Policy

Statistics aren't just numbers. Statistics have the potential to improve people's lives. The numbers we produce from real-life data help to shape the important debates in today's society and economy. They provide the key evidence on which government policies and a multitude of everyday decisions are based. 

Our work on Covid-19

Read about the work we've done in the past year to highlight ways in which statistics, data and evidence could be better used and communicated to improve the government’s response to the pandemic.

Covid-19 FAQs

Our Covid-19 frequently asked questions seek to clarify the key statistical concepts that have entered the public debate during the pandemic.

Working Group on Diagnostic Tests

A short-term Working Group to provide for statistical evidence on in vitro diagnostic tests that are used for analysis or control of infectious diseases. 

Our Data Manifesto

The Manifesto gives ten recommendations on how the UK government can improve data for policymaking, democracy and for the prosperity of society as a whole

Upcoming policy consultations

The latest open policy consultations that may be of interest to members.

Policy submissions and reports

Our recent policy reports, consultation responses and other RSS contributions on education, official statistics and data in the public interest.

RSS policy groups

The RSS has several expert groups that focus on the Society’s policy work in the specific areas of education, national statistics and academic affairs.