Guidance and resources – producing official statistics

 


Table of guidance and resources

Use the table below to access links to guidance that will help you understand the Code and think about how to apply and comply with the principles and practices. It includes guidance produced by the Office for Statistics Regulation and the UK Statistics Authority, as well as guidance produced by the Government Statistical Service (GSS) and the Good Practice Team (GPT), and for some principles, guidance from international statistics bodies and non-government organisations.

 

PrincipleDescriptionLinkSource
T1: Honesty and IntegrityHow to report a breach against the Code of Practice for Statistics when an organisation fails to meet the standards set out in the Code. Breaches should be reported to the Government Statistical Service's (GSS) Good Practice Team. Includes guidance on what you need to know, the process to report a breach, the template to complete and submit to the Good Practice Team, and a list of the common breaches of the Code with considerations and corrective actions to take.Reporting breaches of the CodeGSS
T1: Honesty and IntegrityExamples of published breach reports.How to avoid common breaches of the CodeUKSA
T1: Honesty and IntegrityThe Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants. These are based on the core values which are set out in legislation: integrity, honesty, objectivity and impartiality.The Civil Service CodeCivil Service Commission
T1: Honesty and IntegrityThe United Nations Economic Commission for Europe's (UNECE) Fundamental Principles of Official Statistics sets out the standards of official statistics that have been adopted at all levels of the UN. It recognises that reliable and objective information is crucial for decision making.UN Fundamental Principles of Official StatisticsUNECE
T2: Independent decision making and leadershipGuidance that sets out the roles and responsibilities of Heads of Profession for Statistics. Also includes a statement of the role of Lead Officials for Statistics and their engagement with the UK Statistical System.Roles and responsibilities for the statistical Heads of ProfessionGSS
T2: Independent decision making and leadershipProducers of official statistics should consider revising, replacing or ceasing to publish statistical outputs whenever it is appropriate to do so to maintain public value. This guidance outlines what you should do when making and implementing these decisions.Changing or ceasing to publish official statisticsGSS
T2: Independent decision making and leadershipThe Better Statistics, Better Decisions Strategy, published in October 2014, sets out the collective mission of the UK Statistics Authority (UKSA), the Office for National Statistics (ONS) and the GSS: to provide high quality statistics, analysis and advice to help Britain make better decisions.GSS strategy: Better Statistics, Better DecisionsGSS
T2: Independent decision making and leadershipA 2017 update of progress against the Better Statistics, Better Decisions GSS Strategy, three years after its launch.GSS strategy: Better Statistics, Better Decisions – Three Years OnGSS
T2: Independent decision making and leadershipA document that summarises the process to create, update and agree all GSS policies, standards, guidance and strategies. The document highlights the process required to upload documents on the Policy Store and the metadata which should be included within them.Governance for Statistical Policies, Standards and GuidanceGSS
T2: Independent decision making and leadershipThe latest UKSA business plan, published in April 2018, covers the period 2018-2021. The plan outlines how the Betters Statistics, Better Decisions Strategy supports professional oversight of the UK system of official statistics and exclusive responsibility for the Office for National Statistics (ONS).UK Statistics Authority Business Plan 2018-2021 (PDF, 0.90MB)UKSA
T2: Independent decision making and leadershipThe final report of the independent review of UK economic statistics, led by Professor Sir Charles Bean of the London School of Economics, was published in March 2016. It considers the challenges of statistical measurement in the modern economy.Independent review of UK economic statistics: final reportIndependent review
T3: Orderly releaseHow to report a breach against the Code of Practice for Statistics for when an organisation fails to meet the standards set out in the Code. Breaches should be reported to the Government Statistical Service’s (GSS) Good Practice Team. Includes guidance on what you need to know, the process to report a breach, the template to complete and submit to the Good Practice Team, and a list of the common breaches of the Code with considerations and corrective actions to take.Reporting a breach of the CodeGSS
T3: Orderly releaseExamples of published breach reports.Breach reportsUKSA
T3: Orderly releaseAnswers to questions OSR has received about publishing official statistics in line with the Code. Topics covered include: pre-announcing the release of statistics, labeling the status of the statistics and publishing ad-hoc statistics releases.Regulatory guidance on publishing official statistics and National StatisticsOSR
T3: Orderly releaseA list of pre-release access orders. These orders set out the principles and rules that govern pre-release access to official statistics in their final form before publication.Pre-Release Access Orders, including devolved administrationsUKSA
