Systemic Review Programme

This page gives an overview of ongoing and planned projects in the systemic review programme:

  • UK Crime and justice statistics – We published our view of the Public value of crime and justice statistics across the UK in April 2017 based on work summarised in our outline approach. We will convene roundtables with producer organisations in the summer of 2017 to explore how collaboration across the different UK administrations and data sharing between organisations can further increase the value of these statistics. We are also planning a more detailed exploration of UK statistics on justice in 2017/18; we intend to publish an outline of our approach shortly and report findings by the end of the year.
  • Health and care statistics in England – having identified a number of systemic issues affecting health and care statistics in England we convened a group of senior decision makers in the sector who met to gain common understanding of the issues and ways forward in March and December 2016 and May 2017. We also held a wider ‘Health and Care Statistics Summit’ in July 2016. Reports of these events are available. In direct response to our work, the English Health Statistics Steering Group has been set up and developed an Action Plan to address the issues raised; there have also been some improvements to statistical outputs. We plan to hold a second summit meeting in the autumn of 2017. We are currently compiling information on health and care statistics within sub-thematic areas to inform our future work.
  • Housing – we are examining the public value of housing statistics in the UK. A summary of the approach is available and we intend to publish findings in the summer of 2017.
  • International migration – we are exploring the extent to which the available statistics on international migration meet the needs of society and what might be done to fill any gaps. This will include us holding three roundtable meetings in 2017 with relevant stakeholders. A summary of our approach is available and we will report on the outcomes of the roundtable meetings following the third one.
  • Data linkage – we are planning a piece of work to explore ways the public value of statistics could be enhanced through data linkage which will look at opportunities, barriers and possible improvements. We will publish an outline of the approach shortly.
  • We are also planning to do two short pieces of work in 2017 looking at the public value of statistics on education and the public value of statistics on the environment; we are still scoping the exact nature of these and will publish an outline of the approaches when available.
  • The Coherence and Accessibility of Official Statistics on Income and Earnings – This area of work aims to generate enhancements in the public value of official statistics on income and earnings; a report from February 2015 highlighted the issues and gave recommendations for ONS, DWP and HMRC to address. An update against the recommendations from January 2016 was followed by an exchange of correspondence with John Pullinger in June and July 2016 and April 2017. While there have been some notable improvements, there remain some important issues to address, including around producing a timely measure of income from self-employment.
  • Statistics and City Regions – we proposed and co-hosted a roundtable event in March 2016 and a note on the outcomes of this has been published. Building on this, there was an ONS/ Centre for Cities public policy forum on ‘Data for Devolution’ in October 2016 and we are now monitoring data improvements as they come on stream.

The Office for Statistics Regulation will keep the programme of systemic reviews under regular review, and expects to revise it as new issues and priorities arise. If you have any comments on this element of the work programme, please contact Kerstin Hinds:   Tel: 01329 447700