Code of Practice for Statistics

Helpful resources – producing official statistics

The Code of Practice for Statistics website, including the guide for voluntary application of the Code, contains three types of guidance. Together, these provide a robust toolkit of best practice examples and help you to apply the pillars and principles of the Code with confidence.

  1. Guidance to aid interpretation of the pillars and principles is developed by the Office for Statistics Regulation (OSR), part of the UK Statistics Authority (UKSA). This includes a number of case studies that draw on our regulatory work across official statistics producers to showcase examples of best practice.
  2. Guidance is also developed by organisations such as the Government Statistical Service’s (GSS) Good Practice Team (GPT) and the Statistical Policies and Standards Committee (SPSC), and the National Statistician’s office. OSR partners with these organisations to ensure that their guidance is relevant to the Code and the accompanying guide for voluntary application. Links to the GSS Policy Store, which houses much of this guidance, will be provided throughout the Code website.
  3. Guidance from reputable international statistical organisations, such as Eurostat and the United Nations, are provided where appropriate.

The guidance material developed by the GSS and international statistical organisations are external to the UKSA/OSR website. These links provide relevant and useful information. By providing links to guidance developed by credible GSS and international sources OSR is endorsing these examples.

Statistics producers can choose which guidance is relevant to them, dependent on their own context and organisational processes. We encourage statistics producers to apply the Code proportionately. Individual organisations may need to consider the amount of time and resources available and guide their staff accordingly.

We will continue to work with the GSS and the National Statistician to ensure all guidance linked to the Code and the guide to voluntary application is up to date and relevant. Please contact us at regulation@statistics.gov.uk with any queries about guidance.

A one-page summary introducing the Code. It explains the framework of Trustworthiness, Quality and Value and why it’s important.

Short description of the Code

A one-page summary of how the Code has changed.

Comparison of Code 2.0 to Code 1.0 (PDF)

An Excel spreadsheet with mapping tools that allow you to compare the Code 1.0 Principles and Practices to the Code 2.0 Pillars, Principles and Practices, and vice versa. It also maps the new Code to the European Statistics Code of Practice, the United Nation’s National Quality Assurance Framework (NQAF), and to cross-cutting themes and professional groups.

Code 2.0 mapping tools (Excel spreadsheet)

