1. Upcoming events

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Health Data Science Seminar Series

Date: Monday 24 January 2022

Investing in Collaboration - Architectural Concepts for Machine Learning in Healthcare - Peter A D Steel, Weill Cornell Medicine and Yiye Zhang, Weill Cornell Medicine

Hosted by the ONS' Data Science Campus and Health Analysis Team, this brand-new seminar series is an exciting opportunity to hear about recent developments in health data science, to generate ideas, and to help build the health data science community

The seminars provide a dedicated space for data scientists, policymakers, health professionals, academics, epidemiologists, statisticians and other members of the data science community to come together to explore the potential of data science to improve health and health policy.

At this seminar you will hear from Peter A D Steel (M.A., M.B.B.S.), who is the Assistant Professor of Clinical Emergency Medicine at Weill Cornell Medicine and Yiye Zhang (Ph.D., M.S.) who is Assistant Professor of Population Health Sciences and Emergency Medicine. Peter and Yiye will present on "Investing in Collaboration - Architectural Concepts for Machine Learning in Healthcare".

Abstract

Machine learning (ML) has the potential to transform healthcare, utilizing big data to improve individual patient care and optimize healthcare systems. We examine applications of machine learning in clinical medicine, and the associated challenges, to elucidate the necessary culture, expertise, processes and infrastructure to ensure ML's value in healthcare is realized.

Register here

ONS Economic Forum

Date: 14 February 2022

Webinar

  • State of the UK Economy - providing a stocktake of the latest trends and developments
  • The costs and benefits of homeworking - One of the enduring effects of the pandemic has been a rise in the popularity of homeworking. Understanding how working patterns have changed and the extent of both positive and negative impacts resulting from these changes is a priority across government departments and key to informing future policy decisions. We present some recent analysis looking at changes in spending as a result of homeworking and outline plans for future analysis.

Register here

ESCoE Conference on Economic Measurement 2022

The Economic Statistics Centre of Excellence (ESCoE) will hold its annual Conference, organised in partnership with the UK Office for National Statistics (ONS).

Venue: University of Strathclyde, Glasgow
Date: 25 to 27 May 2022

Keynote Speakers:

Sir Charles Bean (London School of Economics)
Chiara Crisco (OECD and London School of Economics)
Michael Pollitt (Judge Business School, University of Cambridge)

Please see the ESCoE website for further information https://www.escoe.ac.uk/

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2. Events that we host

ONS Economic Forum

At these monthly events we will be showcasing the latest economic and social developments with a wide range of analytic topics, economic issues and updates on economic transformation projects. Each month we will feature “State of the Economy”, providing a stocktake of the latest trends and developments.

Regional ONS Economic Forums

Throughout the year we will be visiting different regions over the country. The forums will present the current state of the UK economy including data and analysis for your region. There is also an opportunity to hear about economic statistics transformation on a national and local level.

ESWG Expert Seminars

The Economic Statistics Working Group (ESWG) comprises nominees of the Royal Economic Society (RES), the Royal Statistical Society (RSS), the Office for National Statistics (ONS), the Society for Professional Economists (SPE) and the Economic Statistics Centre of Excellence (ESCoE). ESWG creates and oversees a programme of expert seminars aimed at improving the quality and understanding of economic measurement, broadly defined to include measurement of economic stocks and flows, including in the service and digital economies, economic inequality, well-being etc.

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3. Past events

ESCoE Economic Measurement Webinar

Date: 13 January 2022

An occupation and asset driven approach to capital utilisation adjustment in productivity statistics

Please join us for the ESCoE Economic Measurement Webinar with Josh Martin, Head of Productivity at the Office for National Statistics

During the coronavirus pandemic, with many workers working from home and businesses closed down, it seems clear that the utilisation of capital assets fell. If we view this not as a fall in productivity, but as a fall in measured inputs, we may need to adjust the growth accounting framework for changes in capital utilisation. There is no internationally agreed method to adjust for capital utilisation; although a method using labour hours worked as a proxy for capital hours worked is most widely used. We offer an extension to this approach, overcoming conceptual issues by matching worker types (occupations) to capital types (assets). We use the hours worked of relevant occupations, relative to usual hours worked, in order to measure deviations in capital utilisation by asset. We also introduce a conceptual framework to apply these adjustments, noting that not all assets will be subject to variation in utilisation to the same degree. Our central estimate shows a decline in capital utilisation of around 9% in the UK market sector in the height of the pandemic, recovering over half of this by the end of 2020. This subdues, but does not eliminate, the fall in MFP through 2020.