T3: Orderly releaseGuidance that provides advice on how government departments should treat management information to get maximum value from it while protecting public trust in official statistics. The sections of this guidance relating to pre-release access are mandatory.Publishing management informationGSS
T3: Orderly releaseGuidance that aims to help producers of official statistics consider how best to involve other administrations.Working across the devolved administrationsGSS
T3: Orderly releasePublished and upcoming official statistics from across UK government, including statistical releases and data tables.gov.uk statistics release calendarUK Government
T4: Transparent processes and managementA document that summarises the process to create, update and agree all Government Statistical Service (GSS) policies, standards, guidance and strategies. The document highlights the process required to upload documents on the Policy and guidance hub and the metadata which should be included within them.Governance for statistical policies, standards and guidanceGSS
T4: Transparent processes and managementA webpage that outlines the expectations and legislation requirements, and describes the need for administrations to work together.Devolution and the GSSGSS
T4: Transparent processes and managementGuidance that aims to help producers of official statistics consider how best to involve other administrations.Working across the devolved administrationsGSS
T4: Transparent processes and managementGuidance that provides practical advice on how to communicate quality, uncertainty and change for different types of statistics and for a range of audiences.Communicating quality, uncertainty and changeGSS
T4: Transparent processes and managementGuidance on using social media to disseminate statistics. It is designed for departments who want to get started on social media, but may also be helpful for departments already using social media.Guidance on using social media in the GSSGSS
T4: Transparent processes and managementThe Concordat sets out the agreed framework for co-operation between the UK Government (including the UK Statistics Authority (UKSA) and Office for National Statistics (ONS)) and devolved administrations, in relation to the production of statistics, for and within the UK, statistical standards and the statistics profession.Concordat on Statistics (between UK Government, ONS, UKSA and devolved administrations) (PDF, 0.09MB)GSS
T4: Transparent processes and managementThe government has published a revised set of government consultation principles. These principles give clear guidance to government departments on conducting consultations.Guidance on public consultationsCabinet Office
T4: Transparent processes and managementPublished and upcoming official statistics from across UK government, including statistical releases and data tables.gov.uk statistics release calendarUK Government
T5: Professional capabilityThe Government Statistical Service (GSS) website contains links to relevant news, comments from the National Statistician, the Policy Store, job vacancies, conferences, and learning and development opportunities.GSS websiteGSS
T5: Professional capabilityThe Government Statistician Group (GSG) Competency Framework is used to assess the technical skills of government statisticians and data scientists who belong to the Government Statistician Group (GSG). All GSG statisticians and data scientists are assessed against this when they enter the profession and as they progress through the grades.GSG Competency FrameworkGSS
T5: Professional capabilityThe Government Statistician Group (GSG) Guide to Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is applicable to both Statisticians and Data Scientists within the Statistics profession and is intended to help you through the process of identifying and meeting your learning and development needs.GSG Guide to Continuous Professional Development (PDF, 0.12MB)GSS
T5: Professional capabilityThe Royal Statistical Society (RSS) encourages all its members, and requires its professionally qualified members, to follow a process of continuous professional review through CPD. The Society provides guidelines on minimum targets at which to aim.RSS Continuing Professional Development policyRSS
T5: Professional capabilityThe United Nations Economic Commission for Europe’s (UNECE) guide on Making Data Meaningful is intended as a practical tool to help managers, statisticians and media relations officers use text, and visualisations to bring statistics to life for non-statisticians. It contains suggestions, guidelines and examples.A UNECE guide to Making Data MeaningfulUNECE
T5: Professional capabilityAdvice for policy professionals on using statistics, developed by the Government Statistical Service's Good Practice Team. It aims to help policy professionals work effectively with statisticians and other analysts, by introducing some key ideas and concepts to help them ask the right questions when working with statistical evidence.Guidance on statistics for policy professionals GSS
T6: Data governanceOffice for Statistics Regulation guidance on building confidence in the handling and use of data. It covers handling data to produce and publish official statistics, and making data available to external users, in ways that are transparent and accountable.OSR data governance guidanceOSR
