning Northern Ireland