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GSGB – Removing the ‘official statistics in development’ label: Approach

The label ‘official statistics in development’ is used to alert users to statistics that may be affected by a development, for example in our case the design of a new survey and new methodology to administer the survey. However the label should only be a temporary measure and it was always our intention to remove the label following the developmental stage of the project, providing it was deemed appropriate.

Guidance published by the Office for Statistics Regulation (OSR) (opens in new tab) states that the decision to remove the label should be based on one of three outcomes:

  1. The statistics are of sufficient quality and value to be used in a meaningful way and so be published as official statistics.
  2. The statistics are of insufficient quality or do not meet the required need and so production will be stopped.
  3. There is insufficient evidence to reach a conclusion, or further refinement is required – producers would continue the development and be clear about extent of further testing.

We believe that the GSGB is collecting statistics which meet outcome 1.

In addition, advice from the Government Statistical Service (opens in new tab) outlines factors that should be considered when removing an ‘official statistics in development’ label:

  • whether user feedback indicates that statistics are trustworthy, of high quality, and valuable
  • whether the methods employed have proved sufficiently robust to suit the variety of circumstances material to the use of the statistics
  • whether coverage has reached a sufficient level
  • whether the defined development phase has ended
  • whether it is judged that the statistics fully comply with the standards of the Code of Practice.

We have set out our evidence of meeting these factors in the Evidence of meeting these factors section.

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