GSS quality champions
Quality champions aim to raise the quality of official statistics produced by government departments.
Their main responsibilities are to:
- share guidance and best practice related to quality with their department
- keep colleagues up to date with developments relating to quality
- act as their department’s central point of contact for advice on quality
- identify areas within their department where extra support is needed in terms of improving statistical quality
- attend and actively participate in quality champion meetings
- share their experiences with the quality champion network
The network of quality champions across the Government Statistical Service (GSS) supports the statistical Heads of Profession and the Data Quality Hub (DQHub). The DQHub manages the quality champion network.
Want to be a quality champion?
Each government department can nominate a quality champion (or several champions) to work with the network of quality champions who meet on a quarterly basis.
If you would like to be a quality champion please email: DQHub@ons.gov.uk.
Please read the privacy notice for champions before you sign up.
The purpose of the quality champions network is to support statistical Heads of Profession (HoP) in their requirements under the Code of Practice for Statistics to report, maintain and improve the quality of statistics across the Government Statistical Service (GSS).
The network provides crucial links both across government departments and with the Data Quality Hub. Through sharing knowledge and best practice across the GSS, the network helps to ensure that the GSS produces high quality statistics.
A specific aim of the quality champions network is to help deliver the GSS Quality Strategy, including promoting innovative methods, ensuring data is of sufficient quality and implementing reproducible analysis.
The work of the quality champions network applies across all statistical products, datasets and data tables produced and published across the GSS, either regularly or irregularly.
Roles and responsibilities
To share best practice in my department by
- ensuring my HoP and colleagues within my department are kept up to date with quality guidance and any other developments relating to quality
- acting as the central point of contact within my department for advice on quality
- considering producing internal guidance documents on quality for my department – the Data Quality Hub have many examples of these from across the GSS which can be shared
To support my HoP in ensuring delivery of the GSS Quality Strategy within my department by
- working with my HoP and consult with all GSS members in my department to produce an action plan outlining what activities will take place in my department to achieve the GSS aims within the strategy
- working with my HoP to provide biannual updates to the Data Quality Hub on these actions to enable progress of the strategy to be tracked
To identify areas where support is needed from the Data Quality Hub by:
- working with my HoP to identify any quality issues with new data sources and review the approach to quality reporting and quality assurance within my department
- seeking support from the Data Quality Hub in these areas where it is needed
The following support can be provided by the Data Quality Hub:
- training courses on quality
- consultancy service
To attend quality champion network meetings and share best practice by:
- attending and actively participate in quarterly champion meetings
- submitting an agenda item or presenting at the quarterly champion meeting to showcase developments or practice in my department relating to quality or to discuss a challenge
- building links with champions in other departments to share knowledge
The group membership will consist of representatives from departments across the GSS who are responsible for statistical inputs and outputs.
To be a quality champion, you need to commit to the role outlined on this page. This may require you to get permission from your line manager or HoP.
The network is for the benefit of the GSS and all users of government statistics.
The main benefit to statistical producers is an increase in compliance with the quality aspects of the Code of Practice for Statistics. High quality statistics build trust in our statistics and in us as statistical producers and inform sound policy decisions for the public good.
The quality champions network provides a space for champions to share their experience, learn from others and support the wider analytical community. On a personal level, being a quality champion is a great corporate objective as it is an important “big picture” contribution to the civil service and a significant development opportunity.
- Advising and encouraging teams responsible for statistical outputs to follow the quality principles in the Code of Practice for Statistics
- Promoting best practice
- Facilitating discussion and knowledge sharing
- Building links across departments
In addition to statistical outputs quality champions will need oversight of a variety of products which form part of the statistical process, including data, management information, modelling etc.
Out of scope:
- Enforcement of the Code of Practice for Statistics
It is not the intention of the quality champions network to seek to enforce compliance with the Code of Practice for Statistics. Instead the network aims to promote good practice and offer support and advice to make compliance easier to achieve.