ESCoE Economic Measurement Webinar

Date: Thursday 16 December 2021

Business Formation Statistics: from research to production

Please join us for the ESCoE Economic Measurement Webinar with Alyson Plumb, the Economic Indicator Division's Business Formation Statistics Team Lead at the U.S. Department of Commerce's Census Bureau

Discover the Census Bureau's Business Formation Statistics (BFS) program. The BFS uses applications for Employer Identification Numbers (EINs) from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to construct nationwide, industry-level and state-level time series for new business applications, as well as actual and projected employer business formations originating from these applications. Learn about the data, the evolution of the BFS program from its research beginnings, and new BFS research applications.

ONS Economic Forum

Date: 13 December 2021

  • Launch of the GSS Subnational Data Strategy

  • Disaggregating annual subnational gross value added (GVA) to lower levels of geography, 1998 to 2019 – The article accompanies experimental GVA statistics, which are part of a wider project aiming to produce economic statistics for small geographical areas. The article describes the method and data sources used to disaggregate GVA into low-level building blocks that can be used to build up standard and bespoke geographies. It presents four test cases to illustrate the flexibility of the approach used.

  • Understanding Towns in England and Wales: industry analysis – This article explores how industry structure varies across England and Wales, and how it is associated with factors such as population, geographical location and size.

Slides

Health Data Science Seminar Series Webinar

Date: Thursday 9 December 2021

Using data science to solve health challenges: what we've learned and where we're going, Tariq Khokhar, Wellcome Trust.

Hosted by the ONS' Data Science Campus and Health Analysis Team, this brand-new seminar series is an exciting opportunity to hear about recent developments in health data science, to generate ideas, and to help build the health data science community.

The seminars provide a dedicated space for data scientists, policymakers, health professionals, academics, epidemiologists, statisticians and other members of the data science community to come together to explore the potential of data science to improve health and health policy.

At this seminar you will hear from Tariq Khokhar who is the Head of Data for Science and Health at the Wellcome Trust. Tariq will present on "Using data science to solve health challenges: what we've learned and where we're going".

The session will focus on how data and software tools are transforming science and health. The last decade has seen the field of health data science mature rapidly. But there remain huge opportunities to improve how this new field ultimately benefits society: from tools, methods and the teams using them; to policies, standards and engagement with the people whose lives are being affected.

What can we learn from successes in this field to date? What can the worlds of health data science and official statistics learn from each other? And how can we use health data science to tackle some of our biggest health challenges?

The seminar will be chaired by National Statistician Sir Ian Diamond.

Slides

Economic Data Science Seminar Series

Causal inference for machine learning

Date: 2 December 2021

At this seminar you will hear from Amit Sharma who  is a Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research India. His work bridges causal inference techniques with data mining and machine learning, with the goal of making machine learning models generalize better, be explainable and avoid hidden biases.

Abstract

As predictive models based on machine learning (ML) are applied in diverse domains from healthcare to finance, reliability of the black-box models is one of the biggest problems facing ML research today: would the model generalize to out-of-distribution data, would it be fair to different subpopulations, and would it be explainable?

Amit will show how incorporating causality in predictive models can be useful for all these problems. Standard causal inference methods like matching can be applied to make deep learning models generalize to unseen distributions. A simple method based on matching obtains state-of-the-art results on domain generalization benchmarks. Similarly, the concept of counterfactuals is essential to explain machine learning models. Amit will describe work on automatically finding counterfactuals for any prediction and using it to create counterfactual-based explanations.

Finally, Amit will show that causal graphs are fundamental to understand the fairness of a ML system. Common fairness metrics fail to ensure fairness unless they account for the causal process that generates a given dataset.

Slides

Economic Data Science Seminar Series

The Alan Turing Institute, the Data Science Campus of the Office for National Statistics (ONS), Centre for microdata methods and practice (Cemmap) and the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) are collaborating for the economic data science seminar series. The intended audience for these seminars includes both policymakers and academics, and the seminars will be overseen by a group of seminar partners made up of representatives of key stakeholder organisations.

The economic data science series has four objectives:

  • to promote economic data science as a discipline

  • to link researchers across institutions and disciplines and bring together the academic and policy communities

  • to demonstrate cutting-edge applications of data science to economic questions to an audience of economists, data scientists and economic data scientists

  • to provide a forum for addressing challenges in current work

ONS Economic Forum

ESCoE Economic Measurement Webinar

Date: Thursday 2 December 2021

National Natural Capital Accounting in the UK

Please join us for the ESCoE Economic Measurement Webinar with Adam Dutton, Office for National Statistics

The UK has been developing Natural Capital Accounts for the last 10 years. Over that time the methods and data have matured along with the priority of the environment for public policy. This talk will work through the challenges faced in building the accounts as they are; what they can already do; the possibilities for the future of natural capital accounting and what it will take to achieve them.

