Northern Ireland Road Safety Strategy to 2020: Annual Statistical Report

This is one of a series of reports prepared under the provisions of the Statistics and Registration Service Act 2007. The Act allows an appropriate authority to request an assessment of official statistics against the Code of Practice for Official Statistics in order for them to gain National Statistics status. This report is in response to such a request. The report covers the set of statistics reported in Northern Ireland Road Safety Strategy to 2020: Annual Statistical Report 2015 (Road Safety Strategy Statistical Report) produced by the Department of the Environment Northern Ireland (DOENI).

This report was prepared by the UK Statistics Authority’s Assessment team, and approved by the Regulation Committee on behalf of the Board of the UK Statistics Authority, based on the advice of the Director General for Regulation.

The Authority judges that the statistics covered by this report do not fully comply with the Code of Practice for Official Statistics in the ways summarised in paragraph 1.8. The Authority judges that the statistics published in Northern Ireland Road Safety Strategy to 2020: Annual Statistical Report 2015 cannot be designated as National Statistics until the Authority has confirmed that appropriate actions have been taken by DOENI to meet the Requirements listed in section 1.8. DOENI is expected to report its completed actions to the Authority by August 2016.

DOENI has been fully engaged in the Assessment process and it is clear that its statisticians are well-respected and provide additional statistical support and advice to users, in particular to their Northern Ireland Road Safety Strategy policy colleagues.


Letter of confirmation as National Statistics

Driver and Vehicle Statistics in Northern Ireland (Department of the Environment Northern Ireland)

This is one of a series of reports prepared under the provisions of the Statistics and Registration Service Act 2007 . The Act allows an appropriate authority to request an assessment of official statistics against the Code of Practice for Official Statistics in order for them to gain National Statistics status. This report is in response to such a request. The report covers the sets of statistics referred to in this report as driver and vehicle statistics, produced by the Department of the Environment Northern Ireland (DOE) and reported in:

• Driver, Vehicle, Operator and Enforcement Statistics – Annual (Annual Driver and Vehicle)

• Driver, Vehicle, Operator and Enforcement Statistics – Quarterly (Quarterly Driver and Vehicle)

Section 3 of this report adopts an ‘exception reporting’ approach – it includes text only to support the Requirements made to strengthen compliance with the Code and Suggestions made to improve confidence in the production, management and dissemination of these statistics. This abbreviated style of report reflects the Director General for Regulation’s consideration of aspects of risk and materiality. The Assessment team nonetheless assessed compliance with all parts of the Code of Practice and has commented on all those in respect of which some remedial action is recommended.

Assessments of compendium publications against the Code of Practice relate to the processes involved in preparing the publication, rather than in producing the statistics that are included. The National Statistics designation relating to the compendium is not automatically conferred on any of the constituent series. Those sets of statistics will normally be subject to separate assessment to attain National Statistics status, but in some cases a compendium publication may include other statistics where this is helpful context. Designation of a compendium publication as National Statistics therefore means that the producer body has, for example: identified and met user needs in terms of the content of the publication; considered the appropriateness of each series for inclusion; and written appropriate commentary.

This report was prepared by the Authority’s Assessment team, and approved by the Regulation Committee on behalf of the Board of the Statistics Authority, based on the advice of the Director General for Regulation.

Driver and Vehicle Statistics in Northern Ireland: Letter of Confirmation as National Statistics, 2014

Statistics on the Environment and Waste Management in Northern Ireland

This is one of a series of reports prepared under the provisions of the Statistics and Registration Service Act 2007. The Act allows an appropriate authority3 to request an assessment of official statistics against the Code of Practice for Official Statistics in order for them to gain National Statistics status. This report is in response to such a request. The report covers the following sets of statistics produced by the Department of the Environment Northern Ireland (DOE):

• Northern Ireland Environmental Statistics Report (ESR)

• Northern Ireland Local Authority Collected Municipal Waste Management Statistics; Annual Report (MWM Annual)

• Northern Ireland Local Authority Collected Municipal Waste Management Statistics; Provisional Estimates (MWM Quarterly)

Section 3 of this report adopts an ‘exception reporting’ approach – it includes text only to support the Requirements made to strengthen compliance with the Code and Suggestions made to improve confidence in the production, management and dissemination of these statistics. This abbreviated style of report reflects the Head of Assessment’s consideration of aspects of risk and materiality. The Assessment team nonetheless assessed compliance with all parts of the Code of Practice and has commented on all those in respect of which some remedial action is recommended.

ESR is a compendium report comprising the re-presentation of previously published statistics alongside a small number of new statistics. Assessments of compendium publications against the Code of Practice relate to the processes involved in preparing the publication, rather than in producing the statistics that are included. Those sets of statistics will normally be subject to separate assessment. Designation of a compendium publication as National Statistics therefore means that the producer body has, for example: identified and met user needs in terms of the content of the publication; considered the appropriateness of each series for inclusion; and written appropriate commentary

This report was prepared by the Authority’s Assessment team, and approved by the Assessment Committee on behalf of the Board of the Statistics Authority, based on the advice of the Head of Assessment.

Statistics on the Environment and Waste Management in Northern Ireland: Letter of Confirmation as National Statistics