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Monitoring Reviews

From time to time the Authority will commission its Monitoring and Assessment Team to produce brief notes in response to concerns raised publicly or privately in relation to a particular statistical series or issue. These notes will be discussed with producers of statistics to ensure factual correctness, and will then be published on the Authority’s website.

In considering whether to publish such a note, the Monitoring and Assessment Team will have regard to the significance or topicality of the issue, to whether there is a clear link between the issue concerned and trust in the statistical service, to whether there are messages from the issue that could relate to other statistical producers or products, and to whether the necessary resources are available to address the issue at the present time.

Monitoring Reviews are produced according to a series of standard stages. The first main stage is to define the scope of the Review, and to prepare an agreed 'Outline' document. This typically sets out the 'concern' to which the Review relates, addresses the geographic coverage of the Review, the issues to be explored, a broad timetable, the proposed structure of the Review, and the broad methodology. "Outlines" may be subject to updating or amendment; if changed substantially the revised version will be placed on the website.

The second main stage is to gather, evaluate and quality assure the evidence; the final stage is to write the Review and take it through a series of approval stages including, as the final step before publication, consideration and approval by the Board of the Statistics Authority.  Given this, there may be a period of several months between the posting of an Outline and completion of the associated Monitoring Review.

These notes were published as "M&A Notes" and then as "Monitoring Briefs" until November 2012, after which we have labelled them "Monitoring Reviews" to reflect better their nature. For convenience we have continued the numbering sequence of earlier papers.

The Monitoring and Assessment Team has been established to fulfil the requirements for independent oversight of official statistics as provided for in the Statistics and Registration Service Act 2007. The Team operates transparently and is committed to enhancing the value of official statistics.

Date Number Title
21 March 2014  3-2014  Financial services and official statistics 434.1 Kb Pdf document 
17 February 2014  2-2014  The Geography of Economic Statistics 975.6 Kb Pdf document
7 February 2014  1-2014  Patient Outcome Statistics 770.2 Kb Pdf document
24 October 2013  7-2013  Issuing ONS Market Sensitive Statistics at 09:30 228.5 Kb Pdf document 
 
Office for National Statistics response here
2 October 2013  6-2013  Official statistics in the context of the referendum on Scottish independence 1.21 Mb Pdf document 
5 August 2013  5-2013  School-Level Examination Statistics 296.4 Kb Pdf document 
25 June 2013  4-2013  International Passenger Survey 499.4 Kb Pdf document
19 June 2013 3-2013 Real Terms Health Expenditure in England 141.2 Kb Pdf document
3 May 2013  2-2013  Final Report on Statistics Relating to the DWP Work Programme and Pre-Work Programme 374.9 Kb Pdf document
16 January 2013  1-2013  Monitoring Update - January 2013 301.8 Kb Pdf document 
4 December 2012  9-2012  Projections and forecasts as official statistics 510.1 Kb Pdf document 
1 November 2012 8-2012 Interim report on statistics about Welfare to Work schemes 208.9 Kb Pdf document
17 October 2012 7-2012 Accessibility of official statistics on health 438.4 Kb Pdf document
7 September 2012 6-2012 Public availability of official statistics - three ONS datasets 235.8 Kb Pdf document
3 May 2012  5-2012  Official Statistics and the Voluntary Sector 170.8 Kb Pdf document  
 
Reply from Minister for Civil Society 356.7 Kb Pdf document

Further correspondence by the Head of Assessment 252 Kb Pdf document 

Reply from the Royal Statistical Society 283 Kb Pdf document

Update report 301.8 Kb Pdf document
20 March 2012 4-2012  Reporting of official statistics about the August 2011 public disorder 117.4 Kb Pdf document
16 March 2012  3-2012  Creating official statistics from administrative data 130.1 Kb Pdf document

Update report 301.8 Kb Pdf document
2 March 2012 2-2012 Statistics for Parliamentary Constituencies 155.7 Kb Pdf document

Update report 301.8 Kb Pdf document
31 January 2012  1-2012  Monitoring Update - January 2012 201.3 Kb Pdf document
22 December 2011  8-2011  Findings from the Assessment Programme 2009-11 80.9 Kb Pdf document
11 October 2011 7-2011 Accessibility and coherence of statistics about climate change 150.7 Kb Pdf document

Update report 301.8 Kb Pdf document
21 July 2011 6-2011  Indices of Multiple Deprivation 68 Kb Pdf document

Update report 301.8 Kb Pdf document
11 July 2011 5-2011 Immigration Statistics 167.8 Kb Pdf document

Update report 301.8 Kb Pdf document
27 May 2011  4-2011 Implementation of Authority Recommendations 121.3 Kb Pdf document
27 May 2011  3-2011  The Impact of the Authority’s Monitoring and Assessment Function 130 Kb Pdf document 
4 April 2011 2-2011 Findings from the first 100 Assessment Reports 134.6 Kb Pdf document
5 January 2011  1-2011  Improving the reporting of road casualties 429 Kb Pdf document

Update report 301.8 Kb Pdf document
6 December 2010 7-2010 Communicating Inflation 365.5 Kb Pdf document

Update report 301.8 Kb Pdf document
19 October 2010 6-2010 The use made of official statistics 128.6 Kb Pdf document
7 October 2010 5-2010 The inter-dependence of statistical work in government 118.9 Kb Pdf document
30 July 2010 4-2010 Findings from the first 50 Assessment Reports 170.9 Kb Pdf document
29 March 2010 3-2010 Scotland's Major Population Surveys 78.2 Kb Pdf document

Update report 301.8 Kb Pdf document
2 March 2010 2-2010 Findings of the 2009 Assessment Programme 121.2 Kb Pdf document
4 February 2010 1-2010 Discussion of trends in violent crime 122 Kb Pdf document
11 June 2009 4-2009 Gender Pay Gap 665.8 Kb Pdf document

Update report 301.8 Kb Pdf document
16 March 2009 3-2009 ONS news release on UK born and non-UK born employment 147.1 Kb Pdf document
26 January 2009 2-2009 Presentation of Statistics in First Releases and Elsewhere 54.6 Kb Pdf document
6 January 2009 1-2009 Knife crime statistics – a review against the Code of Practice 78.6 Kb Pdf document
19 November 2008 2-2008 UK consistency of Hospital Waiting Times 113.7 Kb Pdf document
7 October 2008 1-2008 Volatility of the Retail Sales Index 47.1 Kb Pdf document

Update report 301.8 Kb Pdf document

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