The Conference will include a market place of stalls to showcase interesting and innovative statistical activity.
Department for International Trade: UN Comtrade Data Visualisation tool
The Department for International Trade (DIT) secure UK and global prosperity by promoting and financing international trade and investment, and championing free trade. We are an international economic department, responsible for bringing together policy, promotion and financial expertise to break down barriers to trade and investment, and help businesses succeed. We are also delivering a new trade policy framework for the UK as we leave the EU and promoting British trade (goods and services) and investment across the world.
ONS Data Science Campus
The modern economy provides both the challenge of measuring fast-evolving forms of economic activity, and the opportunity to exploit huge amounts of new data and information to help policymakers, researchers and businesses.
The ONS Data Science Campus has been created to respond to this challenge and will act as a hub for the whole of the UK public and private sectors to gain practical advantage from the increased investment in data science research and capability building.
Launching at the headquarters of the Office for National Statistics in Newport, the Data Science Campus will help cement the UK’s reputation as an international leader in this field.
The goal of the Campus will be to build a new generation of tools and technologies to exploit the growth and availability of innovative data sources and to provide rich informed measurement and analyses on the economy, the global environment and wider society.
The Data Science Campus will build an extensive network with academic partners throughout the UK and beyond, providing funding opportunities for PhD candidates and deliver joint research programmes with national and international partners.
Our vision is to achieve a world-leading STEM education for all young people across the UK.
Supported by a unique partnership of Government, charitable trusts and employers, we are dedicated to raising young people’s engagement and achievement in STEM subjects and careers.
STEM Ambassadors are volunteers from a wide range of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) related jobs and disciplines across the UK.
They offer their time and enthusiasm to help bring STEM subjects to life and demonstrate the value of them in life and careers.
STEM Ambassadors are an important and exciting free of charge resource for teachers and others engaging with young people inside and out of the classroom.
From CPD to STEM Ambassadors, all of our programmes are designed to have a positive impact on teachers, technicians and others working with young people.
We are dedicated to providing high-quality support to educators, ensuring young people receive the best possible STEM education.
Natural Capital at the Office for National Statistics
Natural capital looks at the elements of nature that provide benefit to people. The natural capital accounts offer a consistent way of monitoring our natural assets and can help identify the drivers of ecosystem change.
To measure natural capital the Office for National Statistics is developing eight broad habitat-based ecosystem accounts (mountain, moorland and heath (MMH), woodlands, farmland, freshwater, coastal margins, marine, urban, and semi-natural grassland), plus cross-cutting accounts, including peatlands. The accounts link the natural assets to the benefits they provide, such as clean air, flood protection and water.
We need these natural capital accounts as Gross Domestic Product only tells us part of our economic story. It hides and excludes services provided by natural capital and only focuses on flows, not stocks. We can also monitor losses and gains in our natural capital and provide an integrated information set for further analysis of economy-environment interactions. The accounts can inform resourcing and management decisions and highlight links with economic activity and pressures on natural capital.
The aim for the UK by 2020 is to produce a comprehensive set of habitat accounts that are integrated with and underpin the high-level UK estimates.
UK Sustainable Development Goals Team
We are responsible for reporting the UK’s contribution to the global progress of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). We:
- source existing or develop new data for the global indicators
- provide UK data to the international organisations responsible for reporting harmonised global statistics
- analyse UK data to put the numbers into context to explain who is, or isn’t, being ‘left behind’
- make our data available to all using our open source reporting platform
- work with colleagues from National Statistical Institutions across the World and international agencies to tackle the challenges of SDG reporting together
We continue to develop our National Reporting Platform (NRP) in collaboration with the US Government and the Center for Open Data Enterprise (CODE). It presents the UK’s SDG data, including disaggregated data that can be downloaded or viewed online in tables, charts and maps. We are proud to work with our partner countries, the Ghana Statistical Service and the National Institute of Statistics Rwanda to develop their own NRPs.
We are also active members in international groups such as the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Steering Group on Statistics for SDGs and its task forces on data flows, national reporting and communicating SDG statistics.
The 2021 Census Outputs and Dissemination Team is responsible for determining the range of data products and services that will be made available following the 2021 Census.