T6: Data governanceThe National Statistician's Data Ethics Advisory Committee (NSDEC) was established to advise the National Statistician on the ethical considerations of accessing, sharing and using data. NSDEC considers project and policy proposals from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) and the Government Statistical Service (GSS) and advises the National Statistician on the ethical appropriateness of these.National Statistician's Data Ethics Advisory Committee (NSDEC)UKSA
T6: Data governanceNSDEC has produced an ethics self-assessment toolkit. It provides an easy-to-use framework for researchers to review the ethics of their projects throughout the research cycle.NSDEC ethics self-assessment toolkitUKSA
T6: Data governanceThe National Statistician’s Quality Review on privacy and data confidentiality methods brings together important evidence about statistical disclosure control. It aims to help the Government Statistical Service (GSS) take full advantage of the cutting-edge developments and research conducted by world leading experts from across academia and the private sector.Privacy and data confidentiality methods: a National Statistician’s Quality Review (NSQR)GSS
T6: Data governanceA series of guidance on documents on statistical disclosure control produced by GSS and the Government Social Research Profession (GSR). There is separate guidance for tables produced from administrative data, tables produced from surveys, and microdata produced from social surveys.Guidance on Statistical Disclosure ControlGSS/GSR
T6: Data governanceA webpage that provides helpful information about data protection. The Data Protection Act controls how personal information is used by organisations, businesses or the government.Data Protection Act websiteUK Government
T6: Data governanceThe Open Data Institute's (ODI) Data Ethics Canvas is designed to help identify potential ethical issues associated with a data project or activity. The webpage contains a user guide, a template and a workshop plan.ODI Data Ethics CanvasODI
T6: Data governanceGuidance from the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) for organisations on data legislation, governance and information management, including the Data Protection Act, the General Data Protection Regulation, and Freedom of Information requests.ICO guidance for organisationsICO
T6: Data governanceThe ICO’s anonymisation code of practice explains the issues surrounding the anonymisation of personal data, and the disclosure of data once it has been anonymised. It describes the steps an organisation can take to ensure that anonymisation is conducted effectively, while retaining useful data.Anonymisation: managing data protection risk code of practice (PDF, 1.89MB)ICO
T6: Data governanceA guide for those who have day-to-day responsibility for data protection. It explains the purpose and effect of each principle, gives practical examples and answers frequently asked questions.ICO data protection principlesICO
T6: Data governanceThe UK Anonymisation Network (UKAN) offers practical advice and information to anyone who handles personal data and needs to share it.UKAN resourcesUKAN
Q1: Suitable data sourcesGuidance on quality assuring administrative data used to create statistics. It includes explanatory notes, case examples, Frequently Asked Questions, the actual toolkit (audit questionnaire), and questions to prompt thinking when conducting the audit.Quality Assurance of Administrative Data (QAAD)OSR
Q1: Suitable data sourcesGuidance on quality assuring management information (MI) – aggregate information collated during the normal course of business to inform operational delivery, policy development or the management of performance. It includes examples of the practices to use.Quality Assurance of Management Information (QAMI)OSR
Q1: Suitable data sourcesThis guidance supports statistics producers in meeting the quality requirements of the UK Code of Practice for Statistics and Eurostat’s European Statistics Code of Practice, which sets out five dimensions for measuring the quality of statistical outputs.Quality statistics in governmentGSS
Q1: Suitable data sourcesThis strategy aims to improve statistical quality across the Government Statistical Service (GSS) to produce statistics that serve the public good. It sets out what the GSS should be doing to improve the quality of its statistics and manage the processes surrounding their production.GSS Quality StrategyGSS
Q2: Sound methodsA resource for official statistics producers to develop their knowledge and understanding of the broad range of methodological approaches used across the Government Statistical Service (GSS).GSS methodology webpageGSS
Q2: Sound methodsThis guidance supports statistics producers in meeting the quality requirements of the UK Code of Practice for Statistics and Eurostat’s European Statistics Code of Practice, which sets out five dimensions for measuring the quality of statistical outputs.Quality statistics in governmentGSS
Q2: Sound methodsA webpage with links to a series of guidance documents on harmonisation, including what harmonisation is and its aims, the Harmonisation Handbook and the GSS Harmonised Principles.Harmonisation within the GSS webpageGSS
Q2: Sound methodsGuidance that provides practical advice on how to communicate quality, uncertainty and change for different types of statistics and for a range of audiences.Communicating quality, uncertainty and changeGSS
Q2: Sound methodsGuidance for government analysts on when and how to use quota sampling. The target audience is government analysts involved with quota surveys – whether commissioning research, designing and running surveys, or interpreting the results to inform policy colleagues.Quota sampling guidanceGSS
