Statistics aren't just numbers. Statistics have the potential to improve people's lives. The numbers we produce from real-life data help to shape the important debates in today's society and economy. They provide the key evidence on which government policies and a multitude of everyday decisions are based. 

Our work on the 2024 general election

The RSS as a charity and membership body is committed to a world with data at the heart of understanding and decision-making.

Our work on public statistics

This work led by our National Statistics Advisory Group examines how we can capitalise on the increasing amounts of data available and look beyond official statistics to help answer society’s most important questions.

Our Data Manifesto

The Manifesto gives ten recommendations on how the UK government can improve data for policymaking, democracy and for the prosperity of society as a whole

Upcoming policy consultations

The latest open policy consultations that may be of interest to members.

Climate change explainers

The RSS has launched a series of explainers on the statistics and data underpinning our understanding of climate change, led by the RSS Climate Change and Net Zero Task Force. 

Our work on Covid-19

Read about the work we've done in the past year to highlight ways in which statistics, data and evidence could be better used and communicated to improve the government’s response to the pandemic.

RSS policy groups

The RSS has several expert groups that focus on the Society’s policy work in the specific areas of education, national statistics and academic affairs.