Assessment of Vital Event statistics

We are currently assessing the extent to which a number of Vital Event statistics, produced by the National Records of Scotland (NRS), meet the professional standards set out in the statutory Code of Practice for Statistics

We would very much welcome your feedback about these particular statistics. If you have comments on the wider range of vital event statistics produced by NRS, we would also welcome your views on those.

The Code of Practice is a regulatory framework based on the trustworthiness, quality and value of statistics. Capturing the views of users, and potential users, forms an important part of our judgement about the statistics, including their strengths and how they could be improved. We are keen to hear from you, either by email or telephone, in response to the following questions

  • Which of the statistics or datasets do you use, and for what purposes? Please be as specific as possible.
  • Are the statistics or datasets published at a level of quality that meets your needs in the context of how you want to use them? How clear is the advice from NRS about the strengths and limitations of the statistics?
  • How clearly are the statistics presented and does the statistical commentary provide helpful insights for you? How could it be improved?
  • How do you usually access the latest statistics or data? How could access be improved?
  • If you have requested additional data or raised queries with NRS about these statistics, or if the statisticians have sought your views about changes or improvements to the statistics, please tell us how well the statisticians engaged with you.

We welcome comments on any other aspect of these statistics which you think might be relevant to our assessment. Also, if you think there are other user groups we should be talking to about these statistics, please let us know

It will be useful for us to share your comments with the statistics producers to enable them to take account of your views. Please could you tell us whether or not you consent for us to pass your comments and contact details on?

You may send your response via email to the regulation team or, if you would prefer to speak to a member of the assessment team, please contact Marie McGhee (01329 447702) or Annabelle Parkinson (0208 0390326). Alternatively, our postal address is:

Office for Statistics Regulation
Room 1.075
Statistics House, Cardiff Road
Newport, NP10 8XG

We look forward to receiving your comments by 25 March 2020.

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