New powers for public bodies to share data – we want your views

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Data plays an important role in making effective decisions, particularly within the public sector. Often public sector bodies need the same data and we end up with duplicate data collections which cost money and place unnecessary burden on those providing the data. Also complexities and concerns around data sharing are often identified as real barriers to improving public services and the services that citizens receive. Whilst the simple solution is for public bodies to share their data, there have long been barriers to doing this. Continue reading

Guest Blog: School Sport Survey – Improved & Back for 2018

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The Sport Wales’ School Sport Survey will be back in 2018 and preparations are well underway for the April launch date.

The Team heading up the project which last round saw 116,000 youngsters share their views on physical activity in Wales, have been busy consulting with partners on potential changes and improvements.

Senior Insight Officer, Lauren Carter-Davies, talked us through the Survey and planned improvements…

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Chief Statistician’s update: Understanding changes to education data

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We have today published the final 2017 Key Stage 4 results for secondary school pupils in Wales. At this time of year there is much interest in putting the national performance into context, whether that is by comparing Wales to another country or looking at trends over time. There have been a number of changes in recent years to the way performance measures are calculated and in this blog I will describe the impact that these changes have had on our ability to compare. Continue reading

Chief Statistician’s update: Measuring the Well-being of Wales and 2021 Census update

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Measuring the Well-being of Wales

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On September 25th I published the first ever annual Well-being of Wales report. The Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015 required us to report annually on our progress towards the national well-being goals, with reference to the national indicators.

It gave an insight into the state of the nation’s well-being and recent trends. Key messages can be found in this Slideshare and the full report.

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Guest Blog: Code of Practice for Statistics Consultation

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I’m pleased to introduce a guest blog by Penny Babb from the Office for Statistics Regulation. The UK Statistics Authority is currently consulting on a revised version of the Code of Practice for statistics. The Code of Practice is the framework for the official statistics produced here in Wales as well as the rest of the UK.

As part of this revision the Authority are proposing that the Code provides principles that can apply to any numerical information so it is relevant to the wider data agenda. I’d very much encourage those with interest in data and statistics in Wales to respond.

Glyn Jones, Chief Statistician

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