The Office for National Statistics is currently taking a fresh look at options for the production of population and small area socio-demographic statistics for England and Wales. The Beyond 2011 Programme has been established to carry out research on the options and to recommend the best way forward to meet future user needs.
Beyond 2011 is considering a range of options including census, survey and administrative data solutions. Since ‘census-type’ solutions are already relatively well understood most of the research is focussing on how surveys can be supplemented by better re-use of ‘administrative’ data already collected from the public.
The final recommendation, which will be made in 2014, will balance user needs, cost, benefit, statistical quality, and the public acceptability of all of the options. The results will have implications for all population-based statistics in England and Wales and, potentially, for the statistical system as a whole.
These pages provide a summary of the work of the Beyond 2011 Programme and details of how to contribute to it. The pages will be kept up to date to provide details of progress and plans as they develop.