Chief Statistician’s update: Migration and housing – how the GSS is working together for better statistics

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As Welsh Government statisticians our primary job is to ensure that we are producing statistics that help us understand the people, society and economy of Wales. However we also work with the Government Statistical Service across the UK to ensure we are collaborating and sharing ideas on how best to respond to the big policy questions. By working collaboratively we can share data and analysis that provides greater insight for users on particular topics. With that in mind I wanted to share two updates from the Government Statistical Service in the last week that highlight how we are looking to work together.

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Quick Fire Our New Developer

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We recently blogged about Welsh Government recruiting to Digital, Data and Technology roles and how we want to increase our internal skills and capability in these areas. As part of this recruitment we recently hired a new Developer to the Corporate Digital Team and we’re really excited to welcome him to the organisation.  Ok, unlike the blog title suggests, we’re not going to fire him just yet – but what better way to get to know him than to throw some quick fire questions at him?!

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We don’t know who you are, but if you have a very particular set of skills we will find you…

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You may have noticed recently on the CDO twitter feed (and if not, you should follow us @cdowales) that we have started to advertise for digital, data and technology specialists. As there’ll be a number of recruitments in the coming months we thought we’d write a blog to tell you a bit more about why we’re recruiting and what Welsh Government has to offer. Continue reading

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