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Releasing statistics in spreadsheets

This guidance presents good practice for releasing statistics in spreadsheets. The guidance is in two parts. Part 1 is about how statistics are displayed. Part 2 is about releasing statistics in open formats.

The guidance is available in two formats – a guidance document, including examples of good practice; and a quick reference check list.

Guidance document

Front page Guidance


Check list


The guidance was instigated by GSS statisticians Emily and Louisa whilst on secondment to the fact checking organisation Full Fact. On returning to their departments, they worked with the Good Practice Team to create a resource for the whole GSS to use. Emily and Louise have blogged to tell us more about the guidance.

Please contact the Good Practice Team if you have any questions, comments or feedback.