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Analysis Methods

Analysis methods cover the methods and tools used for longitudinal and other explanatory analysis.


The team leads scientifically sound and efficient analyses of the Office for National Statistics (ONS) and National Statistics data by:

  • developing relevant methods and tools to support explanatory and statistically complex analyses

  • providing a consultancy service to business areas

Current and planned areas of work

The main area of work is to develop methods and systems to support key areas of analysis across ONS. Specifically, this covers analysis methods for longitudinal data, modelling strategies, multivariate analysis, analyses combining data from more than one source, demographic and epidemiological analysis methods, analysis problems and associated quality measurement.

We are also working to establish an analysis service/consultancy tailored to users' needs with initial input from Southampton University, Institute of Education, and other centres of expertise as required. This will include inputs to training programmes, good practice guidance, and assessment of suitability of software.

Other areas of work include:

  • participating in high-priority projects in collaboration with data experts in order to exchange knowledge and skills

  • developing methodology for ONS Area Classification based on results of 2001 Census

  • editing and publishing the ONS Methodology Series monographs (approximately four a year)

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