Official statistics are awarded National Statistics status following an assessment by the Authority’s regulatory arm. The Authority considers whether the statistics meet the highest standards of Code compliance, including the value they add to public decisions and debate.
The Statistics Authority will use the assessment process to identify steps that could be taken to improve the service to users of the statistics, and will report accordingly. In this way assessment will support the Statistics Authority’s overall objective, which is to promote and safeguard the production and publication of official statistics that serve the public good.
The Statistics Authority started its assessment programme in 2009, and has published over 300 Assessment Reports.
Programme for 2016/17
The attached programme covers the sets of statistics that the Authority intends to assess during 2016/17. In 2016/17, the Authority will supplement assessment with a programme of compliance checks [link]. It is expected that some of those compliance checks will result in the need for a full assessment, and these will be added to the programme in due course. More generally, the Authority will keep the assessment programme under regular review, and expects to revise it as new issues and priorities arise. The Authority will use its criteria to help determine the priority that it will give to possible assessments.
The Assessment Team will discuss the detailed scope and timing with producers closer to the time of each individual assessment. Consequently, assessments may not start at exactly the time indicated here, nor have the same composition as currently envisaged.
Some of the assessments listed have been discussed in principle by officials, and are subject to them being formally requested by the appropriate authority as defined in section 12 of the Statistics and Registration Service Act 2007.
Assessment Work Programme 2016-17 – May 2016 version (27 Kb PDF document)