Date: 22 November 2021
Webinar

  • State of the UK Economy - providing a stocktake of the latest trends and developments

  • Trade in Services impacts from EU Exit and COVID-19. We’ll be presenting our latest analysis of UK trade in services in the context of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and the end of the EU transition period on 31 December 2020. The presentation will look at the impacts on exports and imports of services in the context of global challenges to trade, along with some detailed analysis of the impacts on specific services accounts such as travel, transport, and financial services.

Slides

ONS Economic Forum

Date: 25 October 2021
Webinar

  • State of the UK Economy - providing a stocktake of the latest trends and developments

  • Environmentally-adjusted productivity estimates for the UK -  Does adjusting for environmental inputs and outputs help to explain the 'productivity puzzle'? Does it change our understanding of productivity growth in the UK? We will showcase a range of ONS data and possible methods to adjust productivity statistics for environmental factors, including energy use, atmospheric emissions, and environmental protection expenditures.

  • Transition to Net Zero: Deep dive into the Low Emissions Vehicles (LEV) sector

Slides

ESCoE Economic Measurement Webinar

Date: Thursday 21 October 2021

The user cost of owner occupied housing: Implications for the measurement of inflation and housing market equilibrium

Please join us for the ESCoE Economic Measurement Webinar with Robert Hill, Professor of Macroeconomics at the University of Graz.

The concept of the user-cost of owner-occupied housing has two main measurement applications. First, it can be used to construct a price index and expenditure share for owner-occupied housing, thus allowing owner-occupied housing to be included in a consumer price index. Second, the user-cost equilibrium condition asserts that in equilibrium the cost of owner occupying should equal the cost of renting. On rearrangement, this condition provides a formula for the equilibrium price-rent ratio (or rental yield) in the housing market. In this talk I will discuss and contrast some of the problems one encounters in practice when trying to apply the user-cost concept to measure either inflation or the equilibrium price-rent ratio. In both cases, non-sensical results can easily arise if care is not taken.

Public Policy Analysis Forum - Mental Health and Wellbeing in Children

Date: 13 October
Time: 10:00 to 11:30

Overview:

"There is understandable concern about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and associated restrictions on the mental health of children and young people.

In this forum, Tim Vizard from the ONS and Tamsin Ford, professor of child and adolescent psychiatry at the University of Cambridge will provide an overview of analysis on mental health and wellbeing, including a review of the findings from the NHS Digital report on Mental Health of Children and Young People in England 2021, published on 30th September.

We also welcome Emma Nelson and Donna Phillips from the Office of the Children's Commissioner for England, who will be presenting on the The Big Ask report, published on 21 September. The survey is the biggest of its kind in the world and asked young people between the ages of 4 to 17 over six weeks in April and May 2021 about their experiences of the pandemic and to hear about their hopes for the future."

Slides

ESCoE Economic Measurement Webinar

Thursday 7 October 2021
Offshore Profit Shifting and Aggregate Measurement

Please join us for the ESCoE Economic Measurement Webinar with Kim Ruhl, Professor of Economics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

In this talk we show how offshore profit shifting by U.S. multinational enterprises affects several key measures of the U.S. economy. Profits shifted out of the United States grew rapidly from the mid-1990s to 2010 and have since waned. From 1982–2016, on average, 37 percent of income attributed to U.S. direct investment abroad is reattributable to the United States. We find that adjusting for profit shifting shrinks the trade deficit, decreases the return on U.S. foreign direct investment abroad, boosts productivity growth rates in the late 1990s and early 2000s, and lowers labour’s share of income.

Census Outputs Consultation – now live

On 13 July 2021 the Office for National Statistics launched a public consultation, outlining our proposals for the content design and shape of the release plans for Census 2021 outputs.

The aim of this consultation is to obtain an updated view of your detailed needs for Census 2021 data and analysis, and to understand your priorities.

Your feedback will help us to make decisions on the final design of the Census 2021 outputs and analysis for England and Wales.

Leaving no one behind - How can we be more inclusive in our data?

Launch: Inclusive Data Taskforce recommendations report
Date: Tuesday 28 September
Time: 10:00am to 11.30am

The UK Statistics Authority's Statistics for the Public Good sets out a new vision for the UK statistical system. A core principle of that vision is inclusivity; that our statistics reflect the experiences of everyone in our society so that everyone counts - and that no one is forgotten.

