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.

Let's make sure PACAC hears from users!

  • 1.  Let's make sure PACAC hears from users!

    Posted 12-01-2019 13:04
    Dear SUF and user group members and community,

    This is to alert you to a Parliamentary inquiry now under way and to seek your help, please, in preparing an input from SUF.

    The inquiry: On 19th December 2018, the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee (PACAC) launched a new inquiry, examining the role and performance of the UK Statistics Authority (UKSA). The background to, and terms of reference for, the inquiry are here.

    The announcement recognises that official statistics serve the public good. The terms of reference raise a number of questions about use and user engagement. You may well have issues and comments that you wish to feed in to the inquiry.

    An input from SUF: it seems to me that one input that SUF could usefully make would be to provide a handful of specific examples where UKSA has done things that work well for users, or where UKSA might have done things differently – and what we can learn in either case.

    Can I therefore call for short contributions, please – say no more than half a page on each.

    Deadline: Contributions to me by Friday 1st February would be great, thanks. (This is also the deadline given by PACAC for them to receive submissions, but I gather that submissions would also be accepted for a short while after that, especially if we flag that something is on its way).

    I realise that this is yet another call-out to you, but I trust that you agree that this is a rare opportunity for the voice of users to be heard by PACAC, which we should seize!

    Thank you.


    Paul Allin
    Chair, Statistics User Forum
    Visiting Professor
    Department of Mathematics
    Imperial College London