Reports and guides


Our key objective is for statistics to be used effectively in the public interest, so that policy formulation and decision-making are informed by evidence. To support this work, from time to time we commission research, expert panels, working groups or workshops, sometimes in partnership with other organisations, to investigate issues from which reports are published.

We also engage in outreach activities to take forward recommendations which result from our research.

Recent reports have explored the following topics:

  • Ten proposed reforms to improve gender pay gap reporting
  • Young people’s statistical education
  • Statistics and the law
  • The RSS Data Manifesto
  • Data skills needs in industry
  • Big data: opportunities and ethics
  • The Research Excellence Framework (the REF)
  • Price indices and measurement of inflation