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Hanging on the telephone

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Today (18 November 2020) is African Statistics Day – an annual event that aims to promote the value and importance of statistics – with an emphasis on its value across Africa. This feels like the perfect opportunity to share some of the international partnership work being done by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) in […]

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The user engagement strategy for statistics – the best laid plans…

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Well, Nancy Singh and I were thrilled to receive so much helpful feedback on our initial draft of the user engagement strategy. Thank you everyone! So, what have the project team been up to recently? We’ve been busy incorporating all those ideas and suggestions into the next iteration of the strategy. It’s been exciting to […]

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Change the culture, build capability, work collaboratively – working together to improve user engagement

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Okay, so it’s not the catchiest of slogans. But, while you’re here, we wanted to introduce you to the three C’s of the user engagement strategy for statistics: Culture Capability Collaboration Where have these come from? It has been a little while since we last updated you on the progress of the user engagement strategy. […]

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Data quality in the time of coronavirus (COVID-19)

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The role of data during the pandemic The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has fundamentally reshaped society. We’ve faced unprecedented restrictions on our ability to move, work and interact. The effects of COVID-19 on the economy, health outcomes and our personal well-being are stark. The long-term impacts of the pandemic are uncertain, but likely to be with […]

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How can official statistics better serve the public good?

How good are government statistics? In a recent seminar the Office for Statistics Regulation (OSR) asked members of the Government Statistical Service for three words they would use to describe government statistics. Among the top words we got back were: trustworthy quality informative It was striking how closely these aligned to the three pillars of our Code […]

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