Principle Description Link Source
T1: Honesty and Integrity How to report a breach against the Code of Practice for Statistics for when an organisation fails to meet the standards set out in the Code. Breaches should be reported to the Government Statistical Service's (GSS) Good Practice Team. Reporting a breach of the Code GSS
T1: Honesty and Integrity Guidance on what you need to know, the process to report a breach and the template to complete and submit to the Good Practice Team. Guidance on reporting a breach of the Code GSS
T1: Honesty and Integrity A list of the common breaches of the Code with considerations and corrective actions to take. How to avoid common breaches of the Code GSS
T1: Honesty and Integrity Examples of published breach reports. Breach reports UKSA
T1: Honesty and Integrity The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants. These are based on the core values which are set out in legislation: integrity, honesty, objectivity and impartiality. The Civil Service Code Civil Service Commission
T1: Honesty and Integrity The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe's (UNECE) Fundamental Principles of Official Statistics sets out the standards of official statistics that have been adopted at all levels of the UN. It recognises that reliable and objective information is crucial for decision making. UN Fundamental Principles of Official Statistics UNECE
T2: Independent decision making and leadership Guidance that sets out the roles and responsibilities of Heads of Profession for Statistics. Heads of Profession for Statistics have three key responsibilities: Comply with the Code of Practice for Statistics; Lead the Government Statistical Service (GSS); and Build Statistical Capability and Capacity. It includes a statement of the role of Lead Officials for Statistics and their engagement with the UK Statistical System. Roles and responsibilities of Heads of Profession for Statistics GSS
T2: Independent decision making and leadership Guidance for the Head of Profession on stopping, or changing the scope of, official statistics. The Head of Profession, as the local representative of the National Statistician within a department, is responsible for deciding who to notify and when/whether to escalate any proposed change of scope or cessation proposal to the National Statistician (usually via the Good Practice Team) or the Office for Statistics Regulation. Cessations and Changes to Scope of Official Statistics: Guidance for Heads of Profession GSS
T2: Independent decision making and leadership The Better Statistics, Better Decisions Strategy, published in October 2014, sets out the collective mission of the UK Statistics Authority (UKSA), the Office for National Statistics (ONS) and the GSS: to provide high quality statistics, analysis and advice to help Britain make better decisions. GSS strategy: Better Statistics, Better Decisions GSS
T2: Independent decision making and leadership A 2017 update of progress against the Better Statistics, Better Decisions GSS Strategy, three years after its launch. GSS strategy: Better Statistics, Better Decisions – Three Years On GSS
T2: Independent decision making and leadership The latest UKSA business plan, published in April 2018, covers the period 2018-2021. The plan outlines how the Betters Statistics, Better Decisions Strategy supports professional oversight of the UK system of official statistics and exclusive responsibility for the Office for National Statistics (ONS). UK Statistics Authority Business Plan 2018-2021 (PDF) UKSA
T2: Independent decision making and leadership A document that summarises the process to create, update and agree all GSS policies, standards, guidance and strategies. The document highlights the process required to upload documents on the Policy Store and the metadata which should be included within them. Governance for Statistical Policies, Standards and Guidance GSS
T2: Independent decision making and leadership The final report of the independent review of UK economic statistics, led by Professor Sir Charles Bean of the London School of Economics, was published in March 2016. It considers the challenges of statistical measurement in the modern economy. Independent review of UK economic statistics: final report Independent review
T3: Orderly release How to report a breach against the Code of Practice for Statistics for when an organisation fails to meet the standards set out in the Code. Breaches should be reported to the Government Statistical Service’s (GSS) Good Practice Team. Reporting a breach of the Code GSS
T3: Orderly release Guidance on what you need to know, the process to report a breach and the template to complete and submit to the Good Practice Team. Guidance on reporting a breach of the Code GSS
T3: Orderly release A list of the common breaches of the Code with considerations and corrective actions to take. How to avoid common breaches of the Code GSS
T3: Orderly release Examples of published breach reports. Breach reports UKSA
T3: Orderly release Guidance that sets out best practice advice as to how departments should treat management information (MI) in order to get maximum value from it, while protecting public trust in official statistics. National Statistician’s Guidance: Management Information and Official Statistics GSS
T3: Orderly release A list of pre-release access orders. These orders set out the principles and rules that govern pre-release access to official statistics in their final form before publication. Pre-Release Access Orders, including devolved administrations UKSA
T3: Orderly release Guidance about devolution and its impact on the work of the Government Statistical Service (GSS). It includes a checklist to help you consider how to involve other administrations. Devolution good practice GSS