Last October, the National Statistician convened an independent Inclusive Data Taskforce, comprised of a diverse group of senior academics and civil society leaders with a breadth of expertise. Chaired by Dame Moira Gibb, the Taskforce was challenged to develop a set of recommendations that would create a step-change in the inclusivity of the UK's data and evidence base.

Join us for the Inclusive Data Taskforce Report launch on Tuesday 28 September (10:00am to 11.30am) to discover more about the Taskforce's recommendations, the National Statistician's response, and our future plans.  

Speakers include:  

  • Professor Sir Ian Diamond - National Statistician

  • Dame Moira Gibb - Chair, Inclusive Data Taskforce

  • Panel to be confirmed

Economic Data Science Seminar Series

23 September 2021
Webinar
Maximilian Kasy, professor at the Department of Economics, University of Oxford will be presenting on Social foundations for statistics and machine learning

If you have any questions about future events, or would like to be added to our mailing list, please contact Economic.Engagement@ons.gov.uk.

UK Business Data User Conference

21 September 2021
Webinar

The UK Business Data User Conference is a one-day conference jointly organised by the UK Data Service and the Office for National Statistics (ONS). The conference will be held online and is free to attend.

The conference programme contains a mixture of presentations from ONS, UK Data Service, and researchers who have used economic and business data covering the areas of business, industry and trade.

Following a key note by Donna Leong, Director of Economic Statistics Change at ONS on the Economic and Business Statistics transformation programme, ARIES (Ambitious, Radical, Inclusive Economic Statistics), attendees will hear updates from the data producers of key UK business surveys and administrative data, such as:

  • Business Structure Database

  • Annual Business Survey

  • Annual Inquiry into Foreign Direct Investment

  • Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings

  • Business Insights and Conditions Survey

  • Inter-Departmental Business Register (and linked data)

  • and many more

There will be an opportunity for Q&A.

Following a post lunch panel on use of government commissioned research, there will be three parallel sessions where researchers will speak on their work on business productivity, R&D and innovation; impact of investments and policy; and business trade and international markets.

Finally there is lunchtime drop-in session where attendees can ask questions of our resident experts on how to craft an accredited research project.

Follow the event on Twitter: #UKBusinessData21

ONS Economic Forum

13 September 2021
Webinar

  • State of the UK Economy - providing a stocktake of the latest trends and developments

  • How has the COVID-19 pandemic affected Great Britain's living conditions? - On 13 September, ONS will be publishing an analysis article on how household finances have changed during the pandemic. This will present findings on how incomes and levels of spending have changed during 2020/21, how this might have translated to changes in savings and debt, as well as household's general ability to make ends meet. The analysis will synthesise findings from a number of different ONS data sources, to cover each of these different areas. We will be looking at how household experiences vary depending on where they had previously been on the income distribution before the pandemic, whether they had received support from a government scheme, and household characteristics. The presentation will include additional analysis that will be published alongside the article.

Slides
Video

Long COVID in the UK: Prevalence, Impact and Emerging Insights

Webinar
21 July 2021
Measuring the emerging phenomenon of post-COVID-19 syndrome ('long COVID').
For some people, coronavirus (COVID-19) can cause symptoms that last weeks or months after the infection has gone. This is sometimes called post-COVID-19 syndrome or 'long COVID'. Long COVID is an emerging phenomenon that is not yet fully understood.

Hosted by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) and the Statistics User Network (SUN), this seminar was an exciting opportunity to hear recent evidence on long COVID, including the latest ONS releases on the prevalence and impact of long COVID (published in July 2021).

Statistics User Network is a public facing engagement platform for stats users, stats producers and anyone who is interested in statistics. SUN is managed by the Office for National Statistics.

ONS Economic Forum

19 July 2021
Webinar

  • Hospitality in the time of COVID 19 - Analysis of the hospitality industry during its reopening into summer 2021. Focusing on consumer demand, the impact on businesses, vacancies and wages.

  • State of the UK Economy - providing a stocktake of the latest trends and developments.

  • Subnational FDI estimates - Analysis of experimental statistics on the stock of foreign direct investment (FDI) by UK country, region and city region between 2015 and 2019.

