The Royal Statistical Society (RSS) are now accepting entries for our 2023 Campion Award for Excellence in Official Statistics, presented in partnership with the Authority and Civil Service World.

The award, for work completed in 2022, celebrates the role government statisticians play in answering some of society’s most important questions, and rewards good practice and innovation in producing and presenting statistics for the public good.

It is named in honour of former RSS president, the late Sir Harry Campion, who was also the first director of the UK Central Statistical Office, the forerunner to the Office for National Statistics.

Last year’s winner was the team behind the Covid-19 Infection Survey, which the judging panel considered a crucial resource during the pandemic with a clear impact on public policy.

Dev Virdee, chair of the judging panel, commenting on this year’s launch, said: “Since the award’s inception we have seen many excellent examples of innovative communication and the meeting of user needs. For this year, we are particularly interested to see strong examples of the development of new data sources which are often used as the basis for so many other statistical products, as well as final outputs that directly support policy makers and citizens.”

Sir Robert Chote, chair of the Authority, said: “I look forward enormously to seeing the entries for this year’s Campion award. They will no doubt provide further evidence of the innovation and dedication with which members of the GSS have responded to recent economic and social challenges and to the heightened demand for rigorous analysis, evidence and insight that we are seeing at the highest levels of government.”

The deadline for entries is Tuesday 18 April. Read more about the criteria and download the entry form.