T3: Orderly release Published and upcoming official statistics from across UK government, including statistical releases and data tables. gov.uk statistics release calendar UK Government
T4: Transparent processes and management The government has published a revised set of government consultation principles. These principles give clear guidance to government departments on conducting consultations. Guidance on public consultations Cabinet Office
T4: Transparent processes and management The Concordat sets out the agreed framework for co-operation between the UK Government (including the UK Statistics Authority (UKSA) and Office for National Statistics (ONS)) and devolved administrations, in relation to the production of statistics, for and within the UK, statistical standards and the statistics profession. Concordat on Statistics (between UK Government, ONS, UKSA and devolved administrations) (PDF) GSS
T4: Transparent processes and management A Government Statistical Service (GSS) webpage that outlines the expectations and legislation requirements, and describes the need for administrations to work together. Devolution and the GSS GSS
T4: Transparent processes and management Guidance about devolution and its impact on the work of the Government Statistical Service (GSS). It includes a checklist to help you consider how to involve other administrations. Devolution good practice GSS
T4: Transparent processes and management A document that summarises the process to create, update and agree all GSS policies, standards, guidance and strategies. The document highlights the process required to upload documents on the Policy Store and the metadata which should be included within them. Governance for Statistical Policies, Standards and Guidance GSS
T4: Transparent processes and management Guidance that provides a common approach to aid the clear communication of uncertainty and change. It can be applied to all sources of information, including surveys, censuses, administrative data and other sources, as well as estimates derived from a combination of these. It includes examples of good practice, as well as standard wording to be used when appropriate. This document is scheduled for revision in 2018 to reflect version 2.0 of the Code. Communicating Uncertainty and Change: Guidance for Official Statistics Producers GSS
T4: Transparent processes and management Guidance on using social media to disseminate statistics. It is designed for departments who want to get started on social media, but may also be helpful for departments already using social media. Guidance on using social media in the GSS GSS
T4: Transparent processes and management Published and upcoming official statistics from across UK government, including statistical releases and data tables. gov.uk statistics release calendar UK Government
T5: Professional capability The Government Statistical Service (GSS) website contains links to relevant news, comments from the National Statistician, the Policy Store, job vacancies, conferences, and learning and development opportunities. GSS website GSS
T5: Professional capability The Government Statistician Group (GSG) Guide to Continuing
Professional Development (CPD) is applicable to both Statisticians and Data Scientists within the Statistics profession and is intended to help you through
the process of identifying and meeting your learning and development needs.
GSG Guide to Continuous Professional Development (PDF) GSS
T5: Professional capability The GSG Competency Framework sets out what members of the statistical profession are expected to achieve in addition to the Civil Service Competency Framework (CSCF). It can be used in performance management discussions, objective setting at the start of each performance year, or when moving posts. GSG Competency Framework GSS
T5: Professional capability The Royal Statistical Society (RSS) encourages all its members, and requires its professionally qualified members, to follow a process of continuous professional review through CPD. The Society provides guidelines on minimum targets at which to aim. RSS policy on Continuing Professional Development RSS
T5: Professional capability The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe’s (UNECE) guide on Making Data Meaningful is intended as a practical tool to help managers, statisticians and media relations officers use text, and visualisations to bring statistics to life for non-statisticians. It contains suggestions, guidelines and examples. A UNECE guide to Making Data Meaningful UNECE
T5: Professional capability Guidance on statistics for policy professionals, developed by the Good Practice Team. It aims to help policy staff work effectively with statisticians and other analysts, by introducing some key ideas and concepts to help you ask the right questions when working with statistical evidence. Guidance on statistics for policy professionals GSS
T6: Data governance The Government Statistical Service’s (GSS) open data webpage contains policy and guidance, open data e-learning, examples of good practice on making data open and advice on where to go to make data open. GSS open data webpage GSS
T6: Data governance A website that provides helpful information about data protection. The Data Protection Act controls how personal information is used by organisations, businesses or the government. Data Protection Act website UK Government
T6: Data governance National Statistician’s guidance on interpreting and implementing the Principles and Practices in the Code which relate to the confidentiality of those statistics. This document is scheduled for revision in 2018 to reflect version 2.0 of the Code. National Statistician’s Guidance: Confidentiality of Official Statistics GSS
