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Two weeks with Best Practice and Impact

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I was first introduced to the idea of secondments with the Best Practice and Impact (BPI) team during my GSS Induction training, and I was immediately intrigued. I had no experience of a stats team who didn’t produce any statistical releases, and I was determined to find out how that worked.   I quickly realised […]

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Launch of the Data Catalogue

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A cross government initiative led by the Department for Exiting the European Union (DExEU) has launched a Data Catalogue. This covers a wide range of data sources related to EU exit such as trade, tariffs, population and mobility. The aim of the catalogue is to ensure that data sources are used effectively and consistently across […]

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What I learned on secondment to regional devolved government

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One of my favourite features of the statistical fast stream is the opportunity for a six-month secondment outside the Civil Service. My recent experience in the West of England Combined Authority exposed me to local government, policy development, and a whole new range of colleagues. While there I built my experience in policy, learned how […]

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A number on its own without context is not useful

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A number on its own without context is not useful. Without an understanding of what it is measuring it can’t be used in a meaningful way.  Add context by describing what it measures and that data point may become useful for answering a specific thing. Include it in a table with other numbers, and the […]

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It’s a kind of magic…

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The Connected Open Government Statistics (COGS) project will do some amazing things to bring data together from across the GSS. But the project doesn’t have magical fairies that sprinkle Python dust over all the spreadsheets to transform them into Tidy Data. To take our existing outputs and make them 5* Linked Open Data takes a […]

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Don’t Stop Believin’

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The Connected Open Government Statistics (COGS), GSS Data project in old money, has started its new ‘Journey’ this month and we wanted to update on what has happened and what we are doing over the next few months. We fought hard over the Summer to ensure the project continues and, although it was tough we’ve […]

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Sharing our knowledge

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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

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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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