RSS members invited to join new official statistics network

The RSS’s National Statistics Advisory Group (NSAG) is launching a network for members who have an interest in official statistics.

Members of the NSAG Network will support the RSS in its mission to ensure that statistics are used in the public interest, so that policy formulation and decision-making are informed by evidence for the good of society.
Official statistics play a key role in informing policy decisions and public debate and they are at the heart of much of what RSS members do.

RSS work in this area is led by the NSAG, whose work covers a wide range of policy areas related to the UK's official statistics system, and which has had significant impact on the development of official statistics in the UK – driving the RSS’s work in areas such as inflation measurement and the development of legislation on data sharing.

Official statistics, though, is a huge subject area that touches on almost every aspect of life and it is not possible for NSAG alone to have the expertise to cover the entire range of the production and use of statistics.

The NSAG Network will make use of RSS members’ wide-ranging expertise and provide a route for all members to guide and inform RSS’s policy agenda, through:

  • Online discussion of policy issues around official statistics
  • Feeding-in to NSAG-led responses to government, parliamentary and other relevant consultations
  • Identifying emerging policy challenges and helping to shape the RSS's response
  • An annual workshop for members of the network.

The first opportunity for members of the Network to get involved will be in helping shape the response to a joint Treasury and UK Statistics Authority consultation on inflation – including through a soon-to-be announced consultative event at the end of July.

If you want to join the NSAG Network, please complete this web form and tell us about your interests and experience.

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