T6: Data governance Guidance from the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) for organisations on data legislation, governance and information management, including the Data Protection Act, the General Data Protection Regulation, and Freedom of Information requests. ICO guidance for organisations ICO
T6: Data governance The ICO’s anonymisation code of practice explains the issues surrounding the anonymisation of personal data, and the disclosure of data once it has been anonymised. It describes the steps an organisation can take to ensure that anonymisation is conducted effectively, while retaining useful data. ICO anonymisation code of practice ICO
T6: Data governance A guide for those who have day-to-day responsibility for data protection. It explains the purpose and effect of each principle, gives practical examples and answers frequently asked questions. ICO data protection principles ICO
T6: Data governance The UK Anonymisation Network (UKAN) offers practical advice and information to anyone who handles personal data and needs to share it. UKAN resources UKAN
T6: Data governance A series of guidance on documents on statistical disclosure control produced by GSS and the Government Social Research Profession (GSR). There is separate guidance for tables produced from administrative data, tables produced from surveys, and microdata produced from social surveys. Guidance on Statistical Disclosure Control GSS/GSR
T6: Data governance The GSS Data Strategy provides strategic direction and an overarching plan for the GSS on the data challenges it faces. It takes into consideration the wider perspective of individual departments, devolved administrations and the UK government, as well as their existing and planned activities. Data for the Public Good: GSS Data Strategy (2013) (PDF) GSS
Q1: Suitable data sources Guidance on quality assuring administrative data used to create statistics. It includes explanatory notes, case examples, FAQs, the actual toolkit (audit questionnaire), and questions to prompt thinking when conducting the audit. Quality Assurance of Administrative Data (QAAD) UKSA
Q1: Suitable data sources Guidance on quality assuring management information (MI) – aggregate information collated during the normal course of business to inform operational delivery, policy development or the management of performance. It includes examples of the practices to use. Quality Assurance of Management Information (QAMI) UKSA
Q1: Suitable data sources Another way to access the QAAD and QAMI guidance. Administrative data and official statistics (QAAD and QAMI) UKSA
Q1: Suitable data sources Guidelines that aid producers in the production of official statistics. They include information about measuring and reporting statistical quality, quality assurance, and reporting metadata. GSS Quality Guidelines GSS
Q2: Sound methods A resource for official statistics producers to develop their knowledge and understanding of the broad range of methodological approaches used across the Government Statistical Service (GSS). GSS methodology webpage GSS
Q2: Sound methods Guidelines that aid producers in the production of official statistics. They include information about measuring and reporting statistical quality, quality assurance, and reporting metadata. GSS Quality Guidelines GSS
Q2: Sound methods Guidance that sets out the UK Statistics Authority (UKSA) policy on experimental statistics. Experimental statistics are a subset of new developed or innovative official statistics undergoing evaluation. The guidance sets out when to use the experimental statistics label, when to introduce experimental statistics, and removal of the experimental statistics label. Guidance on Experimental Statistics GSS
Q2: Sound methods National Statistician’s guidance on interpreting and implementing the principles and practices of Code which relate to the quality and methodological basis of their official statistics. This document is scheduled for revision in 2018 to reflect version 2.0 of the Code. National Statistician’s Guidance: Quality, Methods, and Harmonisation (2009) GSS
Q2: Sound methods A webpage with links to a series of guidance documents on harmonisation, including what harmonisation is and its aims, the Harmonisation Handbook and the GSS Harmonised Principles. Harmonisation within the GSS webpage GSS
Q2: Sound methods A one-page guide for authors and reviewers on how to conduct an effective peer review of statistics. It contains information on why a peer review is helpful, what the process can look like, and questions to ask. Hints and Tips: Conducting a Peer Review GSS
Q2: Sound methods Information on a range of statistical classifications and standards, including the UK Standard Industrial Classification of Economic Activities, the Standard occupational classification, Economic statistics classifications, and other national and international classifications. Statistical classifications ONS
Q2: Sound methods Guidance on collecting and classifying data on ethnic group, national identity, religion, and sexual identity, and an overview of ONS’s work on gender identity. Guidance on measuring equality ONS
Q2: Sound methods Guidance that provides a common approach to aid the clear communication of uncertainty and change. It can be applied to all sources of information, including surveys, censuses, administrative data and other sources, as well as estimates derived from a combination of these. It includes examples of good practice, as well as standard wording to be used when appropriate. This document is scheduled for revision in 2018 to reflect version 2.0 of the Code. Communicating Uncertainty and Change: Guidance for Official Statistics Producers GSS
