After 70 years of production Gross Domestic Product (GDP) remains the single most closely watched economic indicator. The success of government economic policy is judged against it and it’s the yardstick for the scale of public spending and debt. As Rob Kent-Smith explains, calculating GDP requires the informed balancing of sometimes contradictory data sources.
Across government, the analytical professions have come together to work as a function and build capability in analysis to support decision making. Collectively the expertise of 15,000 scientists, engineers and analysts can have a greater impact than the sum of their parts, as Gareth Clancy explains.Read more
The updating of the legendary ‘basket of goods’ used by ONS to calculate inflation is a popular annual ritual. The products and services newly included – and those consigned to the statistical dustbin – tell the story of our changing consumption habits. But how accurate can the inflation figures be if you never buy any of these items? Phil Gooding explains.Read more
Three years ago we launched Visual.ONS, a Beta website designed to experiment with new forms of digital storytelling. Darren Waters explains why ONS has embraced visual journalism, why the Visual beta is ending and what happens next.Read more
As ONS continues to develop its recommendations for questions in the 2021 Census, work has also started on how to best present the answers. As a national consultation exercise gets under way, Suzanne Dunsmith explains why everyone with an interest in 2021 data needs to take part.Read more
In February 2017 ONS funded the establishment of a new independent research centre, the Economic Statistics Centre of Excellence (ESCoE). Its objective is to bring economic research closer to the production of economic statistics and identify new ways to address the fast-paced changes observed in the UK economy. Richard Heys explains.Read more