Analysts needed to join Analysis Function Task and Finish Group

The Government Analysis Function brings together the government analytical professions into a single, cross-system network. Work is underway now to scope out how the function should work across the analytical community to deliver shared training opportunities, common operating standards, and best practice for the delivery of analysis as well as looking at links across analytical career pathways.

Task and Finish Group

The Analysis Function standards working group are putting together a Task and Finish Group (TFG) to review and update the draft Government Analysis Functional Standard. This Functional Standard will set expectations for how to plan, manage, and carry out analysis. It will be a critical document for the entire analytical community in the future, underpinning all the work that we do. It will also support policy colleagues who need to engage with analysts.

The Task and Finish Group will:

  • Review the current, draft standard, seeking feedback from departmental analysts, and
  • Draft an updated version that is relevant, fit for purpose and meets the practical needs of the community.

The group will report to the Function’s Setting and Assuring Standards project board and then through to the Departmental Directors of Analysis Network and the Analysis Function Board. They aim to complete the review in December 2020, and then publish it as the official first release for implementation.

How can you help? 

The Analysis Function standards working group need your help. They are looking for volunteers from across the analysis professions to give some time to the Task and Finish Group for a period of about six months and help to shape the future of analysis in government.

There is no restriction on grade or career stage. They want to assemble a representative and enthusiastic cross-section of the community who can bring their experience of government analysis to the table and work together to critically test and assure the Functional Standard to make sure it works for all of us.   It is envisaged that TFG members might spend up to a day a week on this work, although the time commitment will vary.

If you would like to volunteer, please email Analysis.Function@ons.gov.uk with the subject “Analysis Function TFG” setting out in a paragraph or two how your experience and skills can support the work and confirming that you will be able to commit time to the project.  You should discuss this with your line manager before responding.

The Analysis Function presents us with a unique opportunity to share and optimise our expertise, improving our capability and strengthening the links between us.  By volunteering you will be contributing to a cross-government standard setting exercise that underpins the future analysis community, reporting through to the highest levels of the analysis professions.