Our Values

Overarching Purpose: We provide independent regulation of all official statistics produced in the UK. Statistics are an essential public asset. We aim to enhance public confidence in the trustworthiness, quality and value of statistics produced by government.

We do this by setting the standards they must meet in theĀ Code of Practice for Official Statistics. We ensure that producers of government statistics uphold these standards by conducting assessments against theĀ Code. Those which meet the standards are given National Statistics status, indicating that they meet the highest standards of trustworthiness, quality and value. We also report publicly on system-wide issues and on the way statistics are being used, celebrating when the standards are upheld and challenging publicly when they are not.

Our purpose is underpinned by our values:


  1. Outward and forward focused
  • externally engaged and connected
  • thinking ahead and responsive
  • vocalising our commitment to statistics


  1. Trustworthy
  • independent and rigorous
  • enquiring and open-minded
  • transparent and fair in our judgements


  1. Empathetic and respectful
  • inclusive and listening to others’ views
  • sensitive to competing priorities
  • building partnerships for collaboration
  • communicating thoughtfully


  1. Ambitious about improvement
  • encouraging innovation in ourselves and others
  • unwavering in our focus
  • celebrating success