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Laura Dewis: Better Statistics, Better Decisions

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.



June 15, 2017


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

  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.
  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.
  4. 7 Principles 1. Uncertainty 2. Trends 3. Accessible explanation 4.

    International comparisons 5. Context 6. Attribution 7. Causation
  5. http://visual.ons.gov.uk/the-value-of-your-unpaid-work/ Place your screenshot here

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

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

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

  10. Credit @SamHallWales

  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
  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
  13. Thanks laura.dewis@ons.gov.uk https://digitalblog.ons.gov.uk/