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Building the future of economic data – progress report from Frankie Kay

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Building the future of economic data – progress report from Frankie Kay

 The new Data Science Campus development (pic) taking shape at Newport symbolises the fundamental change in progress across ONS. Here Frankie Kay gives a progress report on the modernisation of the economic statistics Newport produces. “In 2016 we set out to transform the UK’s economic data. We’ve passed quite a few milestones already and there […]

Including owner occupier housing costs in measures of inflation

  Jonathan Athow writes about including owner occupier housing costs in consumer price inflation and explains why ONS has decided to use the rental equivalence method to estimate them. One of the key economic statistics that the ONS produces is inflation, the change in prices of goods and services. A particularly challenging issue in inflation […]

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Understanding ONS statistics on patient deaths.

Jamie Jenkins looks at the ONS data behind news stories on deaths from starvation and thirst.     “You may have seen dramatic headlines in  in the last few days suggesting that large numbers of patients in hospitals and care homes are dying from malnutrition or dehydration. But do these headlines give an accurate picture of the […]

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Happy New Year? Glenn Everett on the National Well-being Programme

  “The happiness gap: how happy days are here again – but not for all”, “Women no longer the happier sex” or “Money really does buy you happiness, study reveals”  – these are just three of the  typical headlines that have accompanied releases of personal well-being data over the last five years. But why are we […]

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Good Stats for Good Evidence – Emma Rourke on how ONS influences key decisions.

ONS’ public policy analysis divisions collectively produce hundreds of statistics each year.  But how are they used?  Are we supplying what the public and policy decision makers need?  Sound policy decisions matter for everyone and our statistics must provide a firm evidence base that strengthens conversations, facilitates transparency, and informs associated decisions which affect daily […]

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Empty desks – why evidence of absence does not mean absence of evidence!

One of the favourite ONS-related memes our social media team come across is the ‘Empty IPS desk’.  Someone tweets a picture of an unattended desk at an airport with the ONS logo on it, along with a wry observation along the lines of how busy civil servants are at the moment… Usually, of course, the […]

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