We are currently assessing the extent to which the following statistics produced by ONS meet the professional standards set out in the statutory Code of Practice for Official Statistics:
- Regional GVA (Income Method),
- Regional GVA (Production Method)
- The new balanced estimates of regional GVA due to be published towards the end of 2017. These new measures involve taking the strengths from both measures of GVA and using them to produce a single measure of economic activity within a region
The Code of Practice covers a wide range of issues such as the quality of the statistics, their accessibility and the way that the producer body engages with users of the statistics. Capturing the views of users, and potential users, forms an important part of our judgment about the statistics, including how they could be improved. Feedback can be in any form, but it would be particularly helpful to us if you could structure your response around the following areas:
- Tell us about your use of the Regional GVA (R-GVA) statistics. Do you use both R-GVA (I) and R-GVA (P) or R-GVA statistics using one method only? If you prefer one measure over the other could you tell us about your main reasons for your preferences?
- How trustworthy do you find these statistics at the various NUTS levels and industry levels?
- What are your main quality concerns?
- Do you have any concerns about the methodology used to regionalise GVA, for example the degree of modelling of estimates?
- In respect to R-GVA (P) i.e. real terms R-GVA – how robust would you say the deflation is?
- What do you see as some of the most appropriate uses of these statistics?
- Are you aware of the upcoming balanced measures? What advantages might estimates which combine the strengths of the two current methods offer to you as a user of the statistics?
- Are you aware that ONS are working to produce flexible geographies which would allow you to create your own geography of interest and would you use such a facility?
- If you have made enquiries of ONS about these statistics, how would you describe ONS’ responsiveness / helpfulness?
We may want to contact you to discuss your views. Please indicate whether you are happy for us to do so, and provide contact details. You may send your response via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or, if you would prefer, to speak to the assessment team please call Iain Russell (01329 447704) or Kim Cullen (0207 592 8651).
Alternatively, our postal address is:
Office for Statistics Regulation
Statistics House, Cardiff Road
Newport, NP10 8XG
We look forward to receiving your comments by 31 May 2017.