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Analysis in Government Award winners 2021

Celebrating all our star analysts, the Analysis in Government Awards ceremony 2021 was a truly inspirational event.

“The #AiGAwards21 are a great opportunity to recognise and celebrate fantastic work being done across the Analysis Function”, Adrian Richards Director of Data and Analysis, Ministry of Justice opened the ceremony along with Jane Whittaker, Director of Knowledge, Analysis and Intelligence, HM Revenue & Customs who both shared well-deserved accolades for everyone shortlisted.

With 135 high-quality nominations to choose from, we are super-proud of all nominees and so, without further ado, we are proud to announce our winners, runners up and highly commended entries for 2021.

Professor Sir Ian Diamond Award for Excellence


Stephen Simpkin – Data Science Fellow Superhero, Essex County Council

Read Stephen Simpkin, winner’s blog: Excellence in Government Analytics award.

Runner up

Amy Thomas – Improving border security through innovative and collaborative analysis, Home Office

Highly commended

Gary Brown – Collaborations for Methodological excellence, Office for National Statistics and

Nikki Shorrock – Data Science capability and community work, Department for Health and Social Care

Innovative methods


NHS Early Warning System and NHS use of Oxford Open ABM – NHS England and NHS Improvement

Runner up

GCSE attainment and lifetime earnings – Department for Education

Highly commended

Estimating vehicle and pedestrian activity from town and city traffic cameras – Office for National Statistics and

Quantifying the impact of the COVID-19 vaccination programme on hospitalisations: A control cohort study using data linkage – NHS England and NHS Improvement



Scotland’s Population 2020 – Statistical Promotion and Analysis team, National Records of Scotland

Runner up

Measuring migration: The story behind the headlines – Centre for International Migration and Digital Publishing, Office for National Statistics

Highly commended

Global Trade Outlook – Futures Research and Analysis team, Department for International Trade and

LG Inform COVID-19 and Other Themed Reports – LG Inform Research and Information Team, Local Government Association



Sally Davis – Contribution to Diversity and Inclusion, Ministry of Defence

Runner up

AF Shadow Board members – Analysis Function People Shadow Board, Cross-Government

Highly commended

Lucy Charlton – ORR Diversity and Inclusion Network, Office of Rail and Road and

Kim Swain – Champion for improving inclusivity, Welsh Government



COVID-19 Vaccination Programme team – NHS COVID-19 Vaccine Equalities tool, NHS England and NHS Improvement

Runner up

Policy Evidence and Analysis team – ONS Opinions and Lifestyle Survey (OPN), Office for National Statistics

Highly commended

Health and Social Care levy Policy Analysis Team – Health and Social Care levy, HM Revenue and Customs and

Loy Chen and Steve Smith – Irrecoverable income insurance for local government, Department for Levelling Up, Housing & Communities



Public Health Data Asset team – Public Health Data Asset (PHDA) project, Office for National Statistics

Runners up

Faster Indicators team – Economic activity and Social change in the UK, Office for National Statistics and

Statistics Modernisation team – Explore Education Statistics, Department for Education

Highly commended

Data and Platform team – COVID-19 Weekly Report and Dashboard, Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office

An exclusive digital goodie bag

Not only do our winners, runners up and highly commended entries have the pride of being recognised for these prestigious awards, but you can also share your success with your colleagues with your very own exclusive digital goodie bag.

In your pack you’ll find assets to help you share your success and pride in being a government analyst and celebrate your success.

  • Teams backgrounds: Why not use them in your day-to-day meetings
  • Email signature button: Adding the hyperlinked AiGA button to your email signature will let everyone you email know about your success
  • Twitter banner: Share your success with your Twitter followers