Organisations that produce official statistics should commit to the standards of the Code of Practice. The Code applies to those directly working in official statistics. There are other roles in the government that work with data but are not statisticians such as Operational and Social Researchers, Economists and other specialist analysts. Often this work feeds into a statistical bulletin or is used for policy and decision-making.
For this audience, the Guide to the Voluntary Application of the Code (PDF) – a high level summary of the Code – was developed to help you ensure the Trustworthiness, Quality and Value of your numerical information.
The Guide to Voluntary Application does not supersede other professions’ standards but instead complements them.
There is also guidance on the universal principles of the Code. These are the heart of the Code that we encourage anyone using data to consider and apply.