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A new 'What's New' dashboard!

The presentation champion network have redeveloped the 'What’s New' report into an interactive dashboard to help share best practice and to aid inter-departmental collaboration on statistical projects. The dashboard will be updated once a quarter and lists some of the most interesting statistical projects being carried out in each department.

This dashboard is new and experimental, so please help us to improve it by sharing your feedback through this short survey form. 

Do you work on surveys? Take note of changes to measuring respondent burden across the GSS!

The Code of Practice for Statistics provides producers of official statistics with detailed practices they must commit to. It also provides producers of non-official statistics with a framework they can voluntarily comply with.

Within the Code, Practice V5.5 requires producers of statistics to monitor the burden on those providing their information (the respondents). In order to achieve this for statistical surveys we need to estimate compliance costs incurred by businesses, local authorities, households and individuals responding to each of the department’s statistical surveys (using the methodology outlined in this guidance).

This information was previously collected by the GSS Best Practice & Impact Division as part of the Online List of Government Statistical Surveys data collection, but this has now been discontinued. Departments are now responsible for publishing their own estimates of compliance cost for their statistical surveys.

The compliance costs for individual surveys should be provided to users within the Background Quality Reports that accompany statistical bulletins. Departments should also consider publishing an annual survey compliance cost report. An example of this approach can be seen for HM Revenue and Customs who produce an annual estimate of costs incurred by businesses in completing HM Revenue and Customs statistical surveys. This new approach will enable more timely estimates to be provided to users as well as giving users access to the information at source.

The Best Practice & Impact Division is currently developing guidance on how producers can ensure they comply with practice V5.5 of the Code of Practice for Statistics.

If you have any questions, please contact us at

Actuaries and the Analysis Function article

The Government Actuaries Department have worked with the Analysis Function central team to create an article about Actuaries and the Analysis Function. This is a great example of showcasing to members how they fit in to the wider Analysis Function and what it means to them.  

Should your outputs be labelled as official statistics?

A new policy document has been published for producers of statistical outputs across government who need to decide whether to label data as official statistics.  The policy covers:
  • the legal background
  • points to consider when deciding how data should be labelled
  • good practice for releasing data which are not designated as official statistics.
Please take a look and share with your colleagues as appropriate. If you have any questions or comments please contact

Request for volunteers

The GSS People Committee are looking for volunteers for a Task and Finish group. The group will work on talent management, the GSS Talent Pipeline and further promoting and embedding the benefits of the sandwich and summer student process. The group will explore ways to improve promotion and understanding of the benefits of the two schemes and review if GSS is getting a pipeline of talent from these schemes and report into the People Committee’s Learning and Development Steering Group. 

To volunteer or request further information please contact

Do you want to know more about harmonisation?

The annual Harmonisation Champions Network (HCN) meeting occurred in London on 15 October with attendees from a wide range of government departments covering around half of all government departments with a GSS HoP. The HCN is about promoting harmonisation including comparability across government. Our champions discussed the major aims to continue progressing the GSS Harmonisation Strategy,  successfully generating ideas on how they can improve comparability in their department, and the way we as GSS Harmonisation Team can provide more support; we hope to share some of this work in the coming months.

Our speakers (Phillip Hall from MoJ and Liddy Brankley from OSR) prompted much thought and demonstrated the excellence in harmonisation already underway across government. Phillip showed how MoJ have developed their own harmonisation team to meet their needs and have produced internal harmonisation guidance, while Liddy explained the interactive tool for comparing homelessness statistics across government.

If anyone is interested in finding out more about harmonisation or would like to know who their department champion is (so they can forward you the Harmonisation champion newsletter every quarter), you can visit our webpage, read a beginners guide to harmonisation,  or e-mail us at


A message from new National Statistician Sir Ian Diamond on his first day

As Sir Ian Diamond starts his new role as National Statistician, you can read the latest National Statistician blog post where Sir Ian shares his thoughts on the road ahead.

Celebrating success at the GSS awards 2019

David Mais reflects on the first annual GSS awards that took place at the GSS conference. A big well done to all of the winners and those that were shortlisted!


Last chance to sign-up for the Office for Statistics Regulation Conference 2019!

There are just a few places left at the Office for Statistics Regulation’s conference ‘A New Regulatory Vision’, taking place 9.30am to 4.15pm on 6 November 2019, at etc Venues, Drummond Gate London.
The event will allow us to explore with you how best to respond to the challenges of data abundance, data gaps and misleadingness. We also want to showcase our work to improve the value of statistics across a vast range of public policy areas, including migration, education, health and regional public finances.
Speakers already confirmed include Baroness Onora O’Neill; Professor Deborah Ashby; Sir David Spiegelhalter and the new National Statistician, Sir Ian Diamond.
Please RSVP quickly to secure your place as space is limited.
If you have any questions or want to attend please contact


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

Want to find out more about the work of the GSS award winners?

The next GSS sharing seminar will be an opportunity to hear more about the work that won the recent GSS awards that were presented at the GSS conference. For further information and to sign up please visit Eventbrite.


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

Diversity & Inclusion working group

The Analysis Function are looking for volunteers to join a cross Analysis Function Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) working group.

The group will share best practice, coordinate attendance at Civil Service led D&I events, align Professions D&I activity where appropriate and create & implement D&I initiatives at a functional level where appropriate.

If you would be interested in volunteering, please let us know at

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