Statistical excellence in official statistics

We are now accepting entries for the 2017 Awards

About the awards

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 to send their children to. The 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.

Criteria

The aim of the award is to recognise outstanding innovations or developments that improve the service to users.

The award recognises work carried out or completed between 1 January 2016 and 31 December 2016.

Nominations for the main award will demonstrate one or more of the following main criteria:

  • An excellent demonstration of gathering information on the requirements 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. We would therefore welcome nominations from those involved in public policy development, implementation and monitoring, as well as other users of statistics and the wider public.

Subsidiary criteria: 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 here

The deadline for entries is midnight of the 31st of March 2017.

2016 winners

The winners for 2016 are as follows:

Winner
Road Safety Statistics – Department for Transport

Runner-up
The English Indices of Deprivation 2015 (ID2015) - Oxford Consultants for Social Inclusion (OCSI) & Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG)

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