The “Guidelines for measuring statistical output quality” (Version 4.1) provide a checklist of quality measures and indicators for use when measuring and reporting on the quality of statistical outputs. They are not a requirement but represent good practice for measuring quality throughout the statistical production process.
The purpose of this document is to promote a standardised approach to measuring and reporting on quality across the Government Statistical Service (GSS). Many of the measures and indicators in the guidelines will be familiar to government statisticians – for example, standard errors and response rates. Others will be less familiar as they are less commonly used. Although the guidelines are primarily aimed at producers of Official Statistics, they can be used by anyone wanting to report on the quality of statistical outputs.
This version of the guidelines replaces Version 3.1 (2007). The quality measures and indicators have been updated to serve a wider range of statistical data, rather than concentrating predominantly on survey data. Thus, the guidelines address the growing use of administrative data in producing statistical outputs.