V1: Relevance to users

Users of statistics and data should be at the centre of statistical production; their needs should be understood, their views sought and acted on, and their use of statistics supported.


What you should commit to

V1.1 Statistics producers should maintain and refresh their understanding of the use and potential use of the statistics and data. They should consider the ways in which the statistics might be used and the nature of the decisions that are or could be informed by them.

V1.2 Statistics producers should use appropriate ways to increase awareness of the statistics and data, communicate effectively with the widest possible audience, and support users and potential users in identifying relevant statistics to meet their needs.

V1.3 User satisfaction with the relevance and usefulness of the statistics and data should be reviewed routinely. This should consider the timeliness, accessibility, clarity and accuracy of the statistics and data.

V1.4 Statistics producers should engage publicly through a variety of means that are appropriate to the needs of different audiences and proportionate to the potential of the statistics to serve the public good. An open dialogue should be maintained using proactive formal and informal engagement to listen to the views of new and established contacts. Statistics producers should undertake public engagement collaboratively wherever possible, working in partnership with policy makers and other statistics producers to obtain the views of stakeholders.

V1.5 The views received from users, potential users and other stakeholders should be addressed, where practicable. Statistics producers should consider whether to produce new statistics to meet identified information gaps. Feedback should be provided to them about how their needs can and cannot be met, being transparent about reasons for the decisions made and any constraints.

V1.6 Statistics producers should periodically review whether to continue, discontinue, adapt or to provide the statistics through other means, in discussion with users and other stakeholders.


Guidance and resources

DescriptionLinkSource
A webpage that brings together information and guidance on user engagement, including how to identify users, and why and how to engage with users.User engagement webpageGSS
A webpage that brings together guidance and resources on communicating statistics.Communicating statistics webpageGSS
Guidance that provides practical advice on how to communicate quality, uncertainty and change for different types of statistics and for a range of audiences.Communicating quality, uncertainty and changeGSS
Guidance that aims to help producers of statistics improve their statistical commentary.Writing about statisticsGSS
A blog about the work by the Department for Work and Pension’s (DWP) Client Statistics Branch to develop a variety of formats for releasing their statistics, to cover a wide range of users' needs.GSS blog: transforming the release of statistics in DWPGSS
A blog about Ofqual's statistics transformation programme in early 2017 to refresh its releases. The objectives were to make their statistics more engaging, informative and targeted to different types of users.GSS blog: Ofqual statistics transformation programmeGSS
The government has published a revised set of government consultation principles. These principles give clear guidance to government departments on conducting consultations.Guidance on public consultationsCabinet Office
Government Digital Service (GDS) guidance on using social media in the public sector. It aims to share GDS best practice.GDS Social Media PlaybookGDS
A tool developed by the Medical Research Council, Chief Scientist Office and the University of Glasgow that guides readers through a series of questions to help them to review and interpret published health research papers.Understanding Health Research toolMedical Research Council
A guide by the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) that helps producers of statistics explain the sources and methods for producing statistics (metadata).Getting the Facts Right: A guide to presenting metadata (PDF, 19.78MB)UNECE