Excellence in Official Statistics Awards: winner announced

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We are very pleased to announce the results of the RSS Statistical Excellence Award in Official Statistics 2017 as follows:

Winner: The Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation 2016 (SIMD16), Scottish Government
Alastair McAlpine, Maike Waldmann, Paul Tyrer

The judging panel thought the piece of work was a ’great example of how to communicate clear findings to decision makers ‘and demonstrated excellent user engagement with case studies which gave a ’human edge‘ to the statistics.

The award, given in partnership with the UK Statistics Authority, rewards good practice from those working in UK government statistics who focus on meeting the needs of the wider user community and innovative production and use of statistics for the public good.   

The judging panel of six included National Statistician John Pullinger, RSS president Professor Sir David Spiegelhalter and UKSA director general for regulation, Ed Humpherson. The judging panel this year were particularly looking for entries that showed an innovative use of data in support of public policy.

John Pullinger said: ‘There were high calibre entrants this year, making the task of deciding a winner a difficult one. Congratulations to the winners, Scottish Government, for their work on Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation. Their fascinating publication responded to user needs, engaged a broad range of users from the media to policy developers, and improved trust in data - something we consistently strive for.’

The four other short-listed entries were:

  • ‘Health and Safety Statistics for Great Britain 2015/16‘, from the Health and Safety Executive for making robust statistics accessible for a wide range of decision makers.
  • ‘Work, Health and Disability Green Paper Data Pack ‘, from the Department for Work and Pensions for presenting statistics and analysis in a way that creates new insights for decision makers.
  • ‘Releasing statistics in multiple formats to meet the range of users’ needs from the Department for Work and Pensions for bringing together the Department’s statistical outputs to improve public accessibility and user engagement.
  • ‘Live Performance Dashboard ‘, from the Department for Communities and Local Government for developing an innovative product that provides an easy to use system to access the latest statistics.

Chair of the awards organising committee, Dev Virdee, said: ‘It has been a pleasure to see so many examples of excellent work being carried out across the GSS, which gave us quite a challenge to produce the short list of five for the judging panel. All entrants are to be congratulated for their entries and for the pride which they clearly have in their work.’

The awards will be made at our annual Awards Ceremony in London which takes place on 12 July just before our annual summer reception. You can register to attend the ceremony here.


Photo shows John Pullinger presenting an award at the 2016 ceremony.


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