A seminar discussing the issues raised by Professor Lievesley’s review.
The Seminar – 19th September 2023 at Royal Statistical Society, Errol Street, London.
When the United Kingdom Statistics Authority (UKSA) was established in 2007 big data was not heard of, social media had barely started and Artificial Intelligence was light years away. Hence the question “what changes are needed to make the processes and governance of our National Statistics more relevant?”
The cabinet office have posed that question by commissioning Professor Denise Lievesley CBE to conduct a review of UKSA and this seminar provides an opportunity for interested parties to discuss what changes they feel are required. The terms of reference for the review are to establish whether UKSA is delivering necessary services efficiently and to consider whether the Authority has clear governance and lines of accountability. Presently the authority reports directly to the UK Parliament, the Scottish Parliament, the Welsh Parliament and the Northern Ireland Assembly and is sponsored by the Cabinet Office.
We have a distinguished list of speakers to stimulate discussion, so the seminar presents an opportunity to contribute to the future of our Statistics by sharing ideas with attendees, including Professor Lievesley.
Morning: Statistics for the Public Good
|9.45 am||Doors Open – Coffee and Networking|
|10.30 am||Welcome – Why Better Statistics?||Tony Dent, Director BSC|
|10.35 to 11.15 am
11.15 to 11.55 am
|Session 1: “Measurements for a changing world.”
Topic 1: Measuring Inflation
Introduction – Something Human
What’s wrong with the CPIH?
Where are we with Household Cost
Topic 2: Administrative Data – the opportunities and the challenges
Public Data for Resilience and Inclusion
– introducing ADR UK
Measuring Research & Development
– a case study
|Chair: Tony Dent
Morgan Wild, Citizens Advice
Shaun Richards, Consultant
Jill Leyland, Author
Emma Gordon, ESRC UKRI
Ehsan Masood, Editor Nature
The agenda continued
|12.05 pm||Session 2: “The Importance of Inclusion”
Equality Diversity and Inclusion in Market
The Importance of Official Population Statistics – a case study
(Title of third talk to be confirmed)
|Chair: Dr Emma White, Chair MRS Census & GeoDems Group.
Rebecca Cole, Chair MRS Representation in Research Group
Dr Jaan Nellis, Redsella Ltd & MRS Census & GeoDems Group
Professor Alex Singleton, (University of Liverpool)
Afternoon: Looking for Improvements
|2.00 to 2.40 pm
2.40 to 3.20 pm
|Session 3: “Positive Influencers”
Topic 3: User Engagement
Sex and the Office for National Statistics
– a case study
Gender identity in the census?
Consultation and User Engagement
Topic 4: Regulation and the Code of Practice
An introduction to the topic
Reliability: the third wheel of trustworthiness?
|Chair: Phyllis Macfarlane, Director Better Statistics
Alice Sullivan, Professor of Sociology, University College London
Michael Biggs, Associate Professor of Sociology, University of Oxford
Deana Leadbeter, Health Statistics User Group
Speaker to be confirmed
Tom King, Deputy Chair, Ethics Committee RSS.
Session 4: “Governance”
UKSA and Parliament (a review)
Thoughts from a review of German Official Statistics
The view from the chair
Chair: Tony Dent
Simon Briscoe, Britain in Numbers
Dr Walter Radermacher, Federation of European National Statistical Societies
Sir Robert Chote, Chairman, UKSA
Note: Although the seminar is a hybrid event, discussion will be limited to those attending in person. Book your place at https://www.betterstats.net/uksareviewregistration/
When UKSA was established in 2007 big data was not heard of. Social media had barely started and Artificial Intelligence was light years away.
So what changes should be made to bring our Statistics up to date?
This one day conference is intended to contribute to the review of the United Kingdom
Statistics Authority (UKSA) is presently in progress under the leadership of Professor Denise
For details of the terms of reference for the review please visit review.
You can also contribute to the review by sharing your views on this link.
UKSA is a non-ministerial department established by the Statistics and Registration Services
Act of 2007 and the terms of reference for the review are to establish how the organisation
is performing in delivering necessary services as efficiently as possible. The review will also
consider whether the Authority has clear governance and lines of accountability. Presently
the authority reports directly to the UK Parliament, the Scottish Parliament, the Welsh
Parliament and the Northern Ireland Assembly and is sponsored by the Cabinet Office. Full
details of the terms of reference are available at UKSA Review and we are seeking
contributions to our conference within the context of each of the four areas representing
the focus for the review: READ MORE
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