Data for democracy policy

Our policy statements and reports, correspondence, and consultation responses relating to data democracy are informed by our National Statistics Advisory Group and wider consultation, coordinated by the Policy and Research Manager. These cover topics including:

  • Data sharing between public bodies and with third parties
  • Government preparedness for new data developments
  • Government responses to scientific and statistical advice
  • Development of open data

RESPONSE: to European Medicine Agency draft guideline on strategies to identify and mitigate risks in first-in-human and early clinical trials (PDF), also submitted in the EMA’s form (PDF)
Sent: 28 February 2017

RESPONSE: to the Royal Society and British Academy’s call for evidence on Data Governance (PDF)
Sent: 4 November 2016

EVIDENCE: on research and statistics in the Digital Economy Bill, submitted to the House of Commons Public Bill Committee (PDF)
Sent: 30 September 2016

LETTER: from RSS President Peter Diggle to Prokopios Pavlopoulos (PDF)
Sent: 20 September 2016

RESPONSE: to BIS consultation on moving Land Registry operations to the private sector (PDF)
Sent: 24 May 2016

RESPONSE: to BIS consultation on the UK National Innovation Plan (PDF)
Sent: 23 May 2016

RESPONSE: to the Cabinet Office consultation on Better Use of Data (PDF)
Sent: 22 April 2016

This followed a STATEMENT that we made in response to the Cabinet Office consultation on Better Use of Data (PDF) that was issued 1 April 2016

RESPONSE to the Science and Technology Committee's inquiry on Science Communication.
Sent: May 2016

RESPONSE: to the Science and Technology Committee's consultation on the government's Forensic Science Strategy (PDF)
Sent: April 2016

RESPONSE: to the Department of Health’s consultation on proposed new alcohol guidelines (PDF)
Sent: March 2016

REPORT: from the Opportunities and Ethics of Big Data (PDF) workshop held 26-27 November 2015
Published: February 2016

LETTER: to the Chief Medical Officer from the RSS (PDF)
Sent: 25 January 2016

LETTER: to the RSS from the Chief Medical Officer, Professor Dame Sally Davies (PDF)
Sent: 21 January 2016

LETTER: to the Secretary of State for Health regarding alcohol guidelines (PDF)
Sent: January 2016

RESPONSE: to the BBC Trust Impartiality Review: BBC’s reporting of statistics (PDF)
Sent: December 2015

LETTER: to Independent Commission on Freedom of Information regarding its review of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (PDF)
Sent: 20 November 2015

RESPONSE: to Research Councils UK on the Draft Concordat on Open Research Data (PDF)
Published: 30 September 2015

RESPONSE: to the Science & Technology Select Committee’s ‘Big Data Dilemma’ Inquiry
Published: 15 September 2015

RESPONSE: to the UK Open Government Manifesto
Sent: 26 February 2015

ARTICLE: Our democracy relies on the quality of data in the public domain (at Democratic Audit) (at LSE Impact Blog)
Published: 20 January 2015

STATEMENT: The RSS signed up to a statement made by the Wellcome Trust regarding proposed amendments to new European Data Protection Regulation.
Issued: December 2014.

CONSULTATION RESPONSE: to the World Health Organization on public disclosure of clinical trial results (PDF)
Sent: 14 November 2014

CONSULTATION RESPONSE: to Department of Health consultation on Protecting Health and Care Information in England (PDF)
Sent: 8 August 2014

REPORT: The data trust deficit: Research by the Royal Statistical Society & Ipsos MORI on trust in data and attitudes toward data use and data sharing in the UK
Published: 22 July 2014

LETTER: to the British Medical Association on personal health data (PDF)
Sent: 9 June 2014

Response from the BMA (PDF)
Received: 17 June 2014

STATEMENT: Position on personal health data in England (PDF)
Sent: 29 April 2014

CONSULTATION RESPONSE: to the Public Administration Committee inquiry on Civil Service Skills (PDF)
Sent: 7 March 2014

CONSULTATION RESPONSE: to Law Commission Consultation Paper: Data sharing between public bodies (PDF)
Sent: 13 December 2013

LETTER: to Karolos Papoulias, president of the Hellenic Republic regarding Legal proceedings against Greek chief statistician, Andreas Georgiou (PDF)
Sent: 19 February 2013

LETTER: to Giorgio Napolitano, president of the Republic of Italy, regarding the conviction of scientists in relation to earthquake in L'Aquila, Italy (PDF)
Sent: 25 October 2012

RESPONSE: Submission to the Science and Technology select committee: Risk perception and energy infrastructure (PDF)
Sent: 14 December 2011

RESPONSE: Submission to the Royal Society with regard to Science as an Open Enterprise - data capture for public good (PDF)
Sent: November 2011
The Royal Society’s final report from June 2012 is available here.

LETTER: to Frank La Rue, UN special rapporteur regarding statisticians in Argentina (PDF)
Sent: 25 October 2011