The programme of work known as Monitoring has been renamed ‘Strategic Interventions’ as of 2016/17. The intention is to do fewer pieces of work, with some likely to be relatively large in scale.
The Statistics Authority is currently working on the following monitoring/ strategic intervention topics:
Begun in 2014/15
- The Coherence and Accessibility of Official Statistics on Income and Earnings’ – a report and update against the recommendations are available. A further update is due to be published in June 2016.
Begun in 2015/16
- Crime Statistics – following several assessments of crime statistics, we have embarked on a strategic intervention designed to ensure crime statistics better serve the public good. A summary of the approach is available.
- Statistics and City Regions – we held a roundtable event in March 2016 and a note on the outcomes of this has been published.
- Improving coherence and accessibility of English Health Statistics – we held a roundtable for senior decision makers in the health field in February 2016 and are planning another larger event in July 2016. A paper highlighting the direction of travel for health statistics in England identified through the roundtable was published on 22 March 2016.
Beginning in 2016/17
- Quality Assurance of Administrative Data –phase 2 Work is planned to re-think the existing quality assurance matrix and guidance in relation to management Information. A summary of the approach is available.
- Housing – we will examine the coherence and accessibility of housing data in the UK, looking also at any quality concerns and data gaps. A summary of the approach should be available by July 2016.
- International migration – we will explore the extent to which the available data on international migration meet the needs of society and what might be done to fill any gaps. A summary of the approach should be available by September 2016.
- Tracking outcomes– we are planning to take a case study approach to looking at some outcomes of interest to policy makers that cross thematic areas and consider whether appropriate data are available and sufficiently linked to answer policy questions. If not, what are the barriers and what might the solutions be? For example, policy makers may want to look at the educational outcomes of children receiving early years’ programmes or at the employment data for those who have been through the criminal justice system. A summary of the approach should be available in late 2016.
The Authority will keep the programme of strategic interventions under regular review, and expects to revise it as new issues and priorities arise; we have developed a scoping template to help us explore new potential work areas and prioritise between them.
If you have any comments on this element of the work programme, please contact Kerstin Hinds: