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New GSS Quality Statistics in Government guidance launched

The GSS Quality Statistics in Government guidance has been launched.

This guidance was developed by the Best Practice and Impact (BPI) division through consultation with key stakeholders across the GSS. It complements the Quality Statistics in Government training offered by the Government Statistical Service (GSS) Quality Centre.

This guidance helps producers of statistics to meet the quality expectations of the UK Statistics Authority’s Code of Practice for Statistics and Eurostat’s European Statistics Code of Practice. It also provides an introduction to quality assurance of data and methods and suggests practical ways to design statistical processes that are efficient, transparent and reduce the risk of mistakes. The guidance will be particularly useful for new starters as part of their induction.

Producing official statistics can also be time consuming. Manual statistical processes introduce risk and increase the burden of quality assurance. This guidance sets out the importance and the benefits of making our analysis reproducible using a reproducible workflow – we call this Reproducible Analytical Pipelines or RAP.

Quality is important to properly inform decisions around statistics and their effective use. Thus, we encourage everyone producing official statistics (or anyone who needs to analyse data and understand their limitations) to read this guidance. There are many practical examples that will help you apply the principles of statistical quality in your work.

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