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)

PrincipleDescriptionLinkSource
T1: Honesty and IntegrityHow 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 CodeGSS
T1: Honesty and IntegrityGuidance 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 CodeGSS
T1: Honesty and IntegrityA list of the common breaches of the Code with considerations and corrective actions to take.How to avoid common breaches of the CodeGSS
T1: Honesty and IntegrityExamples of published breach reports.Breach reportsUKSA
T1: Honesty and IntegrityThe 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 CodeCivil Service Commission
T1: Honesty and IntegrityThe 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 StatisticsUNECE
T2: Independent decision making and leadershipGuidance 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 StatisticsGSS
T2: Independent decision making and leadershipGuidance 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 ProfessionGSS
T2: Independent decision making and leadershipThe 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 DecisionsGSS
T2: Independent decision making and leadershipA 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 OnGSS
T2: Independent decision making and leadershipThe 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 leadershipA 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 GuidanceGSS
T2: Independent decision making and leadershipThe 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 reportIndependent review
T3: Orderly releaseHow 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 CodeGSS
T3: Orderly releaseGuidance 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 CodeGSS
T3: Orderly releaseA list of the common breaches of the Code with considerations and corrective actions to take.How to avoid common breaches of the CodeGSS
T3: Orderly releaseExamples of published breach reports.Breach reportsUKSA
T3: Orderly releaseGuidance 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 StatisticsGSS
T3: Orderly releaseA 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 administrationsUKSA
T3: Orderly releaseGuidance 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 practiceGSS
T3: Orderly releasePublished and upcoming official statistics from across UK government, including statistical releases and data tables.gov.uk statistics release calendarUK Government
T4: Transparent processes and managementThe government has published a revised set of government consultation principles. These principles give clear guidance to government departments on conducting consultations.Guidance on public consultationsCabinet Office
T4: Transparent processes and managementThe 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 managementA Government Statistical Service (GSS) webpage that outlines the expectations and legislation requirements, and describes the need for administrations to work together.Devolution and the GSSGSS
T4: Transparent processes and managementGuidance 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 practiceGSS
T4: Transparent processes and managementA 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 GuidanceGSS
T4: Transparent processes and managementGuidance 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 ProducersGSS
T4: Transparent processes and managementGuidance 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 GSSGSS
T4: Transparent processes and managementPublished and upcoming official statistics from across UK government, including statistical releases and data tables.gov.uk statistics release calendarUK Government
T5: Professional capabilityThe 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 websiteGSS
T5: Professional capabilityThe 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 capabilityThe 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 FrameworkGSS
T5: Professional capabilityThe 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 DevelopmentRSS
T5: Professional capabilityThe 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 MeaningfulUNECE
T5: Professional capabilityGuidance 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 governanceThe National Statistician's Data Ethics Advisory Committee (NSDEC) was established to advise the National Statistician on the ethical considerations of accessing, sharing and using data. NSDEC considers project and policy proposals from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) and the Government Statistical Service (GSS) and advises the National Statistician on the ethical appropriateness of these.National Statistician's Data Ethics Advisory CommitteeUKSA
T6: Data governanceNational 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 StatisticsGSS
T6: Data governanceThe 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 webpageGSS
T6: Data governanceThe 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
T6: Data governanceA 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 ControlGSS/GSR
T6: Data governanceA webpage 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 websiteUK Government
T6: Data governanceThe Open Data Institute's (ODI) Data Ethics Canvas is designed to help identify potential ethical issues associated with a data project or activity. The webpage contains a user guide, a template and a workshop plan.ODI Data Ethics CanvasODI
T6: Data governanceGuidance 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 organisationsICO
T6: Data governanceThe 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 practiceICO
T6: Data governanceA 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 principlesICO
T6: Data governanceThe UK Anonymisation Network (UKAN) offers practical advice and information to anyone who handles personal data and needs to share it.UKAN resourcesUKAN
Q1: Suitable data sourcesGuidance 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 sourcesGuidance 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 sourcesAnother way to access the QAAD and QAMI guidance.Administrative data and official statistics (QAAD and QAMI)UKSA
Q1: Suitable data sourcesGuidelines 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 GuidelinesGSS
Q2: Sound methodsA 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 webpageGSS
Q2: Sound methodsGuidelines 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 GuidelinesGSS
Q2: Sound methodsGuidance 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 StatisticsGSS
Q2: Sound methodsNational 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 methodsA 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 webpageGSS
Q2: Sound methodsA 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 ReviewGSS
Q2: Sound methodsInformation 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 classificationsONS
Q2: Sound methodsGuidance 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 equalityONS
Q2: Sound methodsGuidance 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 ProducersGSS
Q2: Sound methodsGuidance 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 UKGSS
Q2: Sound methodsGuidance 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 guidanceGSR
Q2: Sound methodsThe 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 methodsInformation on all main international statistical methods and classifications used by the United Nations (UN).UN international classificationsUN
Q2: Sound methodsA 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 activitiesUN
Q2: Sound methodsThe 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 StatisticsUNECE
Q3: Assured qualityGuidance 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 qualityGuidance 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 qualityAnother way to access the QAAD and QAMI guidance.Administrative data and official statistics (QAAD and QAMI)UKSA
