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Government Statistical Service (GSS) Conference 2019: Our Statistics, Today’s Issues

We are looking forward to seeing all the attendees at the GSS conference in Edinburgh next week. The theme of the event is government data informing public debate and shaping policy through evidence-based decision making.

A handbook about the event is available to download on the GSS website. This includes information on the agenda, abstracts and keynote speakers.
Places for this year’s Conference have already been allocated. If you are attending the conference and have any questions please:
If you are tweeting about the event please use #GSSconf2019.

We look forward to seeing you all!

Do you work with official statistics on homelessness and rough sleeping?

The GSS Harmonisation team have developed a new interactive tool to help users compare official statistics on homelessness and rough sleeping across the UK. We developed this tool following recommendations from our feasibility report.

The tool provides guidance on:
  • comparisons between statistics
  • the process a person may go through when seeking support for housing in each UK country
  • the collection process for each country’s statistics
Feedback from users will guide future development and improvements to this Beta version. If you have any feedback, please contact us at


Surely there’s no ethics in mathematics?

Take a look at the blog by Kim Ward and Aimee North discussing their  "corporate objective" seminar. The seminar looked at ways of identifying and avoiding any potential harm which may result from the use of mathematical techniques. 


GSS-wide courses: limited places available!

There are still places left on the Introduction to the Code of Practice for Statistics on 27 November in London.

If you would like a place, please contact Places will be allocated on a first come first serve basis.

We will be running further GSS-wide courses in Leeds, with dates being released shortly.


Do you want to help us to improve statistical publications?

The Good Practice Team run regular peer review workshops to help improve statistical releases. In these workshops, participants review a statistical publication and suggest improvements.

Places are still available for upcoming workshops. If you would like to get involved please contact us at


Opportunities across the GSS

Take a look on the GSS website for information about Statistical OfficerHigher Statistical Officer and Senior Statistical Officer roles available across the GSS.

You can view all current vacancies on the GSS website.

Learning and Development

The GSS Georgaphy Champions Network

The GSS Geography Champions Network met at the National Audit Office on 18 September. This session covered:
  • developing new guidance and training
  • which add-ons to use for ArcGIS
  • country classifications, and
  • address matching.
The aim of the network is to enable knowledge sharing and promote innovation. The network also provides ongoing support for the Geography Policy.

The Network meets quarterly and we aim to have a representative from every Government department. If you work with geography statistics please speak to your champion about any challenges or queries.

If you have any questions about the network or are interested in becoming the champion for your department, please get in touch with Claire Pini.
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