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Secondment to BBC News: the time I had to deputise for the Head of Statistics

Blog | Careers

I have worked at The Office for National Statistics (ONS) ever since leaving university. The pandemic ignited lots of great work opportunities, but I always knew I wanted to try something different and challenge myself in a way that I hadn’t before. I noticed an advert for a secondment at BBC News and thought it […]

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Developing an interactive dashboard for the Outcome Indicator Framework

At the end of 2019, team leader Christine Holleran visited the Office for National Statistics in Newport to learn about their OpenSDG platform. She immediately saw the potential for reusing the platform to present The Department Environment, Food and Rural Affairs(Defra) Outcome Indicator Framework indicators which have been developed to measure the governments progress towards the […]

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New is always better?

Blog | Methodology

“New is always better!”, so says Barney Stinson in the long running comedy ‘How I Met Your Mother’, encouraging his friends to constantly move on and try new things. The joke being that his friend Ted wants nothing more than to find his soulmate and spend the rest of his life with the same person. […]

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Accessibility empathy for users of spreadsheets

The current spreadsheet situation The Government Statistical Service (GSS) and Analysis Function (AF) publish a lot of spreadsheets across the ONS website, GOV.UK and various departmental and devolved government websites. I don’t know the exact figure, but I am going to say it is thousands, if not millions (!) in any given year. At the […]

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New to the game: statistics, methods, research and me

Blog | Methodology

Six months ago I joined the Methodological Research Hub in the Office for National Statistics’ Methodology Division, with a focus on developing methods for producing official statistics using administrative data. Coming from a psychology background, my first few weeks were quite difficult – I felt way behind in my statistical knowledge, and I couldn’t imagine […]

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