Annex C: Strategic Risks

Short titleRisk summary
Independence & trustworthinessThe risk that the statutory independence of the UK Statistics Authority is, or is perceived to be, compromised by political interests or commercial relationships.
Keeping pace with the analytical priorities of societyThe risk that the UKSA does not identify or prioritise answering the key analytical questions to respond with agility and pace in and provide timely and relevant data and/or does not take opportunities to collaborate on analysis across Government, devolved regions, local authorities, data providers and data users.
Delivery of strategic ambitionThe risk that the UKSA is unable to ensure that appropriate investment and/or resource is allocated to the key activities that impact on the strategy, and/or is unable to respond with agility to new/emerging priorities.
Quality StatisticsThe risk that the quality (and/or perception of quality) of UKSA outputs diminishes.
Security, legal and ethicalAn increased risk of an accidental information loss and/or a successful cyber or physical attack resulting in service disruption and/or a data breach or legal non-compliance.
Our peopleThe risk that the UKSA is unable to attract, develop, retain and deploy individuals with the best analytical and professional skills; we are unable to build a diverse and inclusive pool of talent; we are unable to build a workforce that is agile and adaptable to change; and/or we are unable to enhance the sustainability and wellbeing of our workforce.
Our communicationsThe risk that the UKSA is not open, accessible, coherent and timely, is not seen as transparent, is misunderstood or misused and is unable to respond with agility.
Inclusivity in our statistics and analysisThe risk that the UKSA's presentation of society is not inclusive and reflective of all aspects of the UK's rapidly changing economy, demographics, and policy priorities.
Ability to transform and accurately measure population and migrationThe risk that the UKSA fails to i) accurately produce its core population and migration statistics offering and/or does not deliver the transformation required for it to be fit for the future and ii) fails to provide a credible evidence base for the acceptance of the 2023 recommendation by Parliament.
Public Health monitoring, reporting and analysisThe risk that the UKSA is unable to deliver its remit and strategic aims in the health policy space and respond at pace to key health policy questions.
Data access and usabilityThe risk that the UKSA does not have or is unable to obtain regular and sustainable access to administrative data (admin and survey) that is useable and of sufficient quality to deliver on its commitments and ambitions including the Integrated Data Service (IDS).
Technological resilienceThe risk that the UKSA technology estate (inc. third party suppliers, software, systems, services, and platforms) is unreliable, obsolescent, or no longer supported.
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