Statistics User Forum

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The Statistics User Forum (SUF), supported by the Office for National Statistics, aims to be the strategic voice of users of official statistics. The Forum acts as an umbrella organisation for user groups, each of which covers a particular area across the spectrum of official statistics. Through the Forum we enable open and constructive dialogue between users and producers of official statistics and encourage communication across the user community.

PACAC Governance of Statistics inquiry

  • 1.  PACAC Governance of Statistics inquiry

    Posted 12-03-2019 10:48
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    With thanks to all who contributed, SUF's written evidence has now been published, along with the transcript and video of an oral evidence session (5th March) in which I took part.

    All the material is here.

    The Committee were particularly interested in how the need for improvements in user engagement has continually been identified in UKSA's assessments. Mike Hughes and I prepared the supplementary note, below, which we have now sent to the Committee.

    PACAC is continuing to take evidence. We look forward to their report and recommendations.

    Paul

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    Paul Allin
    Chair, Statistics User Forum
    Visiting Professor
    Department of Mathematics
    Imperial College London
    p.allin@imperial.ac.uk
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  • 2.  RE: PACAC Governance of Statistics inquiry

    Posted 17-03-2019 16:05
    Can we have curators of official statistics as well as more audience development and engagement?

    Just a thought, prompted by a recent report in The Guardian that specialist curators at Leicester's museums are to be replaced by an "audience development and engagement team". One reaction mentioned is that this would "harm the city's reputation for scholarship and curatorlal practice".

    Always difficult to draw comparisons across different areas of activity, especially as in this case there are cost-cutting issues involved, as well as apparently a total shift from curators to engagement with users and potential users. But the news item did set me thinking further about SUF's aim of more user engagement. Is this also about the balance between the "curation" of official statistics, that is their production and presentation, and user engagement activities? Even better, the greater integration of user engagement with curation.

    On a more general point, I do feel we can learn about effective user engagement on official statistics by looking beyond the world of official statistics. Indeed, this is already done, for example a 2017 UNECE report on the value of official statistics notes that "the fundamental issue of generating value is no different from that faced by other industries, especially by other government agencies but also businesses. It is therefore important to consider what we can learn from practices in other industries." The report includes 7 case studies, from 5 companies and 2 sectors of industry.

    Interesting reading?

    Paul

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    Paul Allin
    Chair, Statistics User Forum
    Visiting Professor
    Department of Mathematics
    Imperial College London
    p.allin@imperial.ac.uk
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