Posts by Ian Diamond

One year on: Where do statistics go next?

In the middle of 2020, the UK Statistics Authority embarked on its new five- year strategy, “Statistics for the Public Good”.  Launched at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, the statistical system has since gone above and beyond to ensure the country has the data it needs now and in years immediately ahead.  In this post Professor Sir Ian Diamond, National Statistician, reflects on how far the Office for National Statistics and the UK Statistics Authority has come and what’s coming next.

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UK Infections and Antibody Survey passes key milestone as 3 millionth swab test collected

Set up in days to meet an urgent need for better information on how Covid-19 was affecting the community population, the UK Covid-19 Infection Survey has become a indispensable source of  data on the pandemic. With more than three million swab tests conducted in over two hundred thousand households, the National Statistician thanks and pays tribute to everyone involved.     

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It’s World Statistics Day again and this time the numbers really count

World Statistics Day 2020 logo

In his second blog post for World Statistics Day, National Statistician, Professor Sir Ian Diamond, takes a look at how the UK’s statisticians have risen to the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic and considers how all official statistics need to reflect the experiences of the whole population.

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World Class Statistics and supporting stats around the World

Ghanaian Statistical offices (screenshot from the international development video)

As well as providing the numbers that matter the most in the UK, the ONS also plays an international role in helping to improve the global statistical system.  This includes partnering with developing countries to support evidence-based policies for economic growth and the effective targeting of aid.  On World Statistics Day, National Statistician Professor Sir Ian Diamond, looks at what’s been achieved so far.  

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