Statistics Authority issue statement outlining strategic priorities

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The UK Statistics Authority earlier this month (14 February 2013) published a statement of strategy in which it sets out its key aims, functions and strategic priorities for the next couple of years.
The statement (opens as pdf) lists five strategic priorities: quality, impact, efficiency, coverage and trustworthiness. Under these headings the Authority outlines how it intends to achieve progress in each area (presented in a table in the statement document).
The Authority details a number of reviews and consultations it intends to conduct in 2013. The governance of inflation statistics will be reviewed as part of a wider look at economic statistics and how they meet user needs. The document also confirms plans to lead a public debate on the long-term vision for official statistics in the UK, including a public consultation by the National Statistician to explore possible alternatives to the Census.
Other strategic priorities include increased data sharing and the use of administrative data in order to reduce costs and improve efficiency. Regarding the communication of statistics, more focus will be given to the explanation of statistics being produced, as well as enhancing the ONS website capability.
Finally, in addressing public trust in official statistics, the Authority indicates it will continue to argue against pre-release access to official statistics, as well as investigate any concerns about political involvement or misrepresentation of official statistics – something which Andrew Dilnot has continued to do since taking up his post as chair of the Authority. Finally, in order to gauge public trust in official statistics, an exercise measuring confidence in official statistics will be conducted, to report back publicly in 2014.

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