Campion award for excellence in official statistics

We are now accepting entries for the 2018 award

Government statisticians hold the key to information that enables us to make informed choices: from politicians making policy, to businesses deciding when and where to open their next branch, to parents deciding which school they'd like their children to attend. This award, given in partnership with the UK Statistics Authority, rewards good practice in official statistics - focusing on meeting the needs of the wider user community. We are looking for examples of excellent presentation of official statistics and examples of innovative statistical practices that have improved statistical information for users.

We are pleased to announce that Civil Service World is the media partner for the 2018 award.

About Harry Campion

The late Sir Harry Campion was the first director of the Central Statistical Office - the forerunner of the Office for National Statistics. He held the post from 1941 until he retired in 1967. Campion was also the inaugural director of the United Nations Statistical Office. Campion was the Royal Statistical Society’s President from 1957 to 1959 and kindly left the Society a generous legacy to support future statisticians.

The 2018 award was renamed in Campion's honour, given his great contribution to 20th century official statistics, both in the UK and internationally.

Criteria

The aim of the award is to recognise outstanding innovations or developments that improve the service to users. This year's award recognises work carried out or completed between 1 January 2017 and 31 December 2017. Nominations for the main award will need to demonstrate how they meet one or more of the following main criteria:

  • An excellent demonstration of gathering information to meet the needs of a range of users, and using this information to develop new statistics, shape outputs or influence policy;
  • Excellent or innovative communication of results in a way or ways that are clear, helpful and accessible to a wide array of users;
  • Innovative statistical development including but not restricted to the use of existing administrative data (either public or private) to respond to unmet needs, to replace more expensive processes, or to improve statistical accuracy;
  • Examples of innovative use of data in support of public policy;
  • Particular attention will be paid this year to citations from users that show how the relevant statistical output has helped to make a decision, inform a debate or bust a myth;
  • Credit will also be given for value for money or efficiency savings; for work that goes beyond normal expectations or results from outstanding individual effort; or for overcoming obstacles such as political sensitivity, barriers to collaboration or severe timing constraints.

Download the entry form.

The deadline for entries is midnight of 31 March 2018.

2017 winner

The Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation 2016 (SIMD16), Scottish Government
Alastair McAlpine, Maike Waldmann, Paul Tyrer.

Read more about the winning entry and shortlist on StatsLife.

A list of the winners for all four Statistical Excellence Awards, along with full citations from the judges, is available to download (PDF).