Q2: Sound methodsThis Government Statistical Service (GSS) guidance sets out when to use the experimental statistics label, when to introduce experimental statistics, and removal of the experimental statistics label.Guidance on Experimental StatisticsGSS
Q2: Sound methodsThis guide sets out the Office for Statistics Regulation’s expectations regarding the production and handling of experimental statistics, a subset of official statistics going through development and evaluation, in line with the Code.Experimental statistics – official statistics in developmentOSR
Q2: Sound methodsInformation on a range of statistical classifications and standards, including the UK Standard Industrial Classification of Economic Activities, the Standard occupational classification, Economic statistics classifications, and other national and international classifications.Statistical classificationsONS
Q2: Sound methodsGuidance on collecting and classifying data on ethnic group, national identity, religion, and sexual identity, and an overview of the Office for National Statistics' (ONS) work on gender identity.Guidance on measuring equalityONS
Q2: Sound methodsThe European Statistics Code of Practice, adopted by the European Statistical System (ESS), aims to ensure that statistics produced within the ESS are not only relevant, timely and accurate but also comply with principles of professional independence, impartiality and objectivity. The Code of Practice for Statistics is aligned with the ESS Code of Practice.European Statistics Code of Practice (2011 edition) Eurostat
Q2: Sound methodsInformation on all main international statistical methods and classifications used by the United Nations (UN).UN international classificationsUN
Q2: Sound methodsA UN list of agreed international statistical principles and good practice tips that will enhance the functioning of the international statistical system. The Code of Practice for Statistics is aligned with these principles.UN principles governing international statistical activitiesUN
Q2: Sound methodsThe United Nations Economic Commission for Europe’s (UNECE) Fundamental Principles of Official Statistics sets out the standards of official statistics that have been adopted at all levels of the UN. It recognises that reliable and objective information is crucial for decision making.UN Fundamental Principles of Official StatisticsUNECE
Q3: Assured qualityGuidance on quality assuring administrative data used to create statistics. It includes explanatory notes, case examples, Frequently Asked Questions, the actual toolkit (audit questionnaire), and questions to prompt thinking when conducting the audit.Quality Assurance of Administrative Data (QAAD)OSR
Q3: Assured qualityGuidance on quality assuring management information (MI) – aggregate information collated during the normal course of business to inform operational delivery, policy development or the management of performance. It includes examples of the practices to use.Quality Assurance of Management Information (QAMI)OSR
Q3: Assured qualityThis guidance supports statistics producers in meeting the quality requirements of the UK Code of Practice for Statistics and Eurostat’s European Statistics Code of Practice, which sets out five dimensions for measuring the quality of statistical outputs.Quality statistics in governmentGSS
Q3: Assured qualityThis strategy aims to improve statistical quality across the Government Statistical Service (GSS) to produce statistics that serve the public good. It sets out what the GSS should be doing to improve the quality of its statistics and manage the processes surrounding their production.GSS Quality StrategyGSS
Q3: Assured qualityA webpage with links to a series of guidance documents on harmonisation, including what harmonisation is and its aims, the Harmonisation Handbook and the GSS Harmonised Principles.Harmonisation within the GSS webpageGSS
Q3: Assured qualityGuidance that provides practical advice on how to communicate quality, uncertainty and change for different types of statistics and for a range of audiences.Communicating quality, uncertainty and changeGSS
Q3: Assured qualityGuidance for producing quality analysis for government. It is used by the UK Government Policy Profession. For those within the Policy Profession, the Code of Practice for Statistics does not supercede the Aqua Book, but complements it.The Aqua BookUK Government
Q3: Assured qualityThe Quality Assurance Framework of the European Statistical System (ESS) is a supporting document that assists producers with implementing the European Statistics Code of Practice. It contains recommendations on activities, methods and tools that facilitate the practical and effective implementation of quality.ESS Quality Assurance Framework (PDF, 0.43MB)Eurostat
Q3: Assured qualityThe ESS Handbook for Quality Reports provides recommendations on how to prepare comprehensive quality reports for the full range of statistical processes and their output. It also provides detailed guidelines and examples of quality reporting practices.ESS Handbook for Quality Reports (PDF, 3.06MB)Eurostat
Q3: Assured qualityA template developed by the United Nations (UN) to help countries develop and implement national quality frameworks of their own, or to build on existing ones. The website includes a list of tools and resources.UN Generic National Quality Assurance Framework (NQAF)UN
