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RAP Champions meet for the first time

On 16th October 2018, the Good Practice Team (GPT) and the Government Digital Service (GDS) hosted the first meeting of a new champions group to support and promote the use of Reproducible Analytical Pipelines (RAP) across the GSS.

These champions are statisticians who have the software development skills necessary to deliver RAP data products, and can share their expertise with others by mentoring and providing advice.

Colleagues from 17 departments took part, sharing their experiences of implementing RAP so far, and discussing barriers and issues to building the RAP way of doing things into statistical workflows.  We’d like to hear from departments that haven’t already nominated a RAP champion – ask your Head of Profession if you’d like to get involved.

We want to support the wider use of RAP

GPT is working with GDS, RAP Champions and the ONS data science campus to support departments wanting to try this.

Our plan:

  • Champions will provide mentoring and advice – a “phone a friend”
  • GDS will support RAP with tools and best practice
  • The data science campus will provide technical training courses
  • GPT will provide on the ground support, starting in the new year

We’re in the process of setting all this up at the moment, and will keep you up to date with developments.

Can’t wait to find out more about RAP?  GDS already provide online training for wannabe RAPpers and a RAP Companion manual, and you can join the RAP collaboration channel on the Data Science Slack network. You can also take a look at our recent GangStaS Data RAP blog post.

If you haven’t used slack before, or if you’re not on the data science workspace (, you will need to sign up.