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Communicating uncertainty and change

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This guidance has been superseded by communicating quality, uncertainty and change.

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Policy status:Archived
Publication date:21 November 2014
Author:Good Practice Team
Who this is for:All staff involved in communicating official statistics
Contact:goodpracticeteam@statistics.gov.uk

The guidance provides a common approach to aid the clear communication of uncertainty and change. It can be applied to all sources of information, including surveys, censuses, administrative data and other sources, as well as estimates derived from a combination of these. It includes examples of good practice, as well as standard wording to be used when appropriate.

The guidance does not cover how to measure uncertainty and change, as this is very much dependent on the specifics of particular data collection scenarios. Links to information which may be helpful on this topic are provided at the end of this guidance.

This policy document is scheduled for revision in 2018 following the release of the new version of the Code of Practice for Statistics. While it has not yet been superseded, it was written in the context of version 1.0 of the Code. In situations where the new Code and this guidance diverge, the new Code of Practice is definitive and takes precedence.

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