We recently asked for your feedback on the online Code of Practice. We’ve produced a slide pack with a summary of our findings. It explains how we’re continuing to make improvements to the website in 2020 and beyond. Watch this space for the latest developments.
We added a new page for case studies of voluntary application of the Code. So far, the page has three case studies – for the Financial Conduct Authority, the Department for Work and Pensions and the Scottish Fiscal Commission – and we will add more over the coming months. Each case study explains why and how the organisation voluntarily applied Trustworthiness, Quality and Value.
We added new case studies on improving the clarity, comparability and transparency of UK homelessness statistics (Principle V3: Clarity and insight) and developing harmonised national indicators of loneliness (Principle Q2: Sound methods).
We added a handy guide to the three ‘cross-cutting’ themes in the Code: collaboration, coherence and transparency. These are areas of practice that don’t fit within just one pillar of the Code but feature in each of the three pillars of Trustworthiness, Quality and Value. The guide provides a definition of each theme and explains how and why they are relevant for each pillar. It will help statistics producers think about how to apply the themes in their work.
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).
We added new case studies on independent production and the managed handling of statistics and data (Principle T1: Honesty and integrity) and making government data available for reuse (Principle V5: Efficiency and proportionality).
We added new case studies on developing statisticians’ coding skills to meet future organisational needs (Principle T5: Professional capability), putting users and stakeholders at the centre of statistics production (Principle V1: Relevance to users) and updated our case study on automating statistical production to free-up analytical resources (Principle V4: Innovation and improvement).
We released a guidance note with answers to some recent questions that we received about publishing official statistics and National Statistics.
We also added case studies on the Head of Profession’s role in assessing continued compliance with the Code (Principle T2: Independent decision making and leadership), being transparent about user engagement and quality management approaches (Principle T4: Transparent processes and management), demonstrating transparency when linking and publishing data (Principle T6: Data governance) and developing and refining UK House Price Index methods (Principle Q2: Sound methods).
We added a new case study on developing statisticians’ coding skills to meet future organisational needs (Principle T5: Professional capability).
We added case studies on reviewing and amending statistics provisions (Principle V1: Relevance to users), sharing resources and collaborating (Principle T4: Transparent processes and management), and protecting the confidentiality and security of data (Principle T6: Data governance).
We added a case study on how the Scottish Fiscal Commission is voluntarily applying the Code to produce its forecasts. Also have a look at this blog by the former Deputy Chief Executive of the Commission, which explains its approach to voluntary application.