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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.

Gaps in government data

  • 1.  Gaps in government data

    Posted 21-09-2018 15:02
    Dear SUF colleague,

    The Institute for Government has recently published a paper recognising that "High-quality government data is important for both government effectiveness, and for holding it to account. The UK has made a lot of progress on government data in recent years. But problems remain". The paper "identifies five important gaps in the data that government gathers or publishes, and says how these gaps should be filled".

    In case you have not already seen it, the paper is here.

    Can I encourage you, please, to post your comments on this paper to continue this discussion thread. I'd also welcome views on whether we should invite Gavin Freeguard to a SUF meeting, to learn more about IfG's experience of working with government data and to see if there is scope for joining with IfG in making the case for these (and other) gaps to be filled. The first gap identified in the paper - a list of all the datasets that government departments are responsible for producing - would in particular seem to be part of the data infrastructure that SUF might want to support?

    Thanks,
    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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