Publishing on the Analysis Function website
What this website is for
The Analysis Function (AF) website is here to support the AF community.
It is a place to publicise vacancies, events, blogs and news items that may be of interest to people who work in analysis. It is also somewhere to publish guidance to help analysts looking for advice. Finally, it is here to help analysts looking for learning and development opportunities and careers advice.
How to make a request
Small pieces of content: news articles, blog posts, vacancies, events and minor edits
Use our submission forms.
If you have any problems filling in these forms, please email Analysis.Function@ons.gov.uk.
Please see our checklist for publishing on the AF website to make sure your content meets accessibility standards and follows our style guide.
Large pieces of content: new webpages and major edits
Please email Analysis.Function@ons.gov.uk.
- a brief outline of what you want to create
- a publication date (a rough idea will do)
- a draft (if you have one)
- contact details for the best person to speak to about this content
- an idea of where you will want this to live on the website
- information on any other content that will need to be archived when this content is published (if relevant)
Requests for new guidance or amendments to guidance
There is now a process to follow if you would like to publish new guidance or make amendments to existing guidance on the Analysis Function website. This involves submitting requests to the Analysis Function Steering Group (AFSSG) for review before it can be published. This process applies to all guidance which has relevance across multiple departments or professions.
Please find out more information on the requests for new guidance or amendments to guidance page. The application form to submit requests to the AFSSG can be found on this page.
How long we need to deal with requests
We aim to deal with requests for blog posts, vacancies, events, news items and training courses within five working days (although we are normally much faster than that).
We will need longer to deal with requests for larger pieces of content such as new webpages or new guidance hub items.
If you want a new webpage or guidance hub item please involve us when you start drafting your content so we can help you.
Moving away from publishing documents
Reasons for moving away from publishing documents (PDF, Word, Excel):
- They are not best practice in terms of accessibility.
- Search engines cannot look inside these formats meaning content is harder to find.
- Documents are harder to keep up to date than webpages because the editing process takes longer and the editable copy of the document often gets lost.
- Search engines sometimes take users directly to documents, but when this happens the user will often not be able to find out where on a website that document lives, this means it is difficult for users to tell if a document is out of date.
There will still be some occasions when we will allow documents, but we will have to discuss this with you when you make a request.
Read more about why website content should be published in HTML and not PDF.
Guidance on creating content
Content published on the AF website must meet the legal accessibility standards and follow our style guide.
We have created a checklist for publishing on the AF website to help with this.
If you submit content that does not meet the legal accessibility standards or does not follow our style guide, it may result in a delay in publication.
Need help or want to give feedback?
If you have any issues or queries we are very happy to help, just email Analysis.Function@ons.gov.uk.