Q3: Assured qualityGuidelines 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 GuidelinesGSS
Q3: Assured qualityNational 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 qualityA 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 webpageGSS
Q3: Assured qualityGuidance 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 ProducersGSS
Q3: Assured qualityGuidance 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 BookUK Government
Q3: Assured qualityA 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 qualityThe 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 qualityA 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 qualityA 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 usersA 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 usersGSS
V1: Relevance to usersGuidance 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 usersPractical 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 statisticsGSS
V1: Relevance to usersGuidance 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 usersGuidance 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 ProducersGSS
V1: Relevance to usersGuidance 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 ReleasesGSS
V1: Relevance to usersA 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 DWPGSS
V1: Relevance to usersA 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 programmeGSS
V1: Relevance to usersThe government has published a revised set of government consultation principles. These principles give clear guidance to government departments on conducting consultations.Guidance on public consultationsCabinet Office
V1: Relevance to usersGovernment 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 PlaybookGDS
V1: Relevance to usersA 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 toolMedical Research Council
V1: Relevance to usersA 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: AccessibilityPractical 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 statisticsGSS
V2: AccessibilityGuidance 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 statisticsGSS
V2: AccessibilityGuidance on how to display statistics in spreadsheets and release statistics in open formats.Releasing Statistics in Spreadsheets: Good Practice GuidanceGSS
V2: AccessibilityGuidance 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 StatisticsGSS
V2: AccessibilityThe 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 webpageGSS
V2: AccessibilityA 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 ServiceGSS
V2: AccessibilityGuidance 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 GSSGSS
V2: AccessibilityA 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 DWPGSS
V2: AccessibilityA 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 administrationsUKSA
V2: AccessibilityPublished and upcoming official statistics from across UK government, including statistical releases and data tables.gov.uk statistics release calendarUK Government
V2: AccessibilityA Government Digital Service (GDS) blog about understanding accessibility.GDS blog: What we mean when we talk about accessibilityGDS
V2: AccessibilityA 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 accessibilityGDS
V2: AccessibilityA GDS blog with tips on how to think about colour use in your webpagesGDS blog: Colour contrast and why does it matterGDS
V2: AccessibilityA 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 serviceGDS
V2: AccessibilityA 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: AccessibilityThe UN's Common Metadata Framework concentrates on practical and theoretical aspects of statistical metadata systems.UN Common Metadata FrameworkUN
V3: Clarity and insightPractical 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 statisticsGSS
V3: Clarity and insightGuidance 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 insightGuidance 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 statisticsGSS
V3: Clarity and insightGuidance on how to display statistics in spreadsheets and release statistics in open formats.Releasing Statistics in Spreadsheets: Good Practice GuidanceGSS
V3: Clarity and insightNational 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 insightA 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 webpageGSS
V3: Clarity and insightGuidance 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 ReleasesGSS
V3: Clarity and insightA 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 insightThe 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 MeaningfulUNECE
V4: Innovation and improvementAn OSR online article on how collaboration can lead to trusted, high quality statistics that provide public value, when it supports producers to improve and innovate in different ways. It draws on examples from producers working in Children, Education and Skills statistics and how they have collaborated to drive improvements.'Collaboration is key' online articleOSR
V4: Innovation and improvementAn OSR online article on innovation in the dissemination of statistics, focusing on positive features of the development process. It draws on examples from producers working in Children, Education and Skills statistics and how they have developed alternative outputs to supplement their main statistical publications.‘Engaging the audience – exploring statistics beyond the pdf’ online articleOSR
V4: Innovation and improvementA blog by Louisa McCutcheon (OSR) on some of the challenges faced by producers when innovating in the development and presentation of statistics.‘Overcoming barriers to change’ blogOSR
V4: Innovation and improvementA 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 webpageGSS
V4: Innovation and improvementNational 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 improvementA 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 webpageGSS
V4: Innovation and improvementGuidance 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 StatisticsGSS
V4: Innovation and improvementA 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 DWPGSS
V4: Innovation and improvementGuidance 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 GSSGSS
V4: Innovation and improvementGovernment 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 PlaybookGDS
V4: Innovation and improvementGuidance 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 principlesUK Government
V5: Efficiency and proportionalityThe 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 webpageGSS
V5: Efficiency and proportionalityA 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 proportionalityNational 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 proportionalityA 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 webpageGSS
V5: Efficiency and proportionalityThe 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 proportionalityGuidance 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 StatisticsUKSA
V5: Efficiency and proportionalityThe 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 proportionalityThe 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 webpageGSS
V5: Efficiency and proportionalityA 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 proportionalityNational 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 proportionalityA 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 webpageGSS
V5: Efficiency and proportionalityA quarterly newsletter that provides updates on harmonisation practice in business and social surveys and any other relevant information.GSS harmonisation newsletterGSS
V5: Efficiency and proportionalityThe 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 proportionalityNational 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 proportionalityThe 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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