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Types of statistics and research

Statistical outputs

Statistical Services produces a large number of outputs each year.

The outputs produced are:

  • Statistical First Releases are used to publish data for the first time from a new data set
  • Statistical Bulletins are used for subsequent more detailed analysis of a data set already published, either in a Release or by someone else
  • Statistical Articles generally relate to one-off analyses for which there are no updates planned, at least in the short-term.

Official Statistics

Nearly all of our statistical outputs are Official Statistics as defined by the Statistics and Registration Service Act 2007 and are produced according to the principles of the Code of Practice for Official Statistics (external link). Where they are not Official Statistics, the principals of the Code of Practice for Official Statistics are still followed.

National Statistics

National Statistics are Official Statistics which have been certified by UK Statistics Authority as compliant with its Code of Practice.

Visit the UK Statistics Authority website (external link) for more information.

Government Social Research (GSR)

GSR is research which has been conducted in accordance with the GSR code of practice (external link).

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