The UN’s Sustainable Development Goals offer a blueprint to global prosperity. ONS is leading an effort to provide our international partner countries with an open-source reporting platform for them. Christopher Norris, who recently worked with the Ghana Statistical Service, reports on how the African nation is working to get this vital data online.Read more on Supporting global goals in Ghana
Improved access to datasets including those held by other government bodies will allow ONS to advance its mission of providing the UK with better statistics for better decisions. But with new data sharing powers comes a heightened responsibility to protect personal information. As revised policies on the use, management and security of data are published Heather Savory explains how ONS is putting the public interest first.Read more on Looking after and using data for public benefit
Social surveys remain vital to the work of ONS – but maintaining response rates is a serious issue for statistical agencies worldwide. To preserve their value and relevance surveys must evolve : how they look, how they work and how they are completed. Here Laura Wilson reveals how ONS is taking on the challenge.Read more on Designing the future of ONS surveys
Ten lords a leaping, three wise men, two turtle doves. Christmas really is all about stats.
This week Pete Benton, Director of Data Collection at ONS, treated BBC Radio 2’s Steve Wright and his afternoon audience to a festive feast of seasonal statistics.Read more on The Twelve Stats of Christmas
ONS has radical plans to fundamentally update and enhance the way it calculates many of the UK’s key economic statistics. More detailed information about the dominant services sector and more data on smaller firms add up to the biggest overhaul of GDP in a generation, as Rob Kent-Smith reveals.Read more on Transforming GDP: Economic statistics for a digital age