Q2: Sound methods Guidance on how to use a standard and straightforward way of assessing comparability of their statistics with other parts of the UK. It also allows users to better understand what is comparable so that they can quickly get to the numbers they want. Guidance on comparing official statistics across the UK GSS
Q2: Sound methods Guidance for government analysts on when and how to use quota sampling. The target audience is government analysts involved with quota surveys – whether commissioning research, designing and running surveys, or interpreting the results to inform policy colleagues. Government Social Research (GSR) quota sampling guidance GSR
Q2: Sound methods The European Statistics Code of Practice, adopted by the European Statistical System (ESS), aims to ensure that statistics produced within the ESS are not only relevant, timely and accurate but also comply with principles of professional independence, impartiality and objectivity. The Code of Practice for Statistics is aligned with the ESS Code of Practice. European Statistics Code of Practice (2011 edition) Eurostat
Q2: Sound methods Information on all main international statistical methods and classifications used by the United Nations (UN). UN international classifications UN
Q2: Sound methods A UN list of agreed international statistical principles and good practice tips that will enhance the functioning of the international statistical system. The Code of Practice for Statistics is aligned with these principles. UN principles governing international statistical activities UN
Q2: Sound methods The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe’s (UNECE) Fundamental Principles of Official Statistics sets out the standards of official statistics that have been adopted at all levels of the UN. It recognises that reliable and objective information is crucial for decision making. UN Fundamental Principles of Official Statistics UNECE
Q3: Assured quality Guidance on quality assuring administrative data used to create statistics. It includes explanatory notes, case examples, FAQs, the actual toolkit (audit questionnaire), and questions to prompt thinking when conducting the audit. Quality Assurance of Administrative Data (QAAD) UKSA
Q3: Assured quality Guidance on quality assuring management information – aggregate information collated during the normal course of business to inform operational delivery, policy development or the management of performance. It includes examples of the practices to use. Quality Assurance of Management Information (QAMI) UKSA
Q3: Assured quality Another way to access the QAAD and QAMI guidance. Administrative data and official statistics (QAAD and QAMI) UKSA
Q3: Assured quality Guidelines that aid producers in the production of official statistics. They include information about measuring and reporting statistical quality, quality assurance, and reporting metadata. GSS Quality Guidelines GSS
Q3: Assured quality National Statistician’s guidance on interpreting and implementing the principles and practices of Code which relate to the quality and methodological basis of their official statistics. This document is scheduled for revision in 2018 to reflect version 2.0 of the Code. National Statistician’s Guidance: Quality, Methods, and Harmonisation (2009) GSS
Q3: Assured quality A webpage with links to a series of guidance documents on harmonisation, including what harmonisation is and its aims, the Harmonisation Handbook and the GSS Harmonised Principles. Harmonisation within the GSS webpage GSS
Q3: Assured quality Guidance that provides a common approach to aid the clear communication of uncertainty and change. It can be applied to all sources of information, including surveys, censuses, administrative data and other sources, as well as estimates derived from a combination of these. It includes examples of good practice, as well as standard wording to be used when appropriate. This document is scheduled for revision in 2018 to reflect version 2.0 of the Code. Communicating Uncertainty and Change: Guidance for Official Statistics Producers GSS
Q3: Assured quality Guidance for producing quality analysis for government. It is used by the UK Government Policy Profession. For those within the Policy Profession, the Code of Practice for Statistics does not supercede the Aqua Book, but complements it. The Aqua Book UK Government
Q3: Assured quality A template developed by the United Nations (UN) to help countries develop and implement national quality frameworks of their own, or to build on existing ones. The website includes a list of tools and resources. UN Generic National Quality Assurance Framework (NQAF) UN
Q3: Assured quality The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe’s (UNECE) handbook for using administrative and secondary sources for official statistics provides international methodological guidelines to help those in the early stages of using administrative data. UNECE Using Administrative and Secondary Sources for Official Statistics: A Handbook of Principles and Practices (2011) UNECE
Q3: Assured quality A supporting document to assist producers with implementing the European Statistics Code of Practice. It contains recommendations on activities, methods and tools that facilitate the practical and effective implementation of quality. Quality Assurance Framework of the European Statistical System (PDF) Eurostat
Q3: Assured quality A handbook with recommendations on how to prepare comprehensive quality reports for the full range of statistical processes and their output. It also provides detailed guidelines and examples of quality reporting practices. European Statistical System (ESS) Handbook for Quality Reports (PDF) Eurostat
