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Awards for Statistical Excellence in Official Statistics

Government Statisticians hold the key to unlocking information which enables all users to process that information and make informed choices: from politicians making policy, to businesses deciding when and where to open their next branch to ordinary citizens deciding to which school to send their children.

The RSS Statistical Excellence in Official Statistics awards will reward and promote good practice in the field of official statistics, specifically 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 which have improved statistical information for users.

Nominations for the 2014 award for statistical excellence in Official Statistics made by the Royal Statistical Society, supported the UK Statistics Authority, will open on 17th February 2014.

Entry form

Award details

The award recognises work in the previous year. For the year 2014, eligible examples should be dated between 1 January 2013 and 31 December 2013.

Entries should be marked as “Statistical Excellence in Official Statistics Awards 2014”

Post:  Royal Statistical Society, 12 Errol Street, London EC1Y 8LX
Email: offstatsaward@rss.org.uk
Fax:    020 7614 3905

Enquiries: offstatsaward@rss.org.uk

Judging criteria

The aim of the award is to recognise outstanding innovations or developments that improve the service to users.
There will be a special award this year for the most improved statistical release.
Nominations for the main award will demonstrate one or more of the following criteria:

  • Excellent or innovative communication  of results in a way or ways that are clear, helpful and accessible to a wide array of users;

  • an excellent demonstration of gathering information on the requirements of a range of users, and using this information to shape outputs;

  • innovative statistical development including but not restricted to the use of existing administrative data (either public or private) to respond to unmet needs, or to replace more expensive data collection processes.

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.
The award for the most improved statistical release will not only show a clear improvement in the release concerned but the improved release should be of the highest standard – informative, clearly presented and adding value to the published statistics.

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