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Analysis in Government Awards 2022 Shortlist

We are back for the third year with the Analysis in Government Awards (AiG Awards) shortlist for 2022. 

“Members of the Analysis Function have continued to demonstrate extraordinary commitment and creativity and I’m very much looking forward to reading this year’s nominations for the incredible work you’ve delivered” Professor Sir Ian Diamond is very impressed with the calibre of nominations this year! 

We’d like to start our shortlist reveal with a huge thank you to everyone who submitted a nomination for this year’s AiG Awards. We have received over 110 nominations representing the diversity of departments and professions within the AF; a clear indication of the vast amount of outstanding analysis conducted across government in the past year. We will be presenting six different awards to individuals and teams from across the Analysis Function showcasing the excellence of government analysis.  

Award categories

The Professor Sir Ian Diamond Award for Excellence

This award recognises an individual that has displayed excellence in championing, promoting, or growing the Analysis Function. This could be by highlighting analysis across government, developing our people, inspiring analysts, or delivering better outcomes for the citizen. 

The shortlisted entries are: 

  • Accredited Data Analyst role in the Department for Work & Pensions (DWP) Analytical Community – Iain Wright, Department for Work & Pensions
  • Establishing the CPS Social Research function – Joan Donnelly and the CPS Social Research Team, Crown Prosecution Service
  • Evaluation Task Force – Catherine Hutchinson, Cabinet Office
  • Improving accessibility in analysis – Hannah Thomas, Office for National Statistics 
  • Local Land Charges Digital Migration Programme – Pavel Casian, HM Land Registry 
  • New Apprenticeship Funding Methodology – Elizabeth Vincent, Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education 



This award recognises collaboration between teams, departments, other professions as well as with external organisations and researchers to deliver a piece of analysis or analytical project. 

The shortlisted entries are: 

  • A call for evidence to inform England’s first Women’s Health Strategy – NHS Quality, Safety and Investigations Analytical Team, Department of Health & Social Care 
  • All Wales Analytics Learning Programme – Digital Health and Care Wales (DHCW) – National Data Resource (NDR) Learning Programme Team, Welsh Government 
  • Collaboration in the Better Outcomes Through Linked Data (BOLD) Programme – Better Outcomes Through Linked Data (BOLD) Team, Ministry of Justice
  • Data First Research and Academic Collaborations – Data First Research and Academic Engagement Team, Ministry of Justice 
  • Future Chargepoint Demand Analysis – Electric Vehicle Analysts, Department for Transport
  • Police collaboration through Digital Crime and Performance Pack – Police Collaboration Team, Cross-Government


Innovative Methods

This award recognises innovative methods or techniques of analysis which led to new insight, answered complex questions, or improved efficiency. 

The shortlisted entries are: 

  • COVID-19 Support Scheme Compliance Estimates – Knowledge, Analysis and Intelligence (KAI) CACE, HM Revenue & Customs
  • Developing Monitoring Data Collection Systems and Visualisation Dashboards – Grants Data Analysis and Reporting Team, Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy
  • Free Trade Agreement Text Analysis Model – Faisal Samin, Fergus Boyd-Jones, Fruzsina Gajdos, Hiren Bhimjiyani, Department for International Trade 
  • Kitchen Life 2 – Social Science Team, Food Standards Agency 
  • Living England: Satellite-based habitat classification – Living England Team, Natural England 
  • Splink – Fast, accurate and scalable record linkage in Python – Data Linking, Ministry of Justice 
  • Tracking the price of the lowest-cost grocery items – Least Cost Index team, Office for National Statistics



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 shortlisted entries are: 

  • Accessible interactive visualisations on Ofqual Analytics – Data and Analytics, Ofqual 
  • COVID-19 Latest Insights Tool – Surveillance of Health and Life Events and Digital Content teams, Office for National Statistics 
  • Creating a culture of feedback to improve data informed policymaking – Python Visualisations Team, Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities 
  • Visualising the impact of rail disruption using open timetable data – Data Science Campus Levelling Up Squad, Office for National Statistics
  • Visualisation of Road Fuel Stocks during a crisis – Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Emergency Response Team, Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy 
  • ‘Who lives in Scotland?’ documentary – Demographic Statistics and Vital Events, National Records of Scotland (Scottish Government) 



This award recognises outstanding analysis which has been impactful through use, influenced decision-making or contributed to public debate. 

The shortlisted entries are: 

  • An evidence-based approach to tackling child poverty in Scotland – Poverty Analysis, Scottish Government 
  • Cost of living analysis – Income Analysis Team, Department for Work & Pensions 
  • COVID-19 Support Scheme Compliance Estimates – CACE COVID Compliance team, HM Revenue & Customs 
  • Developing new short-term international demand estimates – Aviation, Maritime and Borders Analysis team, Department for Transport 
  • First women’s health strategy – delivering the evidence – Women’s health analysis team, Department of Health & Social Care 
  • Ofsted Education Recovery Series – Ofsted Research and Evaluation, Ofsted 
  • Reducing consumer bills during an energy crisis – Strategic Energy and Climate Analysis, Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy 



This award recognises an outstanding contribution in making the Analysis Function a more inclusive function, reflective of the citizens we serve. 

The shortlisted entries are: 

  • Analysis Function Diversity and Inclusion (AF D&I) create working group: inclusion toolkits for the Analysis Function – multiple cross government departments managed by the AF create working group
  • DWP Analytical Community Diversity and Inclusion week 2021 – Analytical Community Diversity and Inclusion Group, Department for Work & Pensions 
  • Government Economic Service (GES) Apprenticeship – Government Economics Social Research (GESR) Ops Team, HM Treasury 
  • Lead for PRISM Employee Support Network – Lynn O’Donnell, Ministry of Defence 
  • Paving the way for accessible data science training in the public sector – Jake Marshall and Richard Leyshon, Office for National Statistics 
  • Professional Development Conference 2022 – Statistics and Evaluation Professions, Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office 


When will the winners be announced?

These shortlisted nominations are being considered by our expert judging panel who will decide on two highly commended nominations, one runner-up and one winner in each of the six categories.  

All of our marvellous winners will be announced during ‘Awards day’ in the New Year. Awards day is our chance to inform our brilliant winners of their awards and recognise the excellence in analysis presented by our winning teams and individuals.  

Awards day will be followed by our prestigious ‘Celebration Day’ in February 2023. We will celebrate each of our winners by sharing their stories, describing what lead to their success of this achievement. There will also be the opportunity to vote for your favourite in the People’s Choice Award. 

Keep checking the AF website for more announcements very soon! 


Hear from previous winners

Analysis in Government Award winners 2021 article 

Collaboration Award 2020 COVID-19 infection survey YouTube video 

Collaboration Award 2020 SPLINK YouTube video