The winner and runner-up of the RSS Statistical Excellence in Official Statistics award have just been announced as follows:
Winner: Road Safety Statistics – Department for Transport
Runner-up: The English Indices of Deprivation 2015 (ID2015) - Oxford Consultants for Social Inclusion (OCSI) & Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG)
The award given in partnership with the UK Statistics Authority, rewards good practice in official statistics, focusing on meeting the needs of the wider user community and the innovative production and use of statistics for the public good.
The judging panel of six included National Statistician John Pullinger, the RSS president, Professor Peter Diggle, and UKSA director general for regulation, Ed Humpherson.
Chair of the organising panel, Jill Leyland said: 'Over the seven years that these awards have run, the standards of entries have got higher and higher. The six entries shortlisted this year were of exceptional quality. The winning entry on Road Safety Statistics combined excellent and engaging communication with a clear appreciation of user needs and innovative methodology giving some important insights, for example into weather effects.
'The runner up, the English Indices of Deprivation, is always an impressive piece of work. The 2015 version featured exemplary user engagement, with strong quality assurance overcoming many challenges with the use of administrative data.'
The four other short-listed entries were:
- 'Visual ONS' website, from the Office for National Statistics making statistics accessible to a wider audience
- 'UN Trade in Goods Visualisation Tool' from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, giving users an exceptionally easy way to access detailed international trade data
- 'Data Analytics' from HMRC for the policy insights derived from the complex matching of large HMRC and Home Office datasets
- 'Tax summaries' from HMRC, enabling tax payers to see how their money is spent.
A list of all statistical excellence award winners, along with full citations from the judges, is available to download (PDF). The awards will be made at our annual Awards Ceremony in London which takes place on 6 July, followed by our annual summer reception.
You can register to attend the ceremony on our events page