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Title: Trust in official statistics - the role of the UK Statistics Authority in Scotland Neil Jackson


1
Trust in official statistics- the role of the UK
Statistics Authority in ScotlandNeil Jackson
Scotstat Conference, 29 October 2009
2
Coverage of presentation
  • Evidence on trust in official statistics
  • The UK Statistics Authoritys monitoring and
    assessment functions
  • Assessment in Scotland the story so far
  • Engaging with users

3
Views about official statistics in GB

ONS Omnibus, 2007 ONS Omnibus, 2007 ONS Omnibus, 2007 ONS Omnibus, 2007 ONS Omnibus, 2007
  Figures are generally accurate Figures are produced without political interference Government uses figures honestly

Agree Agree 36 20 16
Neither agree nor disagree Neither agree nor disagree 31 23 26
Disagree Disagree 33 57 58

4
Views about official statistics in Scotland
Scottish Social Attitudes Survey 2007 Scottish Social Attitudes Survey 2007
On a scale of 0 to 10, how confident are you that official statistics published by the Scottish Executive are accurate? On a scale of 0 to 10, how confident are you that official statistics published by the Scottish Executive are accurate?

0 - 3 Low 15
4 - 6 Medium 45
7 - 10 High 30
DK/NA 9

Mean 5.43
5
EU Eurobarometer 2007Do you trust official
statistics?
6
UK Statistics Authority
7
The Authoritys statutory objective
  • to promote and safeguard the production and
    publication of official statistics that serve the
    public good
  • Statistics and Registration Service Act 2007

8
Monitoring
  • Monitoring reports
  • Migration statistics
  • Listening to the user voice
  • Barriers to trust in crime statistics
  • Review of pre-release access
  • Issues log
  • MA notes

9
MA note on knife crime statistics
10
Assessment aims
  • to determine whether the Code of Practice for
    Statistics has been complied with and to
    designate the statistics as National Statistics
    (or not to designate )
  • to help the producers of official statistics to
    enhance the quality of the statistical service
    over a period of time
  • to communicate to Parliament and the public the
    extent of compliance with the Code

11
National Statistics logo
12
Code of Practice for official statistics
  • Principle 1 Meeting user needs
  • Principle 2 Impartiality and objectivity
  • Principle 3 Integrity
  • Principle 4 Sound methods and assured quality
  • Principle 5 Confidentiality
  • Principle 6 Proportionate burden
  • Principle 7 Resources
  • Principle 8 Frankness and accessibility

13
Initial assessments of Scottish Government
statistics
  • Recorded Crime in Scotland
  • Scottish Health Survey
  • Scottish House Condition Survey
  • Scottish Crime and Justice Survey
  • Statistics on Children Looked After by Local
    Authorities in Scotland

14
Initial findings from assessment
  • Process welcomed by producers some have started
    their own self-assessment reviews
  • Good engagement with government users, but less
    so with external users
  • Good confidentiality protection
  • Presentation and accessibility some scope for
    improvement
  • More documentation needed on aspects of the Code

15
Typical requirements from initial assessment
reports
  • Publish a plan for engaging with users
  • Publish a statement on the needs of users and the
    uses of the statistics
  • Publish annually the cost of the burden on
    suppliers
  • Include a clear statement on data quality in the
    publication
  • Publish a statement of administrative sources

16
Next round of assessments
  • Labour market statistics
  • Schools statistics
  • 2001 census
  • Cancer cancer screening
  • NHS workforce statistics
  • Child protection statistics
  • Transport statistics
  • Lifelong learning statistics
  • Business statistics
  • Environment and rural statistics

17
Workshops on trust in statistics
  • Listening to the users voice
  • Do you trust official statistics?
  • What are your views on the devolved Scottish
    statistics that you use?
  • How can the Authority best engage with you?
  • What would be a good topic for an Authority
    monitoring report?

18
Website
  • UK Statistics Authority
  • http//www.statisticsauthority.gov.uk/
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