There are many misconceptions about what reverse mentoring is or can be. For some, it can be about senior leaders finding out what their staff on the shop floor really think. For others it can be about offering the opportunity to safely challenge how the organisation or department delivers its work. For me, reverse mentoring […]Learn more on Why I chose to be a reverse mentor
In many respects I feel like one of the last people with the right to talk about diversity and inclusion. After all, I’m a white, middle-aged man, who has had the benefit of a state education and the opportunities that have followed. However, there have been many times in my life when I’ve felt unfairly […]Learn more on Why I am championing the Reverse Mentoring Scheme
Last year, the Centre for Crime and Justice (CCJ) started transformation plans to automate the most repetitive, resource intensive elements of the Crime Survey for England and Wales (CSEW) statistical pipeline. Our aim is to transform the way we produce our outputs and tables. In March 2020 we kicked-off a collaborative project with the GSS […]Learn more on The nature of Reproducible Analytical Pipelines (RAP)
In June 2019, the GSS Quality Strategy was published. This was a collaborative project involving the GSS Quality Centre (part of the Best Practice and Impact (BPI) division) and the wider GSS. The central aim of the strategy is to improve statistical quality across the GSS. Goals and deliverables To do this, we set out […]Learn more on Improving statistical quality: a year on from the GSS Quality Strategy
I drink a lot of Pepsi. I really do mean A LOT. As I am writing this it is only 1pm and I am already on my eighth can, but to be honest I don’t think I could have done the work I’ve been doing recently without it. Among other things, I am half of […]Learn more on High tempo harmonisation: How the GSS Harmonisation Team are responding to the pandemic
It’s been six months since we started work to develop a GSS user engagement strategy. How time flies! As you can imagine things have been a bit up and down since our last blog post at the end of February. However, I’m pleased to say that by the end of March we had: spoken to […]Learn more on The GSS user engagement strategy – let’s talk (new) tactics!
Response rates to traditional social surveys have been steadily dropping over the last few decades. This can pose a serious issue for those of us responsible for producing estimates of population level characteristics such as household income. What’s the threat? Falling response rates increase the risk of non-response bias, if there are fundamental differences between […]Learn more on Do you understand your survey non-response rates?
The Best Practice and Impact (BPI) division, based at the Office for National Statistics (ONS), provides a range of services for the whole Government Statistical Service (GSS) to help improve government statistics. One service we offer is free consultancy. This can be tailored to any challenges or obstacles that your department faces. Recently, the Quality […]Learn more on Improving statistics on rough sleeping: how BPI helped MHCLG
The Connected Open Government Statistics (COGS) project is a huge data transformation effort. Sure, we could throw a load of people at the task and get it sorted. Yes, that could happen, but it definitely should not happen. Turning this effort into a sustainable practice for all departments is the real goal. That requires cooperation. […]Learn more on Working together to make statistical data fit for the web
Two years ago I was nearly killed in a car crash. It was through no fault of my own – a bus decided to pick a fight with my car. This left me with a spine broken in several places and severe spinal damage which will stay with me for life. Along with the health […]Learn more on Hidden in plain sight