Slides

ONS Research Excellence Series

13 July 2021
Webinar

Data after Covid-19 Conference

6 July 2021
Webinar

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) have teamed up with the ONS, NIESR and ESCoE to hold a conference bringing people across government, academia and private sector together to emphasise the benefits of data sharing beyond navigating a pandemic and capitalise on that learning. The event on the 6 July 2021 will be centred around the improvement in data sharing across Whitehall, academia, and the private sector. Hopefully, this process can also highlight what were the key limitations holding us back from doing so before

ESCoE Workshop - Ever-increasing demand for regional statistics: COVID-19 era and beyond

24 June 2021
Webinar
Please see ESCoE website for details

Economic Data Science Seminar Series

24 June 2021
Webinar
Slides
Video

ESWG Gender Pay Gap Seminar

23 June 2021
Webinar
Slides
Video

If you require a transcript of the video, please send an email request to Economic.Engagement@ons.gov.uk

ONS Economic Forum

14 June 2021
Webinar
Slides

ESWG Seminar - Round table on GDP and welfare

25 May 2021
Webinar
Slides

Productivity User Event

20 May 2021
Webinar

ONS Economic Forum

17 May 2021
Webinar
Slides

ESCoE Conference

11 to 13 May 2021
Webinar
All recordings and slides from the ESCoE conference 2021 are available. Please be aware that this platform will only be available until 13 June 2021. After this date all content will be available on the Economics Statistics Centre of Excellence (ESCoE) website.

ESWG and Cemmap Conference on Prices

28 and 29 April 2021
Webinar
Slides

ONS Economic Forum

19 April 2021
Webinar
Slides

ESWG Seminar – Dasgupta Report – Recommendations for revised economic accounting

30 March 2021
Webinar
Slides

ONS Economic Forum

23 March 2021
Webinar
Slides

ONS Economic Forum

1 February 2021
Webinar
Slides

The ethnicity data gap: exploring the evidence base

4 November 2020
Webinar

ONS Economic Forum

2 November 2020
Webinar
Slides

Economic Statistics Centre of Excellence Conference

16 to 18 September 2020
Webinar

UK Statistics Authority/Treasury consultation on the reform of RPI methodology

27 July 2020
Webinar

ONS Economic Forum

8 July 2020
Webinar
Slides

ONS Economic Forum

25 February 2020
Brewers’ Hall, Aldermanbury Square, London, EC2V 7HR
Slides

ONS Economic Forum

24 October 2019
Greater London Authority, City Hall, London, SE1 2AA
Slides

ONS Economic Forum

21 October 2019
Bank of England
Slides

Economic Forum

18 July 2019
Glaziers Hall, 9 Montague Close, London Bridge, London, SE1 9DD
Slides

Economic Forum, Edinburgh

17 June 2019
Surgeons Quarter, Nicolson Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9DW
Economic Forum slides
ESWG Seminar slides

Cardiff Economic Forum

13 June 2019
Cardiff Business School, 3rd Floor, Post Graduate Teaching Building, Colum Drive, Cardiff, CF10 3EU
Slides

Measuring the Economy – Online Book Launch

6 June 2019
Warwick Business School, 17th Floor, The Shard, London, SE1 9SG

Economic Statistics Centre of Excellence Conference on Economic Measurement 2019

8 to 10 May 2019
King’s College, London

Economic Forum

29 April 2019
The Royal Society, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London
Slides

UK Productivity Forum

13 March 2019
The Westminster Conference Centre, 1 Victoria Street, London
Slides

Bristol Economic Forum

1 March 2019
Bristol
Slides

Economic Forum

29 January 2019
The Law Society, 113 Chancery Lane, London
Slides

Exploring Regional Statistics

16 January 2019
Nottingham University
Slides
Morning session
Afternoon session

Cambridge Economic Roadshow

30 November 2018
Francopan Hall, University of Cambridge
Slides

Productivity Seminar

22 November 2018
110 Rochester Row, London
Slides

ONS Economic Forum

11 October 2018
Bank of England, London
Slides

Flow of Funds Seminar

20 September 2018
Cavendish Conference Centre, London
Slides

ONS Economic Forum

26 July 2018
Crowne Plaza, London, The City
Slides

Challenges and Opportunities in Price Measurement Seminar

19 July 2018
The Shard, London
Slides part 1
Slides part 2

ONS Economic Forum – West Sussex

28 June 2018
Chichester, West Sussex
Slides

Economic Statistics Centre of Excellence International Conference on Economic Measurement

16 to 17 May 2018
Bank of England

ONS Economic Forum

26 April 2018
Royal Society, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London
Slides

Special event – focus on UK trade

16 April 2018
Crowne Plaza, London
Slides

Measuring and Using Natural Capital Seminar

5 March 2018
Victoria Park Plaza, London
Slides

ONS Economic Forum – Belfast

7 March 2018
Riddel Hall, Queen’s University, Belfast
Slides

ONS Earnings User Event

7 February 2018
Church House Conference Centre, London

ONS Economic Forum – London

23 January 2018
Glaziers Hall, London
Slides

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