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Methods 2 slideshowOfficial statistics play an important role in society, helping everyone across the UK make better more informed decisions. Key to this is ensuring that our statistics meet the needs of users by being of an acceptable quality whilst ensuring that the methods used to produce our statistics are of high standards.

The methodology section of the website is currently being developed to be a resource that official statistics producers can use to develop their knowledge and understanding of the broad range of methodological approaches used across the GSS.

Tools and Guidance

Information has been provided on the topics listed below in the tabs. These have been categorised under grouped headings of the Generic Statistical Business Process Model (GSBPM).

The 20th GSS Methodology Symposium took place on Wednesday 1st July 2015 at the Westminster Conference Centre in London. The papers and presentations from the event are now via the link below.

Specific Methodology

Weather and Climate – the effect on Official Statistics

Health waiting time statistics – technical differences between the four UK countries


informationFurther Information

As the pages are developed we will carry out user testing to ensure the information provided is easy to find and meets users’ needs. If you would be interested in being involved in this testing, please contact:

Charles Lound – Good Practice Team
0207 592 8643

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Whilst this page continues to be developed with new content, if there’s anything you would particularly like to see on these pages then you can do this by contacting the GSS Website teamYou can also join the discussion by joining the Methodology and Quality group.