Q3: Assured qualityThe United Nations Economic Commission for Europe’s (UNECE) handbook for using administrative and secondary sources for official statistics provides international methodological guidelines to help those in the early stages of using administrative data.Using Administrative and Secondary Sources for Official Statistics: A Handbook of Principles and Practices (2011)UNECE
V1: Relevance to usersA webpage that brings together information and guidance on user engagement, including how to identify users, and why and how to engage with users.User engagement webpageGSS
V1: Relevance to usersA webpage that brings together guidance and resources on communicating statistics.Communicating statistics webpageGSS
V1: Relevance to usersGuidance that provides practical advice on how to communicate quality, uncertainty and change for different types of statistics and for a range of audiences.Communicating quality, uncertainty and changeGSS
V1: Relevance to usersGuidance that aims to help producers of statistics improve their statistical commentary.Writing about statisticsGSS
V1: Relevance to usersA blog about the work by the Department for Work and Pension’s (DWP) Client Statistics Branch to develop a variety of formats for releasing their statistics, to cover a wide range of users' needs.GSS blog: transforming the release of statistics in DWPGSS
V1: Relevance to usersA blog about Ofqual's statistics transformation programme in early 2017 to refresh its releases. The objectives were to make their statistics more engaging, informative and targeted to different types of users.GSS blog: Ofqual statistics transformation programmeGSS
V1: Relevance to usersThe government has published a revised set of government consultation principles. These principles give clear guidance to government departments on conducting consultations.Guidance on public consultationsCabinet Office
V1: Relevance to usersGovernment Digital Service (GDS) guidance on using social media in the public sector. It aims to share GDS best practice.GDS Social Media PlaybookGDS
V1: Relevance to usersA tool developed by the Medical Research Council, Chief Scientist Office and the University of Glasgow that guides readers through a series of questions to help them to review and interpret published health research papers.Understanding Health Research toolMedical Research Council
V1: Relevance to usersA guide by the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) that helps producers of statistics explain the sources and methods for producing statistics (metadata).Getting the Facts Right: A guide to presenting metadata (PDF, 19.78MB)UNECE
V2: AccessibilityA webpage that brings together guidance and resources on communicating statistics.Communicating statistics webpageGSS
V2: AccessibilityThis guidance sets out some principles to think about when presenting statistical data.Designing effective tables, graphs and mapsGSS
V2: AccessibilityThis guidance provides advice on how to present statistics in spreadsheets and how to publish them online. This guidance is currently under review.Presenting and publishing statistics in spreadsheetsGSS
V2: AccessibilityThis guidance provides advice on how government departments should treat management information to get maximum value from it while protecting public trust in official statistics. The sections of this guidance relating to pre-release access are mandatory.Publishing management informationGSS
V2: AccessibilityA blog about the work by the Department for Work and Pension’s (DWP) Client Statistics Branch to develop a variety of formats for releasing their statistics, to cover a wide range of users' needs.GSS blog: transforming the release of statistics in DWPGSS
V2: AccessibilityA list of pre-release access orders. These orders set out the principles and rules that govern pre-release access to official statistics in their final form before publication.Pre-Release Access Orders, including devolved administrationsUKSA
V2: AccessibilityNew regulations mean public sector organisations have a legal duty to make sure websites and apps meet accessibility requirements. The accessibility regulations aim to help make sure online public services are accessible to all users, including those with disabilities.Accessibility regulationsUK Government
V2: AccessibilityPublished and upcoming official statistics from across UK government, including statistical releases and data tables.gov.uk statistics release calendarUK Government
V2: AccessibilityGovernment Digital Service (GDS) guidance on using social media in the public sector. It aims to share GDS best practice.GDS Social Media PlaybookGDS
V2: AccessibilityA Government Digital Service (GDS) blog about understanding accessibility.GDS blog: What we mean when we talk about accessibilityGDS
V2: AccessibilityA GDS blog with tips for designing outputs for a variety of users such as screen readers and those with dyslexia, low vision and physical or motor disabilities.GDS blog: Do’s and don’ts designing for accessibilityGDS
V2: AccessibilityA GDS blog with tips on how to think about colour use in your webpages.GDS blog: Colour contrast and why does it matterGDS
V2: AccessibilityA GDS blog discussing the need to consider the access needs of other people before you can confidently say that your service is accessible.GDS blog: Consider the range of people that will use your product or serviceGDS
V2: AccessibilityA guide by the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) that helps producers of statistics explain the sources and methods for producing statistics (metadata).Getting the Facts Right: A guide to presenting metadata (PDF, 19.78MB)UNECE
