The Office for National Statistics (ONS) Research Excellence Award 2019 will recognise and celebrate outstanding innovative research carried out using our data and/or data we make available on behalf of others, to deliver a public benefit to the UK, whilst protecting data confidentiality.


Each year, we approve around 400 projects with access to the secure data we manage for statistical research. The research outcomes inform an extremely diverse range of topics, such as UK monetary and financial policy, the development and evaluation of the UK National Living Wage, and the impact of migration on health services. The awards will recognise the excellent and innovative analyses carried out and promote best practice research methodologies and data matching or linking. The awards will promote greater awareness and understanding of the data available and the public good achieved by statistical research.

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