Celebrating Excellence: The Fourth Analysis in Government (AiG) Awards

We have had a fantastic week celebrating the excellent analysis conducted across government. We received over 100 outstanding nominations this year, which highlights the huge amount of great work going on across government analysis.

Our panel of esteemed judges have reached a decision, and we are excited to announce the winners, runners up and highly commended entries for the Fourth Analysis in Government (AiG) Awards!

We will be announcing the winner of this year’s People’s Choice Award at our live Celebration Day event in February. Everyone in the Analysis Function is invited to this upbeat event that will feature an introduction by Professor Sir Ian Diamond, celebrate our esteemed winners, give us all the chance to learn something from their success, and feature some fun interactive elements.

Celebration Day will take place on Microsoft Teams on Monday 19 February. You can register to attend Celebration Day on Eventbrite. We look forward to seeing you at the event.

A reminder of the award categories for the Fourth AiG Awards


This award celebrates those who have successfully used clear communications to present analysis, considering needs of the audience. This could be an example of public-facing or internal communication within teams, departments or across professions. 

The winning entry will demonstrate: 

  • use of innovative methods of communicating and disseminating analysis 
  • ensuring accessibility is at the heart of communicating the results of analysis 
  • presenting analysis clearly and in a way that is meaningful to the audience
  • demonstrating that the needs of different types of users and potential users were considered when determining how the analysis should be communicated 


This award celebrates a person or team who has collaborated between teams, departments, other professions, external organisations or researchers to produce a piece of analysis or analytical project.

The winning entry will demonstrate: 

  • collaboration which improved data and methods
  • ways of working which enabled effective collaboration
  • collaboration which enhanced insight and understanding of the findings of analysis 
  • collaboration with stakeholders, such as other analytical professions, other teams in your department, other government departments, organisations outside government, topic and method experts, policy professionals, producers of related analysis, or international organisations and researchers 


This award will recognise analysis which has made an impact through use, influenced decision-making or contributed to public debate. 

The winning entry will demonstrate: 

  • evidencing a link between the analysis undertaken and the positive impact — is there evidence to show that the analysis influenced a policy decision, avoided risks or improved operational outcomes? 
  • the nature and significance of the impact from the users’ point of view 
  • the nominated team were pro-active in ensuring the analysis has impact 
  • new analysis being developed to meet an identified knowledge or information gap 


This award recognises an outstanding contribution in making the Analysis Function a more inclusive Function that is reflective of the citizens we serve, or an outstanding contribution in producing analysis on diversity or inclusion. 

The winning entry will demonstrate: 

  • developing or producing outstanding analysis on a diversity or inclusion subject matter 
  • making improvements in the way we analyse and understand diversity and inclusion data
  • acting as a role model and championing the development of colleagues from different backgrounds and perspectives 
  • bringing together unique viewpoints from across their team, department, or the Analysis Function 
  • building an inclusive culture by challenging inequalities, barriers, and bias to reflect a wider range of experience 
  • demonstrating how a real and measurable positive impact has come about due to their interventions or actions 

Innovative methods 

This award recognises innovative methods or techniques of analysis. 

The winning entry will demonstrate: 

  • innovative analytical methods and techniques used
  • methods which led to new insight, answered complex questions, or improved efficiency
  • the strengths and limitations of the methods used were considered, and communicated effectively to users
  • feedback from peer reviewers and experts was invited and acted upon to refine the methods
  • this work may include innovative usage of data sharing, such as through the Integrated Data Service (IDS)

The Professor Sir Ian Diamond Rising Star Award 

This is an award that will recognise a person who has displayed excellence in championing or promoting the Analysis Function. The winner of The Professor Sir Ian Diamond Rising Star Award will be someone in the first 5 years of their career as a government analyst who has gone above and beyond what would be expected for an analyst of their experience, or who has championed the importance of analysis. Nominees for the Rising Star Award can be in grades up to and including Grade 7 and can be of any profession or age. 

A winning entry will demonstrate:

  • demonstration of the nominee’s potential to excel in their future career 
  • positive contributions which have exceeded expectations 
  • demonstration of enthusiasm, passion, and drive for analysis 
  • ways of working that inspire the next generation of government analysts 
  • take a holistic view of the nominee – their work, relationships with others, qualities that will help them flourish 

When the winners will be announced

A full list of winners, runners-up, and highly commended entries has now been published. Congratulations to everyone who has been recognised for their achievements!

The winners and runners-up of each category are eligible for the People’s Choice Award and voting closed on Thursday 15 February 2024. The winner of the People’s Choice Award will be announced at our online Celebration Day event on Monday 19 February. You can register to attend Celebration Day on Eventbrite.

Hear from previous winners

The AiG awards not only provide well-deserved recognition, but also inspire a culture of excellence and continuous improvement within the Analysis Function. 

But don’t just take our word for it! Catherine Hutchinson won the Professor Sir Ian Diamond Award for Excellence in 2022 and tells us how special it was to win, especially after eyeing up the competition! She told us, “it was a really special moment to win, you feel nervous as you know you have been nominated, and you see all the amazing other people across government that are in your category. The feeling when you win is amazing, as it’s such a lovely affirming surprise.” 

Since winning the award, Catherine has felt inspired in her work as it has “given me the confidence to know that I am making a difference”. Encouraging others to nominate, Catherine says that “lots of analysts in government don’t shout enough about the amazing work they do – and they should! If we don’t celebrate each other who will? Help someone see that what they have done is special, important, and worth acknowledging.”

Coming out on top in the Innovative Methods category, Helen Heard’s team won first place for their work on “Kitchen Life 2”, which uses motion-sensor cameras in domestic and business kitchens to observe real life behaviour. Helen and the team feel “so proud to win and to have our work recognised. Being short-listed and awaiting the final announcements created suspense and excitement for our whole team to share in. Accepting our award and giving a speech at the celebration event was a special moment in my career.” 

It’s onwards and upwards for the team as winning their AiG Award has given them the opportunity to celebrate their work across the department and wider, even getting an invite to present at Civil Service Live and other cross-government events. Helen told us, “nominating yourself, or your colleagues, for an award gives your work recognition, helps you to celebrate and feel proud of the work you deliver.”

Robyn O’Connor and Beth Holloway won the collaboration award for designing and analysing a multi-faceted call for evidence that directly shaped England’s first Women’s Health Strategy. Robyn and Beth created a team including analysis volunteers, data scientists and policy teams within their own department and across government, universities and external agencies. For them, winning the award felt “Completely unreal! It was such a lovely feeling to be recognised for our work, and to continue to shine a light on an important issue.” 

Winning the Communication award for their ‘Who lives in Scotland’ documentary, Esther Roughsedge spoke on behalf of the team; “Winning has been amazing! When the documentary went out, I wasn’t actually sure what people would think of it. Getting this endorsement has helped so much. It makes me smile every time I see my certificate! I’d really encourage anyone to nominate their colleagues who have done great work – it is such a wonderful thing to even just to be nominated for! It raises your profile and is a great way of showcasing [your] brilliant work.”