Effective Graphs and Tables in Official Statistics
This guidance is for producers of official statistics who need to design graphs and tables that are clear, consistent, informative and easy to use.
The aim of the guidance is to ensure that the graphs and tables we produce convey key messages quickly and effectively. The guidance is not a set of standards. Instead, it sets out some principles to think about when visualising and presenting statistical data and illustrates them with examples.
This guidance complements the half-day course on data visualisation provided by the Good Practice Team. Please get in touch if you’d like us to host this course in your department.
Templates for graphs
Excel templates for the most commonly used types of graphs are available from our resources folder. You can also access a range of colour palettes from this area.
Please contact the Good Practice Team if you have any questions, comments or feedback.
Producers of Official Statistics
|Effective date:||22 February 2017|
|Next recommended review date:||22 February 2019|
|Author:||GSS Good Practice Team|