Code of Practice for Statistics

T5: Professional capability

People producing statistics should be appropriately skilled, trained and supported in their roles and professional development.


T5.1 Those involved in producing and releasing statistics and data should demonstrate sound judgement. They should act professionally, work collaboratively, and behave responsibly.

T5.2 The roles and responsibilities of those involved in the production of statistics and data should be clearly defined with supporting guidance provided to help staff carry out their roles.

T5.3 Suitably skilled staff should be recruited using a relevant professional competency framework as appropriate and with consideration given to future organisational needs.

T5.4 All staff involved in the production of statistics and data should be provided with training on secure data handling and quality management.

T5.5 Staff should be provided with the time and resources required to develop their skills, knowledge and competencies.

T5.6 Staff should seek statistical advice and guidance from the Chief Statistician/Head of Profession for Statistics.

Description Link Source
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
The Framework of Statistical Learning and Development for the GSS has been designed to help statisticians at all levels identify suitable training courses, in support of their statistical and generic development. Framework of Statistical Learning and Development for the GSS (PDF) GSS
The Government Statistician Group (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
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 Continuing Professional Development policy (PDF) RSS
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
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

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