Code of Practice for Statistics

Helpful resources – working in an organisation that produces official statistics

Why is the Code important?

Official statistics are an essential public asset. They provide a window on society, the economy and on the work and performance of government. They are fundamental to the judgments and decisions made by the public, by government and by an enormous range of other organisations.

The Code of Practice for Statistics plays an essential role in ensuring that statistics published by government inspire public confidence through demonstrating trustworthiness, and providing high-quality statistics that enhance public value.

Why is the Code relevant to me?

The Code applies to everyone working in organisations that produce official statistics, including senior leaders, policy professionals, communications staff and other analysts. By working in line with the Code, you can protect the reputation of your organisation and allow your organisation to publish and communicate statistics in a way that inspires public confidence.

Understanding the Code

We have produced a one-page summary of how you can work in line with Code.

Understanding the Code of Practice for Statistics (PDF)


A one-page summary of what the Code means for senior decision makers and organisational leaders.

One-pager for senior leaders (PDF)

A one-page summary of how the Code can help communications staff communicate statistics and data.

One-pager for communications staff (PDF)

A one-page summary of what the Code means for other professions and analysts.

One-pager for analytical professions (PDF)

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