V1: Relevance to users A webpage that brings together resources about working with users of statistics, including guidance documents, case studies from GSS departments and links to useful external content. Guidance on working with users GSS
V1: Relevance to users Guidance that presents recommendations for improving user engagement alongside case studies, examples of good practice, and links to further resources. Guidance on improving user engagement for official statistics (2012) GSS
V1: Relevance to users Practical guidance and other resources about communicating and disseminating official statistics. There is also information about networks and events that you get involved in to help improve the way you communicate statistics. Guidance on communicating statistics GSS
V1: Relevance to users Guidance on how to use a standard and straightforward way of assessing comparability of their statistics with other parts of the UK. It also allows users to better understand what is comparable so that they can quickly get to the numbers they want. Guidance on comparing official statistics across the UK GSS
V1: Relevance to users Guidance that provides a common approach to aid the clear communication of uncertainty and change. It can be applied to all sources of information, including surveys, censuses, administrative data and other sources, as well as estimates derived from a combination of these. It includes examples of good practice, as well as standard wording to be used when appropriate. This document is scheduled for revision in 2018 to reflect version 2.0 of the Code. Communicating Uncertainty and Change: Guidance for Official Statistics Producers GSS
V1: Relevance to users Guidance for statistical output areas across the GSS for best practice in relation to the release of statistical publications. This document is scheduled for revision in 2018 to reflect version 2.0 of the Code. Guidance for the GSS on Preparing First Releases GSS
V1: Relevance to users A blog about the work by the Department for Work and Pension’s (DWP) Client Statistics Branch to develop a variety of formats for releasing their statistics, to cover a wide range of users' needs. GSS data blog: Transforming the release of statistics in DWP GSS
V1: Relevance to users A GSS blog about Ofqual's statistics transformation programme in early 2017 to refresh its releases. The objectives were to make their statistics more engaging, informative and targeted to different types of users. GSS data blog: Ofqual statistics transformation programme GSS
V1: Relevance to users The government has published a revised set of government consultation principles. These principles give clear guidance to government departments on conducting consultations. Guidance on public consultations Cabinet Office
V1: Relevance to users Government Digital Service (GDS) guidance on using social media in the public sector. It aims to raise awareness of the digital transformation of government services and to share GDS best practice. Social Media Playbook GDS
V1: Relevance to users A tool developed by the Medical Research Council, Chief Scientist Office and the University of Glasgow that guides readers through a series of questions to help them to review and interpret published health research papers. Understanding Health Research tool Medical Research Council
V1: Relevance to users A guide by the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) that helps producers of statistics explain the sources and methods for producing statistics (metadata). Getting the Facts Right: A guide to presenting metadata (PDF) UNECE
V2: Accessibility Practical guidance and other resources about communicating and disseminating official statistics. There is also information about networks and events that you get involved in to help improve the way you communicate statistics. Guidance on communicating statistics GSS
V2: Accessibility Guidance for producers of official statistics who need to design graphs and tables that are clear, consistent, informative and easy to use. It sets out some principles to think about when visualising and presenting statistical data and illustrates them with examples. Guidance on producing effective graphs and tables in official statistics GSS
V2: Accessibility Guidance on how to display statistics in spreadsheets and release statistics in open formats. Releasing Statistics in Spreadsheets: Good Practice Guidance GSS
V2: Accessibility Guidance that sets out best practice advice as to how departments should treat management information (MI) in order to get maximum value from it, while protecting public trust in official statistics. National Statistician’s Guidance: Management Information and Official Statistics GSS
V2: Accessibility The Government Statistical Service’s (GSS) open data webpage contains policy and guidance, open data e-learning, examples of good practice on making data open and advice on where to go to make data open. GSS open data webpage GSS
V2: Accessibility A document setting out the GSS’s ambitions for producing open data. This document is scheduled for revision in 2018 to reflect version 2.0 of the Code. Open Data and the Government Statistical Service GSS
V2: Accessibility Guidance on using social media to disseminate statistics. It is designed for departments who want to get started on social media, but may also be helpful for departments already using social media. Guidance on using social media in the GSS GSS
V2: Accessibility A GSS blog about the work by the Department for Work and Pension’s (DWP) Client Statistics Branch to develop a variety of formats for releasing their statistics, to cover a wide range of users' needs. GSS data blog: Transforming the release of statistics in DWP GSS
