Excellence in Official Statistics awards 2015: winners announced

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The winners of the RSS Statistical Excellence in Official Statistics Award Winners 2015 have just been announced as follows:

Main award

Winner: Welsh Index of Multiple Deprivation, Welsh Government

Runner up: Digital Day, Office for National Statistics

Best statistical release

Winner: Annual Bus Statistics release, Department for Transport

Runner up: Scottish Schools Adolescent Lifestyle and Substance Use Survey (SALSUS), NHS National Services Scotland

The awards represent the gold standard for official statistics, with winning entries expected to demonstrate outstanding innovations or developments that improve the service to users. Entries are also credited for work that goes beyond normal expectations, overcoming obstacles such as political sensitivity or severe timing constraints, and value for money.

The judging panel of six included National Statistician John Pullinger and RSS President Professor Peter Diggle.

The winners will be invited to collect their award from the Government Statistical Service (GSS) annual conference on 17 September.

Chair of the organising panel, Jill Leyland, said: ‘Every year brings entries that surprise and impress by the skill and innovation shown and this year was no exception with judges finding it hard to distinguish between entrants.  Innovative communication was a particular theme this year  with many entries making full use of interactive and other techniques. On behalf of the panel, I would like to offer my congratulations to the winning teams and the runners up and to. thank everybody who took the time to enter.'

Judges' comments on the winning entries

Main award

The Welsh Index of Multiple Deprivation is the official measure of relative deprivation for small areas in Wales, crucial to the Welsh Government, local authorities, the third sector and others involved in tackling poverty across Wales.

The WIMD 2014 team made major changes in presentation including a new bilingual interactive tool enabling users to access maps of the different domains of the Index, see how their area compared to others around them and across Wales and identify the issues affecting deprivation in their area, an infographic explaining the Index and the results and a guide to analysing deprivation in rural areas.

Best statistical release

The Annual Bus Statistics release has been completely overhauled with an impressive array of creative, and sometimes very innovative, graphics, accompanied by clear and readable text, really bringing the story of the bus market alive. User feedback again has been impressive. One judge commented: 'The user testimonials speak for themselves and that is the most essential criterion for any release. To have achieved such feedback is an inspiration to all those thinking about how best to communicate their findings.'

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