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Surely there’s no ethics in mathematics?

Blog | Quality in statistics

Mathematical work can sometimes seem detached from the real world. The abstractness of statistics and datasets often mask the ways in which they can eventually be used – and misused. But for many of us, the maths that we do is not just for fun; we are producing real results, that will be used by […]

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Mango at the GSS conference

Blog | GSS conference

Here at Mango we are very much looking forward to our involvement in the upcoming GSS conference. Our decision to take part as the main sponsor follows our long involvement in government statistics, working closely with government departments to make sure the latest in technology and approaches can be used in what is critical work […]

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Sharing our knowledge

Blog | GSS Blog

Have you ever done some work or spent time trying to fix a problem, only to find later that someone else already had a solution? Or spoken to someone about something you thought they wouldn’t know about, but happened to have some advice or a useful contact to help you? The Government Statistical Service (GSS) […]

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How we listened to users to improve housing and planning statistics

Blog | GSS Blog

Housing statistics are central to government and are developed across many government departments as well as the devolved administrations. The statistics are used for developing policy on topics such as social housing stock, homelessness and housebuilding. They are very important and have far reaching impacts. In 2017, the Office for Statistics Regulation published a cross-government […]

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Statistical responsibilities in the Cabinet Office

Blog | Code of practice, Blog | GSS Blog

Statisticians in Cabinet Office work in various teams and on a wide variety of activities that range from publishing National Statistics bulletins to producing evidence and analysis in support of key departmental policy priorities. But perhaps the most obvious glue that helps bind us statisticians together is the Code of Practice for Statistics. Whilst this sets out the […]

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The GSS Conference venue team talk food

Blog | GSS Blog

The countdown is well and truly on for the GSS conference 2019 in Edinburgh. The Venue team of the GSS conference committee visited the Sheraton Grand Hotel for a second time in June to decide on the delicious courses that will be served at the conference dinner. This year’s conference venue is a lovely hotel […]

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Getting the COGS moving

Blog | GSS Blog

Connected Open Government Statistics (COGS), formerly referred to as the GSS Data project, is something our community has been working on for the last couple of years. The timing is right for the project to finally leave the nursery slopes, and we now need more people to work with us to complete the next phase. […]

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Do you have any questions?

Blog | GSS Blog

Have you ever thought about what makes statistics good? Is it taking account of user needs? Publishing accurate figures? Avoiding a letter from OSR? To be of value we think statistics must address questions people want answers to – this includes government, charities, businesses or individuals – and they need to do this in an […]

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How we listened to our users to improve our education statistics

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The Department for Education (DfE) is one of the largest producers of official statistics in government, covering a wide breadth of policy areas. These statistics are valuable to the public and allow us to deliver evidence-based policy, inform public debate and provide transparency around the education system. Our current model for making these statistics available […]

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