V2: Accessibility A list of pre-release access orders. These orders set out the principles and rules that govern pre-release access to official statistics in their final form before publication. Pre-Release Access Orders, including devolved administrations UKSA
V2: Accessibility Published and upcoming official statistics from across UK government, including statistical releases and data tables. gov.uk statistics release calendar UK Government
V2: Accessibility A Government Digital Service (GDS) blog about understanding accessibility. GDS blog: What we mean when we talk about accessibility GDS
V2: Accessibility A GDS blog with tips for designing outputs for a variety of users such as screen readers and those with dyslexia, low vision and physical or motor disabilities. GDS blog: Do’s and don’ts designing for accessibility GDS
V2: Accessibility A GDS blog with tips on how to think about colour use in your webpages GDS blog: Colour contrast and why does it matter GDS
V2: Accessibility A GDS blog discussing the need to consider the access needs of other people before you can confidently say that your service is accessible. GDS blog: Consider the range of people that will use your product or service GDS
V2: Accessibility A guide by the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) that helps producers of statistics explain the sources and methods for producing statistics (metadata). Getting the Facts Right: A guide to presenting metadata (PDF) UNECE
V2: Accessibility The UN's Common Metadata Framework concentrates on practical and theoretical aspects of statistical metadata systems. UN Common Metadata Framework UN
V3: Clarity and insight Practical guidance and other resources about communicating and disseminating official statistics. There is also information about networks and events that you get involved in to help improve the way you communicate statistics. Guidance on communicating statistics GSS
V3: Clarity and insight Guidance on how to use a standard and straightforward way of assessing comparability of their statistics with other parts of the UK. It also allows users to better understand what is comparable so that they can quickly get to the numbers they want. Guidance on comparing official statistics across the UK GSS
V3: Clarity and insight Guidance for producers of official statistics who need to design graphs and tables that are clear, consistent, informative and easy to use. It sets out some principles to think about when visualising and presenting statistical data and illustrates them with examples. Guidance on producing effective graphs and tables in official statistics GSS
V3: Clarity and insight Guidance on how to display statistics in spreadsheets and release statistics in open formats. Releasing Statistics in Spreadsheets: Good Practice Guidance GSS
V3: Clarity and insight National Statistician’s guidance on interpreting and implementing the principles and practices of Code which relate to the quality and methodological basis of their official statistics. This document is scheduled for revision in 2018 to reflect version 2.0 of the Code. National Statistician’s Guidance: Quality, Methods, and Harmonisation (2009) GSS
V3: Clarity and insight A webpage with links to a series of guidance documents on harmonisation, including what harmonisation is and its aims, the Harmonisation Handbook and the GSS Harmonised Principles. Harmonisation within the GSS webpage GSS
V3: Clarity and insight Guidance for statistical output areas across the GSS for best practice in relation to the release of statistical publications. This document is scheduled for revision in 2018 to reflect version 2.0 of the Code. Guidance for the GSS on Preparing First Releases GSS
V3: Clarity and insight A document setting out the GSS’s ambitions for producing open data. This document is scheduled for revision in 2018 to reflect version 2.0 of the Code. Open Data and the Government Statistical Service (2012) GSS
V3: Clarity and insight The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe’s (UNECE) guide on Making Data Meaningful is intended as a practical tool to help managers, statisticians and media relations officers use text, and visualisations to bring statistics to life for non-statisticians. It contains suggestions, guidelines and examples. A UNECE guide to Making Data Meaningful UNECE
V4: Innovation and improvement A resource for official statistics producers to develop their knowledge and understanding of the broad range of methodological approaches used across the Government Statistical Service (GSS). GSS methodology webpage GSS
V4: Innovation and improvement National Statistician’s guidance on interpreting and implementing the principles and practices of Code which relate to the quality and methodological basis of their official statistics. This document is scheduled for revision in 2018 to reflect version 2.0 of the Code. National Statistician’s Guidance: Quality, Methods, and Harmonisation (2009) GSS
V4: Innovation and improvement A webpage with links to a series of guidance documents on harmonisation, including what harmonisation is and its aims, the Harmonisation Handbook and the GSS Harmonised Principles. Harmonisation within the GSS webpage GSS
V4: Innovation and improvement Guidance that sets out the UK Statistics Authority (UKSA) policy on experimental statistics. Experimental statistics are a subset of new developed or innovative official statistics undergoing evaluation. The guidance sets out when to use the experimental statistics label, when to introduce experimental statistics, and removal of the experimental statistics label. Guidance on Experimental Statistics GSS
