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.

It calls for a more ambitious focus on user needs, ensuring that the public, as well as government, have access to relevant and reliable statistics. The report proposes:
  • Taking a question-based approach - identifying the areas where statistics are needed to help answer society’s big questions
  • Looking beyond just economic growth – looking at the impact of policy on other measures such as wellbeing and sustainability
  • Drawing data from a wider range of sources – looking beyond the official statistics system to the value of other available data.
This work follows the independent review of the UK Statistics Authority, welcomed by the RSS which proposes a Triennial Statistical Assembly. The RSS is planning to engage with the plans to set up the assembly, which it hopes will take the vision of public statistics forward.

We would welcome any feedback you have on our public statistics proposals. Get in touch at policy@rss.org.uk.
Read the summary report
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