Engagement Hub

Welcome to the Office for National Statistics (ONS) Engagement Hub. This site will help you find, share and participate in our consultations. This is your chance to help us produce better statistics for better decisions. 

 
You can find details of consultations held before November 2016 on our website

Formal consultations

  • Indicator Based approach to measuring Human Capital

    ONS is reviewing how we measure human capital in the UK, and we’d like your views on our proposed approach. Human capital is a measure of the skills, knowledge and experience of an individual or population which can be applied in the economy or in society at large. It is widely... More

    Closes 11 November 2019

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  • ONS Research Excellence Award 2019 - Peer Award

    Please choose only ONE of the four innovative research projects to win the ONS Research Excellence Award 2019 - Peer Award. Online votes will be included with those counted at Data Capability 2019, Central Hall Westminster, London. About the ONS Research Excellence Award Each... More

    Closes 15 October 2019

  • Indicator Based approach to measuring Human Capital

    ONS is reviewing how we measure human capital in the UK, and we’d like your views on our proposed approach. Human capital is a measure of the skills, knowledge and experience of an individual or population which can be applied in the economy or in society at large. It is widely... More

    Closes 11 November 2019

We Asked, You Said, We Did

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We Asked

The Office for National Statistics is working in partnership with the Centre for Homelessness Impact (CHI) to create an indicator framework to show progress towards ending homelessness sustainably across the UK. In our consultation, we asked for your views on: 

  1. What we should measure 
  2. How we should present the indicators 

We would like to thank everybody who took the time to respond to our consultation. It is really important to us that we listen to and consider your views in the development of the indicator framework. We want to be confident that we are measuring the right areas relating to homelessness. We are keen to use the full range of data available while ensuring that data are fit for purpose. We also want to make information on homelessness indicators accessible and ensure that the reporting platform meets your needs.

You Said

We received 94 responses to the consultation from a wide variety of respondents representing local and central government, charities, academia, media and business. We also spoke to over 400 stakeholders at the four CHI Impact Forums, held in the 4 nations, in June and July 2019. 

We Did

We have used your responses from the consultation to develop the indicator framework covering a wide array of topics relating to homelessness, ranging from housing supply and employment to connectedness and relationships. The indicator framework will be developed over time; we are currently in the process of refining the data sources for these indicators, and will be reaching out to various stakeholders to gather more views in the next few weeks. We want to ensure the indicator framework is as comprehensive as possible, and where gaps may be identified, outline plans to address these gaps where possible.

A full report containing a list of the indicators and data sources will be published in Autumn 2019 by CHI on the CHI website.

Alongside this, CHI are developing an interactive reporting platform to disseminate these indicators and associated data. CHI designers are creating and user testing the platform, while ONS are producing new data and collating existing data for the platform. CHI plan to launch the platform by the end of 2019.  

We will take onboard your suggestions and feedback as we continue to produce data tables, explore data gaps and our approach to reporting.

We Asked

We asked for people’s views on the proposal to stop publishing several low-level series for both Output and Input Producer Prices (PPI). This is due to changes to our current disclosure policy, which we plan to introduce later this year as part of the new modernised systems we are developing to support the publication of Business Prices statistics.

We provided an annex which contained a list of the indices we proposed to stop publishing, alongside possible “replacement” higher level indices which stakeholders and customers could use.

We also sought additional information on how our statistics are used, particularly our PPI input series.

Finally, we reminded stakeholders and customers that we will stop producing net-based series later in the year.

You Said

We received 8 responses from a variety of organisations, including government departments as well as non-commercial users.

Half of the respondents said they would have an objection to the low-level series being removed from the monthly PPI publication. The responses indicated that the type of indices that stakeholders did not want removed were those which would fall in the category of ‘construction materials and parts’.

Also, half of the respondents said they used the PPI input indices. These indices are used in a range of ways by our stakeholders. The majority of respondents commented on how well the indices fitted their needs.

We Did

Our plans moving forward:

  • We plan to stop publishing 89 out of 112 of the low-level indices that were published in the consultation’s Annex A, where there were no objections from users.
  • We will be contacting organisations we provide supplementary statistics to, including low-level indices, to discuss possible changes. These supplementary statistics include several bespoke datasets in Excel format that are set-up and maintained by the producer price index (PPI) team. The datasets contain a range of indices to customer specification and are delivered by email each month following publication of the figures.
  • We will continue to publish the low-level indices that relate to construction materials.
  • We are planning to implement these changes in early 2020. We will provide further advance notice of the exact timing in our PPI statistical bulletin.

We Asked

We asked for people’s views on our experimental estimates of regional household expenditure for the NUTS1 countries and regions of the UK. This is the first time that regional estimates of household spending have been available for all UK regions in a form that is consistent with the UK National Accounts.

We wanted to confirm that there is demand for these estimates, and gauge what level of geographic breakdown users are interested in. We also looked to identify any concerns people have with our data sources and methods, and to confirm that the variables and level of commodity data provided are suitable for user needs.

You Said

We received 14 responses from a variety of organisations, including local and devolved governments and an academic institution, as well as from individuals.

Overall, respondents were supportive of further development in regional household expenditure estimates. For our experimental data, the responses indicated that the level of commodity detail and the variables presented broadly meet user needs. The majority of respondents were interested in having data at country, NUTS1, and NUTS2 levels, and all were interested in having Local Authority level data. We also received suggestions for potential improvements to data sources and methodology.

We Did

Our plans moving forward:

  • We will publish revised regional household expenditure statistics for the NUTS1 countries and regions of the UK in summer 2019, as experimental statistics
  • While developing this output, we will take into account the feedback obtained in this consultation
  • We will investigate the alternative data sources suggested, along with the potential use of administrative data
  • We will continue to consult with users and other stakeholders as we progress with improvements to our estimates
  • Dependent on the success of the above, we will look to develop further geographic breakdowns starting with NUTS2 data
  • We will not attempt to produce Local Authority level estimates until we have secured data of sufficient quality and coverage to provide reliable estimates at that level