UX Week – Putting user experience in the spotlight

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In July 2021 Welsh Government held its first UX Week, a week of events on the topics of user experience and user centred design.  We know what you’re thinking – what is user experience and why did you want to run a week-long event on it? We asked Azul De Pol, who is part of our UX community in Welsh Government, to write a blog to tell you more…

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Chief Statistician’s update: understanding people’s views and lives during the pandemic

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The National Survey for Wales is the main social survey carried out by Welsh Government and its partners. It involves around 12,000 people across Wales each year, and in normal times it’s based on interviewing people in their homes. The survey covers many different topics, from health and the NHS to schools, council services, and views about the local area. 

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National Indicators: what has the pandemic taught us about how we measure wellbeing?

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It is impossible to ignore the changes we have experienced over the last 18 months and the different light the pandemic has shone on what contributes to the wellbeing of Wales. As a result, we’re looking at whether this experience has highlighted any gaps in the way we measure progress towards our wellbeing goals.

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Data Science projects: Identifying and describing clusters of deprivation

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While accurate and timely statistics have always been recognised as a key input to good quality decision and policy making within government, this past year has put data at the forefront of strategy and reporting in a new way due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The public appetite for data has risen and products such as data dashboards are being frequently used by people who may not have been actively engaged in data previously.

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Chief Statistician’s update: plans for COVID-19 vaccination statistics

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After what has been a difficult year, the vaccination roll-out will no doubt be a ray of hope for many. This brings with it a huge amount of interest in the progress of the roll-out, with many people wanting to know when they or their loved ones might receive their vaccination (if they haven’t already). In this blog, written jointly by epidemiologists in Public Health Wales and statisticians in the Welsh Government, we want to set out what you can expect to see from vaccination data over the coming weeks and months.

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