Shining a light: new ways to measure global development

The international community has come together to develop the Sustainable Development Goals – a  set of worldwide targets for assessing  human progress and eliminating poverty.  This month some of the world’s leading development experts visited ONS to see how we’re contributing to this and other vital international work.  Matt Steel was there to greet them.  

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Time for a change?

This weekend the clocks go forward in the UK as we sacrifice an hour of sleep in the morning for an extra hour of sunlight in the evening. ONS has been exploring the link between how we spend our time and our personal well-being. As Chris Payne happily explains, it’s a case of less work and more play.    

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Getting the balance right – how ONS creates a single estimate of GDP

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.     

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