V4: Innovation and improvement A GSS blog about the work by the Department for Work and Pension’s (DWP) Client Statistics Branch to develop a variety of formats for releasing their statistics, to cover a wide range of users' needs. GSS data blog: Transforming the release of statistics in DWP GSS
V4: Innovation and improvement Guidance on using social media to disseminate statistics. It is designed for departments who want to get started on social media, but may also be helpful for departments already using social media. Guidance on using social media in the GSS GSS
V4: Innovation and improvement Government Digital Service (GDS) guidance on using social media in the public sector. It aims to raise awareness of the digital transformation of government services and to share GDS best practice. Social Media Playbook GDS
V4: Innovation and improvement Guidance on the UK Government's design principles and examples of how they've been used, from starting with user needs to designing with data. Government design principles UK Government
V5: Efficiency and proportionality The Government Statistical Service’s (GSS) open data webpage contains policy and guidance, open data e-learning, examples of good practice on making data open and advice on where to go to make data open. GSS open data webpage GSS
V5: Efficiency and proportionality A document setting out the GSS’s ambitions for producing open data. This document is scheduled for revision in 2018 to reflect version 2.0 of the Code. Open data and the Government Statistical Service (2012) GSS
V5: Efficiency and proportionality National Statistician’s guidance on interpreting and implementing the principles and practices of Code which relate to the quality and methodological basis of their official statistics. This document is scheduled for revision in 2018 to reflect version 2.0 of the Code. National Statistician’s Guidance: Quality, Methods, and Harmonisation (2009) GSS
V5: Efficiency and proportionality A webpage with links to a series of guidance documents on harmonisation, including what harmonisation is and its aims, the Harmonisation Handbook and the GSS Harmonised Principles. Harmonisation within the GSS webpage GSS
V5: Efficiency and proportionality The GSS Data Strategy provides strategic direction and an overarching plan for the GSS on the data challenges it faces. It takes into consideration the wider perspective of individual departments, devolved administrations and the UK government, as well as their existing and planned activities. Data for the Public Good: GSS Data Strategy (2013) (PDF) GSS
V5: Efficiency and proportionality Guidance that sets out best practice advice as to how departments should treat management information (MI) in order to get maximum value from it, while protecting public trust in official statistics. National Statistician’s Guidance: Management Information and Official Statistics UKSA
V5: Efficiency and proportionality The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe’s (UNECE) handbook for using administrative and secondary sources for official statistics provides international methodological guidelines to help those in the early stages of using administrative data. Using Administrative and Secondary Sources for Official Statistics: A Handbook of Principles and Practices (2011) UNECE
V5: Efficiency and proportionality The Government Statistical Service's (GSS) open data webpage contains policy and guidance, open data e-learning, examples of good practice on making data open and advice on where to go to make data open. GSS open data webpage GSS
V5: Efficiency and proportionality A document setting out the GSS's ambitions for producing open data and what it is looking to achieve in this area. Open data and the Government Statistical Service (2012) (PDF) GSS
V5: Efficiency and proportionality National Statistician's guidance on interpreting and implementing the principles and practices of Code of Practice 1.0. This document will be updated to better reflect Code of Practice 2.0, but producers will still find it useful. National Statistician's Guidance: Quality, Methods, and Harmonisation (2009) (PDF) UKSA
V5: Efficiency and proportionality A webpage with links to a series of guidance documents on harmonisation, including what harmonisation is and its aims, the Harmonisation Handbook and the GSS Harmonised Principles. Harmonisation within the GSS webpage GSS
V5: Efficiency and proportionality A quarterly newsletter that provides updates on harmonisation practice in business and social surveys and any other relevant information. GSS harmonisation newsletter GSS
V5: Efficiency and proportionality The GSS Data Strategy provides strategic direction and an overarching plan for the GSS on the data challenges it faces. It takes into consideration the wider perspective of individual departments, devolved administrations and the UK government, as well as their existing and planned activities. Data for the Public Good: GSS Data Strategy (2013) (PDF) GSS
V5: Efficiency and proportionality National Statistician's guidance on the publication and release of management information (MI) and official statistics. Includes information on the value of MI and the importance of proportionality and equality of access. National Statistician's Guidance: Management Information and Official Statistics (PDF) UKSA
V5: Efficiency and proportionality The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe's (UNECE) handbook for using administrative and secondary sources for official statistics provides international methodological guidelines to help those in the early stages of using administrative data. Using Administrative and Secondary Sources for Official Statistics: A Handbook of Principles and Practices (2011) UNECE

 

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