Guidance about Assessment

Statistics are designated as National Statistics through the Assessment process. This page contains guidance about assessment and designation.

We are currently reviewing this page to bring the material up to date and to support better learning and understanding about Code compliance. This will also reflect changes to the Code of Practice and associated guidance following the recent consultation.

Assessment Process Overview: initiation, evidence gathering, analysis, reporting and confirmation

The Assessment process

Assessment and Compliance Checks producer guidance June 2017

Assessment and Designation of Experimental Statistics

Statement – Policy on the use of the National Statistics designation in various situations

Ladder of Escalation (once a producer body has failed to meet Requirements from Assessment Reports)

Temporary suspension – guidance


Self-evaluation against the Code – helpful materials

This section provides links to some of our previous documentation that may help you in complying with the Code and evaluating your own compliance. Other guidance is also available at the policy store and the Government Statistial Service (GSS) website.

Code of Practice

Administrative Data and Official Statistics (including Toolkit and Case Studies)

Official Statistics, Performance Measures and Targets

Examples of practices consistent with the Code of Practice for Official Statistics

UK Statistics Authority Standards for Statistical Reports




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