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Key documentation on economic revisions policies

Latest developments

Quality Information for Economic Statistics
ONS is committed to providing users with ways to assess the fitness for purpose of official statistics. A programme of work is in progress to produce Quality Reports for important ONS outputs.

Monitoring the Quality of the National Accounts (338.1 Kb Pdf)
The quality of quarterly estimates are being closely monitored during the transition to modernised systems. An article was published in March 2008 describing this work.

International comparisons

OECD Quarterly National Accounts Revisions Database
This database allows users assess the reliability of National Accounts first estimates across 18 OECD countries. The database will be updated in August/September of every year.
An OECD paper accompanying this database was updated in October 2007.

Revisions In Quarterly GDP Of OECD Countries: An Update
ONS jointly hosted an international workshop on revisions analysis, held at the OECD in October 2004.

The UK Experience of Revisions Analysis (413.3 Kb Pdf)

Other links

The Bank of England Real-time database
The Bank of England has constructed a real-time database that contains successive sets of data for a range of macroeconomic time series. The database is updated every year following the publication of the ONS Blue Book.

First Releases

Send us your views

If you wish to send us your views on the subject of revision to economic statistics please email gdp@ons.gov.uk.

Please note: we cannot guarantee that any comments or views you send us will receive individual feedback or replies. However we do promise to look at and consider all views we receive.

More information on ONS's revisions policy

Statistics Commission Review of Revisions

A final update on progress that has been made towards the recommendations made in the Statistics Commission Review of Revisions can be found in appendix A of Revisions to Quarterly GDP Growth and its Production (Output), Expenditure and Income components

Letter from Karen Dunnell to David Rhind, 21 September 2005 - Guidance for users on the reliability of main economic statistics (305.5 Kb Pdf)

Letter from Len Cook to David Rhind, 13 December 2004 - Revising Market Sensitive statistics (61 Kb Pdf)

Letter from Len Cook to David Rhind, 27 May 2004 - Statistics Commission Review of Revisions to Economic Statistics

Statistics Commission Review of Revisions to Economic Statistics

ONS response to Statistics Commission Review of Revisions to Economic Statistics (17.4 Kb Pdf)

News Release: Statistics Commission Review of Revisions (65.8 Kb Pdf)

Recent revisions to economic statistics - ONS submission to the review of revisions to Economic Statistics (484.1 Kb Pdf) , February 2004

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