The primary form of communication between the Data Quality Hub and the quality champions will be through email correspondence, quarterly meetings, and quarterly updates. There may also be opportunities to hold workshops and events for quality champions.
The Data Quality Hub have produced a Quality Champions Charter to help quality champions to understand their role. Email DQHub@ons.gov.uk if you would like a copy of this.
|Cabinet Office||Cabinet Office||Stillwell||Darren|
|Cabinet Office||Cabinet Office||White||Chris|
|Companies House||Companies House||Riddick-Egan||Siobhan|
|Companies House||Companies House||Taylor||Philip|
|DBT||Department for Business and Trade||Filipovic||Ivana|
|DEFRA||Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs||Crowhurst||Emma|
|DEFRA||Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs||Green||Laura|
|DEFRA||Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs||Woodend||Andrew|
|DESNZ||Department for Energy Security and Net Zero||Smith||Finn|
|DfE||Department for Education||Housden-Rowe||Charlotte|
|DfE||Department for Education||Lakhani||Shyam|
|DfE||Department for Education||Pearson||Mark|
|DfT||Department for Transport||Schofield||Andy|
|DHSC||Department for Health and Social Care||Jayaram||Narayan|
|DHSC||Department for Health and Social Care||Haines||Oliver|
|DIT||Department for International Trade||Ariwa||Jess|
|DLUHC||Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities||Fegan||Conor|
|DLUHC||Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities||Smith||Claire|
|DSIT||Department for Science, Innovation and Technology||Burgess||Katherine|
|DWP||Department for Work and Pensions||Buckland||Sophie|
|DWP||Department for Work and Pensions||Rass||Sandy|
|DWP||Department for Work and Pensions||Redden||Sirinnuj|
|FCDO||Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office||Smyth||James|
|FSA||Food Standards Agency||Clifford||Robin|
|Gambling Commission||Gambling Commission||Barnfield-Tubb||Jennifer|
|Gambling Commission||Gambling Commission||Jagota||Rupam|
|HMRC||HM Revenue and Customs||Cochrane||Abbie|
|Home Office||Home Office||Henderson||Mary|
|Home Office||Home Office||Stathoulopoulou||Katerina|
|HSE||Health and Safety Executive||Polanowski||Ian|
|IPO||Intellectual Property Office||Beck||Pauline|
|IPO||Intellectual Property Office||Patel||Virag|
|MOD||Ministry of Defence||Names of MOD champions are available on request|
|MoJ||Ministry of Justice||Jobling||Stephen|
|NAO||National Audit Office||Bordbar||Darya|
|NAO||National Audit Office||Peck||Eloise|
|NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde||NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde||Wilson||Scott|
|NIO||Northern Ireland Office||Harwood||Josh|
|NISRA||Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency||Fulton||Ruth|
|NISRA||Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency||O'Brien||Tony|
|NRS||National Records of Scotland||Macintyre||Tom|
|Ofqual||Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation||James||Melissa|
|Ofsted||Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills||Milstead||Tim|
|Ofsted||Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills||Ruddock||Anna|
|ONS||Office for National Statistics||Castaldo||Adriana|
|ONS||Office for National Statistics||O'leary||Louise|
|ORR||Office of Rail and Road||Lunn||Matthew|
|ORR||Office of Rail and Road||Ramyead||Aruna|
|Public Health Scotland||Public Health Scotland||Davies||Richmond|
|Public Health Scotland||Public Health Scotland||Somers||Camilla|
|UKHSA||UK Health Security Agency||Cuff||Ben|
|UKHSA||UK Health Security Agency||Morbey||Roger|
|UKHSA||UK Health Security Agency||Pinder||Charlie|
|VOA||Valuation Office Agency||Grasso||Anna|
|VOA||Valuation Office Agency||Laidlow||Rebecca|
|VOA||Valuation Office Agency||Lyall||Claire|
If you would like an e-mail contact for a champion please email DQHub@ons.gov.uk.
If you have any questions about the GSS Quality Champions, please contact the Data Quality Hub by emailing DQHub@ons.gov.uk.