We’ve listened to our users following the 2011 Census. We’re currently planning to publish 2021 Census data on the ONS website in a combination of pre-determined univariate tables. We’re also considering a web-based interactive dissemination system where users can specify the data they need.
This will mean the 2021 Census data are:
- flexible – the web-based interactive dissemination system would allow users to be able to build their own tables, selecting the geography, population base and variables they need
- timely – we’ll aim to disseminate national- and local authority-level estimates for England and Wales within 12 months of census day, and all other estimates within 24 months of census day
- accessible – we’ll aim to host the web-based interactive dissemination system through the ONS website, meaning that most census data will be available from one location and follow Government Digital Service guidelines on accessibility
Through our plans, we aim to enable our data users to meet earlier deadlines, allow greater time for analysis and deliver data that are more specific to their needs.
We’ll also publish origin-destination data, microdata samples and enhanced census outputs. We’ll aim to achieve National Statistics Accreditation for all our outputs.
UK Department for Education
We are a ministerial department supported by 19 agencies and public bodies and non-ministerial departments.
The Department for Education is responsible for children’s services and education, including early years, schools, higher and further education policy, apprenticeships and wider skills in England.
Our vision is to provide world-class education, training and care for everyone, whatever their background.
It will make sure that everyone has the chance to reach their potential, and live a more fulfilled life.
It will also create a more productive economy, so that our country is fit for the future.
We’ll develop world-class education with the following principles:
- ensure our academic standards match and keep pace with key comparator nations
- strive to bring our technical education standards in line with leading international systems
- ensure that education builds character, resilience and well-being
Race Disparity Unit
We believe that how far you go in life should be based on your talent and how hard you work and nothing else.
That was the ambition set out by the Prime Minister on the steps of Downing Street in July 2016, and it remains this Government’s abiding mission to tackle burning injustices.
Meeting this challenge requires taking a hard look at how people of all ethnic groups are treated across our public services.
Britain has come a long way in spreading equality and opportunity, but we want to go further. The UK collects a wealth of ethnicity data. But collecting the data is not enough.
We must ensure data is published, accessible, transparent and, most of all, used to inform how we can improve our country for all.
That’s why the Prime Minister ordered the Race Disparity Audit to examine how people of different backgrounds are treated across areas including health, education, employment and the criminal justice system.
Titchfield City Group on Ageing
In 2015 there were 901 million people aged 60 years and over worldwide, representing 12.3% of the global population. By 2030, this will have increased to 1.4 billion or 16.4% and by 2050, it will have increased to 2.1 billion or 21.3% of the global population. Older people are an increasing proportion of our populations and should be considered in decisions about society, the economy and service provision, but there is a problem. There are not enough data sources that tell us about the lives of older people and the impact of an ageing population.
How will countries measure progress towards SDGs for older people when so many data sources either do not include older people or group them all together, hiding differences and diversity? The Titchfield City Group will address this by developing standardised tools and methods, and to encourage countries to use these to produce comparable ageing and age-disaggregated data and to apply them for policy-making. The Group was officially endorsed by the UN Statistics Commission in March 2018 and held its first technical meeting in June. There are several strands of work, which depend upon international collaboration to progress. The Group is led by the UK’s Office for National Statistics and consists of members from NSOs covering all world regions, UN agencies, civil society and academia.
UN Global Platform for Data, Services and Applications
The United Nations Global Platform for Official Statistics is a collaborative research and development environment for trusted data, methods, services and applications. It builds on partnerships between the global statistical community and technology companies, data providers and academia and shows that using Big Data with the latest technologies will improve the quality and relevance of official statistics.
The UN Global Platform for Official Statistics aims to provide scale and scalability for access to and capacity building in the use of Big Data and its integration with administrative sources, geospatial information and traditional survey and census data, and for use of the related services, applications and infrastructure. In terms of products and services, the Global Platform aims to:
- facilitate the access to and the use of information technology infrastructure and proprietary data sources
- host specific global data sets, such as satellite data, data from mobile phone providers or social media data, and host projects with global character, such as a global register of enterprise groups and bilateral or multi-lateral data asymmetries for all countries.
