Methodology Directorate is part of the ONS with responsibility for various aspects of the methodology of statistics and surveys, for quality, for geography and for legal services and information assurance. The methodological functions cover a wide range of techniques, which are grouped according to their position in the development and operation of surveys and statistical outputs into several Centres of Expertise.
Methodology Directorate primarily supports the ONS, but is also the central methodological resource for the GSS, which it supports through a number of channels:
Statistical Training Unit which provides training is statistics and survey methodology at a range of levels and operates induction training in statistics for members of the GSS
Methodology Advisory Service which undertakes work primarily for GSS departments on a repayment basis
The GSS Methodology Advisory Committee (MAC) which consists of academics and other experts in a range of survey methodology, and which provides input to GSS (including ONS) statistical and survey developments
The GSS Statistical Policy and Standards Committee
Methodology Directorate also produces regular publications:
The GSS Methodology Series, a series of monograph publications on methodological topics
The Survey Methodology Bulletin which publishes articles on developments in survey methodology
A working paper series
A Newsletter, 3MOONS, about the latest happenings in Methodology Directorate
Methodology Directorates Strategic Directions for 2010-13 are accessible from the links section.
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Geography is key to virtually all National Statistics. It provides the structure for collecting, processing, storing and aggregating the data.
Covers the general principles and processes leading up to the production of our statistics
The Government Statistical Service (GSS) methodology series of publications contain articles with a significant methodological interest written by statisticians from the organisations within the GSS.
The annual Government Statistical Service (GSS) Methodology Symposium series brings together people working on methodological developments and applications from around the GSS
OMS's Methodology Directorate's quarterly newsletter, published between 2005 and 2010, providing an overview of methodology