We aim to enhance public confidence in the trustworthiness, quality and value of statistics produced by government.
We use a range of tools to do this:
- Assessment: We assess official statistics against the Code of Practice for Statistics. If the statistics comply in full with the Code, we designate them as National Statistics. This indicates that they meet the highest standards of trustworthiness, quality and value.
- Compliance checks: Shorter pieces of work than assessments. They provide a high-level review of the extent to which the statistics meet the highest standards of trustworthiness, quality and value.
- Systemic reviews: We carry out systemic reviews when we want to improve the public value of a set of statistics or examine a cross-cutting statistical issue.
- Casework: We use our voice to stand up for statistics and to represent the public. We monitor and report publicly where we have concerns about the dissemination and use of statistics.
We have a number of policies that guide our regulatory work:
- Our regulatory approach: this document describes our regulatory activities in relation to official statistics, as well as to the voluntary application of the Code.
- Our regulatory activity: this document explains how we decide on our portfolio of regulatory activity and which of our regulatory tools to use.
- Publication policy: this document sets out the practices we commit to when we publish documents.
- Conflict of Interest Policy: this document sets out the approach the Office for Statistics Regulation (OSR) takes to managing conflicts of interest for individual members of staff.
Our Policy and Standards team develops policies and standards related to the Code of Practice for Statistics.