- store and give access to new open source applications for the use of multi-source data sets for more timely and flexible production
- processes for official statistics
- Provide training and capacity building services in the use of new data sources in the statistical production
Economic Statistics Centre
Economic Statistics Centre of Excellence
While economic statistics play an unprecedentedly large part in public debate, and many experts make use of them, the UK did not – until recently – have a dedicated academic centre of expertise. All this changed with the creation of the Economic Statistic Centre of Excellence (ESCoE), an investment by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) in response to the findings of the Bean Review.
ESCoE is made up of a consortium of leading institutions led by the National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR) with King’s College London, innovation foundation Nesta, University of Cambridge, Warwick Business School (University of Warwick) and Strathclyde Business School. The researchers and institutions in our partnership have a long-standing history of collaboration with one another and with the ONS.
ESCoE’s focus will be to provide analysis of emerging and future issues in measuring the modern economy. The centre will offer the capacity for fundamental methodological and conceptual work, which will include best ways to address the challenge of measuring new forms of economic activity in a globalised world, meeting the needs for local area statistics and the productivity puzzle.
The ODI Fellowship Scheme places postgraduate economists and statisticians in public sector posts in developing countries on two-year contracts. ODI Fellows are employed and paid by the governments they work for and their work programmes are determined and managed by local civil servants.
The ODI Fellowship Scheme has two objectives:
- to provide governments of developing countries with high-calibre early career professional economists and statisticians where gaps in local capacity exist.
- to provide postgraduate economists and statisticians with practical work experience in a developing country.
Postings are determined primarily by the needs of the Scheme’s partner governments. The ODI Fellowship Scheme posts Fellows under two streams: economics and statistics. The number of Fellows posted every year has grown from three in 1963 to 45 in 2018, with over 100 Fellows currently in post. In 2018 the ODI Fellowship Scheme operated in 28 low- and middle-income countries in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, and the Pacific, most of them English, French, Portuguese or Swahili speaking. Applications for the 2019-2021 cohort close on 2nd December 2018.
UN Refugee Agency
The United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) is mandated to lead and co-ordinate international action to protect refugees and resolve refugee problems worldwide. It strives to ensure that everyone can exercise the right to seek asylum and find safe refuge in another State, with the option to return home voluntarily, integrate locally or to resettle in a third country. It also has a mandate to help stateless people. In more than six decades, the agency has helped tens of millions of people restart their lives. The UNHCR statistics-related mission is to provide the data and methodologies to monitor trends in forced displacement and statelessness at the national, regional and global level. It maintains close linkages with all UNHCR country offices, the relevant national statistical authorities and international organizations (UN, EU, etc.) and cooperates with institutions, researchers and experts in the area of global forced displacement, refugees, asylum and statelessness. The statistics team produces population statistics on UNHCR’s populations of concern with ‘Global Trends’ the flagship publication (www.unhcr.org/globaltrends2017), engages with external processes such as the Expert Group on Refugee and IDP Statistics (ec.europa.eu/eurostat/web/expert-group-on-refugee-statistics ) and supports field operations in applied statistical techniques.
ONS International Development Team
Vision: ONS experts provide high quality technical assistance to build the capacity of statistical systems in developing countries, as a part of core business, in a strategic and well-planned way.
We have established a DFID / ONS Partnership programme for the Modernisation of Official Statistics. This programme aims to have a demonstrative effect on three DFID priority countries – Rwanda, Ghana and Kenya. We partner with UNECA to help them reposition themselves as a resource for NSOs as they modernise. We also provide short – term support to complement UK aid efforts in areas where ONS has a comparative advantage. We utilise the talent and experience of ONS to support better statistics and better decisions in developing countries.
Office for Statistics Regulation
The Office for Statistics Regulation is the regulatory arm of the UK Statistics Authority. We provide independent regulation of all official statistics produced in the UK. Statistics are an essential public asset. We aim to enhance public confidence in the trustworthiness, quality and value of statistics produced by government.
We aim to enhance public confidence in the trustworthiness, quality and value of statistics produced by government.
We use a range of tools to do this:
- Assessment: We assess official statistics against the Code of Practice for Statistics. If the statistics comply in full with the Code, we designate them as National Statistics. This indicates that they meet the highest standards of trustworthiness, quality and value.
- Compliance checks: Shorter pieces of work than assessments. They provide a high-level review of the extent to which the statistics meet the highest standards of trustworthiness, quality and value.
- Systemic reviews: We carry out systemic reviews when we want to improve the public value of a set of statistics or examine a cross-cutting statistical issue.
