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Laura Dewis: Better Statistics, Better Decisions

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June 15, 2017

Laura Dewis: Better Statistics, Better Decisions

This deck by Laura Dewis supported her talk on better statistics for better decisions at http://power-of-data-2017.swirrl.com/. She highlights the need for statistics to be accessible and interoperable and discusses changes that the Office for National Statistics are making with publishing data.

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  1. Better statistics,
    better decisions
    Laura Dewis
    Office for National Statistics
    @lauradee

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  2. https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2017/jan/19/crisis-of-statistics-big-data-democracy
    How statistics lost their power – and why we should
    fear what comes next - The Guardian - William Bain
    The  ability  of  statistics  to  accurately  represent  the  
    world  is  declining.

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  3. Due accuracy
    Land transport accidents leading cause of death for 5-
    19 year olds
    The leading cause of death for both males and females
    aged 5-19 was land transport accidents, accounting
    for 13% of deaths at this age group. This was more
    common among males than females.

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  4. 7 Principles
    1. Uncertainty
    2. Trends
    3. Accessible explanation
    4. International comparisons
    5. Context
    6. Attribution
    7. Causation

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  5. http://visual.ons.gov.uk/the-value-of-your-unpaid-work/
    Place your screenshot here

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  6. https://fullfact.org/blog/2016/aug/automated-factchecking/

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  7. Standards
    Bristol City, City of Bristol and Bristol, City Of.

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  8. Adoption
    Use official lists consistently
    Apply established metadata standards
    Follow dataset structure definitions eg
    schema.org
    Work towards CSV on the Web standards
    Make use of RDF to describe relationships
    Agree and implement API and URI standards

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  9. Sorry Technology, but it’s
    not all about you.

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  10. Credit @SamHallWales

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  11. Starting point
    1.Develop an editorial policy and guidelines
    2.Make time to focus on the fundamentals of
    data quality and recognise people for it
    3.Build a solid community of good practice in the
    analytical community
    4.Capture user needs more regularly and
    systematically

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  12. https://www.statisticsauthority.gov.uk/monitoring-and-assessment/code-of-practice/code-of-
    practice-stock-take-latest-news/
    Ask
    Engage with the consultation to review the Code of
    Practice for Statistics
    5 July – 5 October 2017

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  13. Thanks
    [email protected]
    https://digitalblog.ons.gov.uk/

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