V2: AccessibilityThe UN's Common Metadata Framework concentrates on practical and theoretical aspects of statistical metadata systems.UN Common Metadata FrameworkUN
V3: Clarity and insightAnswers to questions OSR has received about publishing official statistics in line with the Code. Topics covered include: pre-announcing the release of statistics, labeling the status of the statistics and publishing ad-hoc statistics releases.Regulatory guidance on publishing official statistics and National StatisticsOSR
V3: Clarity and insightGuidance that aims to help producers of statistics improve their statistical commentary.Writing about statisticsGSS
V3: Clarity and insightA webpage that brings together guidance and resources on communicating statistics.Communicating statistics webpageGSS
V3: Clarity and insightThis guidance sets out some principles to think about when presenting statistical data.Designing effective tables, graphs and mapsGSS
V3: Clarity and insightThis guidance provides advice on how to present statistics in spreadsheets and how to publish them online. This guidance is currently under review.Presenting and publishing statistics in spreadsheetsGSS
V3: Clarity and insightA webpage with links to a series of guidance documents on harmonisation, including what harmonisation is and its aims, the Harmonisation Handbook and the GSS Harmonised Principles.Harmonisation within the GSS webpageGSS
V3: Clarity and insightThe United Nations Economic Commission for Europe’s (UNECE) guide on Making Data Meaningful is intended as a practical tool to help managers, statisticians and media relations officers use text, and visualisations to bring statistics to life for non-statisticians. It contains suggestions, guidelines and examples.A UNECE guide to Making Data MeaningfulUNECE
V4: Innovation and improvementThis guide sets out the Office for Statistics Regulation’s (OSR) expectations regarding the production and handling of experimental statistics, a subset of official statistics going through development and evaluation, in line with the Code.Experimental statistics – official statistics in developmentOSR
V4: Innovation and improvementThis Government Statistical Service (GSS) guidance sets out when to use the experimental statistics label, when to introduce experimental statistics, and removal of the experimental statistics label.Guidance on Experimental StatisticsGSS
V4: Innovation and improvementAn OSR article on how collaboration can lead to trusted, high quality statistics that provide public value, when it supports producers to improve and innovate in different ways. It draws on examples from producers working in Children, Education and Skills statistics and how they have collaborated to drive improvements.Collaboration is keyOSR
V4: Innovation and improvementAn OSR article on innovation in the dissemination of statistics, focusing on positive features of the development process. It draws on examples from producers working in Children, Education and Skills statistics and how they have developed alternative outputs to supplement their main statistical publications.Engaging the audience – exploring statistics beyond the pdfOSR
V4: Innovation and improvementA blog by Louisa McCutcheon (OSR) on some of the challenges faced by producers when innovating in the development and presentation of statistics.Overcoming barriers to changeOSR
V4: Innovation and improvementA resource for official statistics producers to develop their knowledge and understanding of the broad range of methodological approaches used across the Government Statistical Service (GSS).GSS methodology webpageGSS
V4: Innovation and improvementA webpage with links to a series of guidance documents on harmonisation, including what harmonisation is and its aims, the Harmonisation Handbook and the GSS Harmonised Principles.Harmonisation within the GSS webpageGSS
V4: Innovation and improvementA GSS blog about the work by the Department for Work and Pension’s (DWP) Client Statistics Branch to develop a variety of formats for releasing their statistics, to cover a wide range of users' needs.GSS blog: transforming the release of statistics in DWPGSS
V4: Innovation and improvementGovernment Digital Service (GDS) guidance on using social media in the public sector. It aims to share GDS best practice.GDS Social Media PlaybookGDS
V4: Innovation and improvementGuidance on the UK Government's design principles and examples of how they've been used, from starting with user needs to designing with data.Government design principlesUK Government
V5: Efficiency and proportionalityA webpage with links to a series of guidance documents on harmonisation, including what harmonisation is and its aims, the Harmonisation Handbook and the Government Statistical Service's (GSS) Harmonised Principles.Harmonisation within the GSS webpageGSS
V5: Efficiency and proportionalityThis guidance provides advice on how government departments should treat management information to get maximum value from it while protecting public trust in official statistics. The sections of this guidance relating to pre-release access are mandatory.Publishing management informationGSS
V5: Efficiency and proportionalityThe United Nations Economic Commission for Europe’s (UNECE) handbook for using administrative and secondary sources for official statistics provides international methodological guidelines to help those in the early stages of using administrative data.Using Administrative and Secondary Sources for Official Statistics: A Handbook of Principles and Practices (2011)UNECE