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Remote testing in practice – what we learnt

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In the Research and Design Team at the Office for National Statistics (ONS), we are transforming social surveys using a user-centred design approach. For us, this means that we work iteratively, designing with our users in mind. In social survey transformation, our end users are respondents to the voluntary social surveys at the ONS.  In […]

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My summer placement at BBC News

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One thing I love about the Civil Service is the wide variety of professional development opportunities. I’ve enjoyed seeing different perspectives working as an analyst in the public, private and third sector – so I was really pleased to be lucky enough to be accepted on the BBC News Secondment Programme to learn more about […]

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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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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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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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Improving statistical quality: a year on from the GSS Quality Strategy

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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 […]

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