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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). 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 2009, and has published over 280 Assessment Reports. These are available at:

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

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, and provides an update to the programme published in March 2014.

The programme for the year is presented in two formats – by National Statistics theme, and by expected start date and is available to download on the right-hand side of this page. 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.

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 revised 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.

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

July 2014