Voluntary application award

The ‘Voluntary Application Award’ was established in 2020, in partnership with the Office for Statistics Regulation (OSR) and Civil Service World.

About the award

This award recognises excellence in the voluntary application of the 'pillars' of Trustworthiness, Quality and Value (TQV) that stand at the heart of OSR’s Code of Practice for Statistics.

Currently, the Code of Practice for Statistics applies to everyone in an organisation producing official statistics. ‘Voluntary application’, however, is where a producer of data, statistics and analysis, inside or outside government, commits to TQV in the way it produces and releases information even if it is not classified as official statistics.


Entrants need to demonstrate how they meet each of the following criteria:

  • A stated commitment to applying TQV in producing and sharing their information
  • Examples of how TQV have been applied to innovate or improve their information or processes
  • A demonstration of how public value has been enhanced by their application of the pillars.

More information about the Code of Practice and a list of the organisations that have already made a public commitment to VA are available on the UK Statistics Authority website.

Read about the winning entries in 2020

The 2021 Award will open for nominations in the new year