- Casework: We use our voice to stand up for statistics and to represent the public. We monitor and report publicly where we have concerns about the dissemination and use of statistic
We have a number of policies that guide our regulatory work:
- Our regulatory approach: this document describes our regulatory activities in relation to official statistics, as well as to the voluntary application of the Code.
- Our regulatory activity: this document explains how we decide on our portfolio of regulatory activity and which of our regulatory tools to use.
- Publication policy: this document sets out the practices we commit to when we publish documents.
- Conflict of Interest Policy: this document sets out the approach the Office for Statistics Regulation (OSR) takes to managing conflicts of interest for individual members of staff.
Our Policy and Standards team develops policies and standards related to the Code of Practice for Statistics.
Group on Earth Observations
The Group on Earth Observations (GEO) is an intergovernmental organization working to improve the availability, access and use of Earth observations (EO) for the benefit of society.
GEO works to actively improve and coordinate global EO systems and promote broad, open data sharing. GEO’s 105 Members countries and 127 Participating Organizations work together to develop and implement projects and initiatives that solve global problems. By making data and information open and accessible to decision makers, smart policies are developed.
In addition to the 60+ Work Programme activities being implemented under GEO, the GEO community is creating a Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS) and has already made available over 400 million data and information resources (www.geoportal.org).
GEO’s global priorities include supporting the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, and the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction. It does this through advocating for and making available broad, open Earth observations to support informed decisions and action.
The GEO Highlights report showcases some exemplary efforts the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) community has made over the past year transforming Earth observations into knowledge and tools for sustainable development.
The Royal Statistical Society
The Royal Statistical Society (RSS) is one of the world’s leading organisations to promote the importance of statistics and data in society. We are a global community of over 9,000 statisticians and data scientists, working together to achieve our vision of a world where data are at the heart of understanding and decision-making. We are a learned society and professional body, working with and for our members to promote statistical literacy, share best practice, and support the profession
Membership of the RSS is open to anyone who wants to get involved in our community. Joining as a member enables you to have a collective voice to help shape policy, gives you a forum to network with government and non-government statisticians at the international and local level, and also helps with your professional development through local group and sector specific events, the RSS Annual Conference, training, and our renowned publications (Significance magazine and Journal of the Royal Statistical Society). To find out more, please visit www.rss.org.uk/join.
Ordnance Survey are the national mapping agency for Great Britain. We produce digital map data, online route planning and sharing services and mobile apps, plus many other location-based products so you know exactly where you are. We are a government-owned organisation and our symbiotic relationship with our shareholder, HM Government, is such that under the Public Sector Mapping Agreement (PSMA) and One Scotland Mapping Agreement (OSMA), we provide a hugely valuable service. For a single payment from HMG, every part of government can use our resources free of charge.
Ordnance Survey International
Ordnance Survey International is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Ordnance Survey (OS) – Britain’s mapping agency. Respected around the world, OS has been on its own journey for change in its 224-year history. At Ordnance Survey International we can help make OS products, services and data more accessible, ranging from strategy formulation to geospatial data capture, to product development and marketing. Sharing the lessons learnt from an enterprise-wide investment programme in people, processes and technology, we help other organisations benefit from accurate geographic information (GI) and its multi-million pound potential.
The Inclusive Data Charter
The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development includes a commitment to Leave No One Behind. Developed by a task team set up by the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data (GPSDD), the Inclusive Data Charter is a mechanism to improve the quality, quantity, financing, and availability of inclusive and disaggregated data as well as the capacity and capability to produce and use it. It is hoped that between now and 2030, the charter will spur countries and organisations to accelerate action on data disaggregation and encourage others to do the same.
The charter includes two parts: a high-level vision with five principles that countries and organisations are asked to sign up to; and a tailored action plan that each of those signing up must develop themselves. The charter has been designed to enable a wide range of countries and organisations to sign up, creating a broad movement in support of inclusive data.
The IDC was launched at a side event during HLPF in New York in July 2018. Those already signed up to the Charter include the governments of Ghana, the UK, Colombia, the Philippines, and Kenya; and a number of organisations such as the World Bank, UNICEF, Development Initiatives and Sightsavers.
For more information, please see: www.data4sdgs.org/initiatives/inclusive-data-charter