SUF Priority Areas

Specifically for 2015 in the first instance, in order to focus on things where SUF can make a tangible difference given the resources it can call on:

  • Poverty and inequality statistics: to build on the workshop held in 2014 and nurture a more coherent user community and user requirement, including by holding a conference. Also to make the case for harmonised or otherwise comparable statistics across the UK;

  • Johnson Review of price indices: to examine the findings against the wants and needs of the range of users of consumer price indices, and respond accordingly;

  • Administrative data: to continue to make the case for greater use of administrative data, while preserving confidentiality of data subjects, by academic, public sector and private sector users. This includes facilitating the production of UK-wide, harmonised statistics and to meet users’ needs for small area statistics. In particular, to encourage users to state their requirements looking forward to the Censuses in 2021, which are expected to draw on administrative data;

  • Measuring National Well-being: to explore how measures of well-being and progress that go beyond GDP can be used by the public, NGOs, businesses and the media, as well as in government policy;

  • Access to statistics, publications and data: to continue to encourage all departments to prioritise broadening and simplifying access, for instance by forming ‘statistical access teams’, while concentrating on establishing user reference panels. These panels should be on topics where there is the greatest scope to improve the content and transparency of statistical publications and websites (and should cover both accessibility to statistical products and access to microdata). This should also embrace the maintenance of long-run time series and previous versions of series, including archived publications, and the issue of harmonisation across the UK;

  • StatsUserNet: to respond to postings by producers and to encourage producers to interact more with users in this way.

View the full SUF Work Programme (DOC)