Skip to content
GSS > Policy Store Items > Writing about statistics

Writing about statistics

This document has replaced:

Standards for statistical reports

Writing about statistics; guidance for the Government Statistical Service on preparing first releases

National statisticians guidance: presentation and publication of official statistics


Statistical commentary is required to bring numbers to life.
Commentary should do much more than just describe the statistics in words. It should help the user to understand the meaning of patterns, trends and limitations, and build on any factual and public information already known about the subject matter.
Clear, insightful and professionally sound commentary supports informed decision-making and democratic debate.

Target audience:

Producers of Statistics

Policy details

Metadata item Details
Version number:1.0
Effective date:15 November 2018
Primary contact:


Writing-about-statistics-Edition 2.0 October 2018


Effective date
15 November 2018
Nature of document