This is one of a series of reports prepared under the provisions of the Statistics and Registration Service Act 2007. The Act allows an appropriate authority to request an assessment of official statistics against the Code of Practice for Official Statistics in order for them to gain National Statistics status. This report is in response to such a request. The report covers the set of statistics reported in Northern Ireland Road Safety Strategy to 2020: Annual Statistical Report 2015 (Road Safety Strategy Statistical Report) produced by the Department of the Environment Northern Ireland (DOENI).
This report was prepared by the UK Statistics Authority’s Assessment team, and approved by the Regulation Committee on behalf of the Board of the UK Statistics Authority, based on the advice of the Director General for Regulation.
The Authority judges that the statistics covered by this report do not fully comply with the Code of Practice for Official Statistics in the ways summarised in paragraph 1.8. The Authority judges that the statistics published in Northern Ireland Road Safety Strategy to 2020: Annual Statistical Report 2015 cannot be designated as National Statistics until the Authority has confirmed that appropriate actions have been taken by DOENI to meet the Requirements listed in section 1.8. DOENI is expected to report its completed actions to the Authority by August 2016.
DOENI has been fully engaged in the Assessment process and it is clear that its statisticians are well-respected and provide additional statistical support and advice to users, in particular to their Northern Ireland Road Safety Strategy policy colleagues.