Campion award for excellence in official statistics

The above photo shows the 2018 winners from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs – Jamie Jenkins, Jenny Kemp and Luke Ridley with their award.

About the 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.

About Harry Campion

The late Sir Harry Campion was the first director of the Central Statistical Office, and 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 aim of the award is to recognise outstanding innovations or developments that improve the service to users. 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;
  • 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.

2019 winners

Winner: Health Analysis and Life Events Team, Office for National Statistics - Deaths of homeless people in England and Wales: 2013 to 2017
1st Runner-up: Health Analysis Team, Office for National Statistics - Estimates of suicides among higher education students in England and Wales
2nd Runner-up: Scottish Household Survey Team, Scottish Government - Scottish Household Survey made great use of data comics.

Civil Service World was the media partner for the 2019 award.

Read more about the 2019 winners.

Read about the 2018 winners.