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The work of Quality Centre

Quality Centre is a centre of methodological expertise on statistical quality and respondent burden. The team manages, monitors and leads the development of initiatives at ONS designed to assure, improve and report on the quality of our statistical products. The activities of Quality Centre support the requirements of the Code of Practice for Official Statistics, particularly in relation to Principle 4: “Sound methods and assured quality”.

Survey Control Unit, which sits within Quality Centre, is responsible for measuring and monitoring respondent burden across the Government Statistical Service (GSS), which aligns with Principle 6 of the Code of Practice for Official Statistics: “Proportionate burden”.

Quality Centre also plays a role in promoting best practice across the GSS. Quality Centre collaborates internationally, working with other National Statistical Institutes to improve statistical quality and to share best practice through the European Working Group on Quality in Statistics. Quality Centre led work to develop quality indicators relevant for statistical products that use administrative data as part of the European Statistical System network (ESSnet) project on the use of administrative and accounts data for business statistics.

The information and links below describe the main areas of work for Quality Centre. These are concentrated on quality management, quality assurance, quality improvement, quality reporting and the measurement of respondent burden. For further information, please contact Quality Centre.

Quality management

Quality Centre monitors progress against the ONS quality goals, which are set out in the Quality Management Strategy.

Quality assurance

The methods in place to assure the quality of ONS statistical outputs.

Quality improvement

Quality Centre is responsible for managing and monitoring quality reviews.

Quality reporting

The work of Quality Centre on quality reporting concentrates on providing users with information on the quality of statistical products, so that users can make a decision about whether the data are suitable for their purposes.

Measurement of respondent burden

  • Survey Control Unit

    The work of Survey Control Unit in monitoring and reducing burden on respondents.

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