Welcome to the Code of Practice for Statistics

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We added new case studies on the secure and effective management of pre-release access (Principle T3: Orderly release) and innovating across the production and dissemination process (Principle V4: Innovation and improvement).

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What is the Code?

The Code provides producers of official statistics with the detailed practices they must commit to when producing and releasing official statistics.

The Code ensures that the statistics published by government serve the public. When producers of official statistics comply with the Code, it gives users of statistics and citizens confidence that published government statistics are of public value, are high quality and are produced by people and organisations that are worthy of trust.

What do you want to know about the Code?

This website allows you to explore the pillars, principles and practices of the Code. It provides information about why the Code is important, and gives you access to guidance on how to apply the Code. Click on a button below to find the information that’s most helpful to you.

I produce official statistics

Detailed information about the pillars, principles and practices of the Code. Includes case studies and links to guidance.

I work in an organisation that
produces official statistics

Why the Code matters for senior leaders, policy and communications staff, and other analysts.

I use official statistics

Why the Code matters for general users of official statistics. Includes information about finding statistics and writing about statistics.

I produce other data and statistics

Why and how to voluntarily apply the pillars of the Code to data and statistics that aren’t official statistics.


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