Statistics and data should be equally available to all, not given to some people before others. They should be published at a sufficient level of detail and remain publicly available.
What you should commit to
V2.1 Statistics producers must provide free and equal access to regular and ad hoc official statistics.
V2.2 Statistics, data and related guidance should be easily accessible to users. The needs of different types of users and potential users should be considered when determining ways of presenting and releasing the statistics and data.
V2.3 The needs of people with disabilities must be considered. Statistics and data should be released using accessible communication formats and means which should work with the most commonly-used assistive technologies.
V2.4 Statistics, data and metadata, including those available through data services, should be released at the greatest level of detail that is practicable to meet user needs. They should be consistent with common data standards and protocols wherever possible.
V2.5 Open and transparent information on supplementary statistical services should be made available. Where organisations decide to charge for supplementary analyses, they should make the pricing policy publicly available.
V2.6 Statistics, data and metadata should continue to be publicly available, including when organisational websites are changed, and be archived as required in line with relevant legislation.
Guidance and resources
|A webpage that brings together guidance and resources on communicating statistics.||Communicating statistics webpage||GSS|
|This guidance sets out some principles to think about when presenting statistical data.||Designing effective tables, graphs and maps||GSS|
|This guidance provides advice on how to present statistics in spreadsheets and how to publish them online. This guidance is currently under review.||Presenting and publishing statistics in spreadsheets||GSS|
|This guidance provides advice on how government departments should treat management information to get maximum value from it while protecting public trust in official statistics. The sections of this guidance relating to pre-release access are mandatory.||Publishing management information||GSS|
|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 DWP||GSS|
|A list of pre-release access orders. These orders set out the principles and rules that govern pre-release access to official statistics in their final form before publication.||Pre-Release Access Orders, including devolved administrations||UKSA|
|New regulations mean public sector organisations have a legal duty to make sure websites and apps meet accessibility requirements. The accessibility regulations aim to help make sure online public services are accessible to all users, including those with disabilities.||Accessibility regulations||UK Government|
|Published and upcoming official statistics from across UK government, including statistical releases and data tables.||gov.uk statistics release calendar||UK Government|
|Government Digital Service (GDS) guidance on using social media in the public sector. It aims to share GDS best practice.||GDS Social Media Playbook||GDS|
|A Government Digital Service (GDS) blog about understanding accessibility.||GDS blog: What we mean when we talk about accessibility||GDS|
|A GDS blog with tips for designing outputs for a variety of users such as screen readers and those with dyslexia, low vision and physical or motor disabilities.||GDS blog: Do’s and don’ts designing for accessibility||GDS|
|A GDS blog with tips on how to think about colour use in your webpages.||GDS blog: Colour contrast and why does it matter||GDS|
|A GDS blog discussing the need to consider the access needs of other people before you can confidently say that your service is accessible.||GDS blog: Consider the range of people that will use your product or service||GDS|
|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|
|The UN's Common Metadata Framework concentrates on practical and theoretical aspects of statistical metadata systems.||UN Common Metadata Framework||UN|