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

Surveys

  • RSDA - Communications Survey

    As mentioned at our last Divisional meeting, we would like to better understand your opinion on communication across RSDA. This is a great opportunity to hear all your voices and identify methods to combat the communication issue, if there is indeed one. Please be as honest... More

    Closes 27 September 2019

  • Adding more detail to the Standard Occupational Classification

    The Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) is a recognised framework that enables all UK occupations to be classified according to skill level and specialisation. SOC is essential in the creation of occupational statistics which, in turn, are used to inform policy and the public. There are... More

    Closes 30 September 2019

All Formal Consultations and Surveys

  • RSDA - Communications Survey

    As mentioned at our last Divisional meeting, we would like to better understand your opinion on communication across RSDA. This is a great opportunity to hear all your voices and identify methods to combat the communication issue, if there is indeed one. Please be as honest... More

    Closes 27 September 2019

  • Adding more detail to the Standard Occupational Classification

    The Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) is a recognised framework that enables all UK occupations to be classified according to skill level and specialisation. SOC is essential in the creation of occupational statistics which, in turn, are used to inform policy and the public. There are... More

    Closes 30 September 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

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

We Asked

We invited views on our initial proposed design of 2021 Census outputs and the dissemination channels for England and Wales.

The consultation covered all aspects of 2021 Census outputs. This included our plans for a flexible dissemination system to access the majority of census data, and the approach for statistical disclosure control for 2021 Census outputs. We also informed users of our plans for specialist products (including microdata and origin-destination products), geography and the use of administrative data to improve and supplement outputs.

We consulted with users to:

  • obtain feedback on our proposed design and method of dissemination for 2021 Census data
  • help us prioritise our future research and development of 2021 Census outputs
  • inform the order in which we release our products after 2021 Census
  • understand user requirements for a variety of census products

Gofynnon ni

Gwnaethom wahodd barn ar ein cynllun arfaethedig cychwynnol ar gyfer allbynnau Cyfrifiad 2021 a'r sianeli lledaenu ar gyfer Cymru a Lloegr.

Roedd yr ymgynghoriad yn cwmpasu pob agwedd ar allbynnau Cyfrifiad 2021, gan gynnwys ein cynlluniau ar gyfer system ledaenu hyblyg i gael gafael ar y mwyafrif o ddata'r cyfrifiad, a'r dull rheoli datgelu ystadegol ar gyfer allbynnau Cyfrifiad 2021. Gwnaethom hefyd roi gwybod i ddefnyddwyr am ein cynlluniau ar gyfer cynhyrchion arbenigol (gan gynnwys microdata a chynhyrchion tarddiad-cyrchfan), daearyddiaeth a defnyddio data gweinyddol i wella allbynnau a'u hategu.

Gwnaethom ymgynghori â defnyddwyr er mwyn:

  • cael adborth ar ein cynllun a'n dull lledaenu arfaethedig ar gyfer data Cyfrifiad 2021
  • ein helpu i flaenoriaethu ein hymchwil a'n gwaith o ddatblygu allbynnau Cyfrifiad 2021 yn y dyfodol
  • pennu ym mha drefn y byddwn yn rhyddhau ein cynhyrchion ar ôl Cyfrifiad 2021
  • deall gofynion defnyddwyr ar gyfer amrywiaeth o gynhyrchion y cyfrifiad

You Said

We received 196 responses to the consultation, with more than half of these from local authorities.

Overall, users agreed with our proposed output content and approach for disseminating 2021 Census data.

Users told us:

  • they support our strategy to disseminate census data using a flexible dissemination system, and the associated statistical disclosure control approach
  • there is a need to obtain census data from a single point of access and have an option for downloading large volumes of data through an Application Programming Interface (API)
  • there is a clear need for receiving data about income derived from administrative data sources, especially at lower geographies to help users with analysis and service delivery
  • there is an overwhelming need for timely and accessible origin-destination data

Dywedoch Chi

Cawsom 196 o ymatebion i'r ymgynghoriad, gyda mwy na hanner oddi wrth awdurdodau lleol.

Ar y cyfan, roedd defnyddwyr yn cytuno â'n cynnwys allbynnau arfaethedig, ynghyd â'n dull o ledaenu data Cyfrifiad 2021.

Dywedodd defnyddwyr y canlynol wrthym:

  • maent yn cefnogi ein strategaeth i ledaenu data'r cyfrifiad gan ddefnyddio system ledaenu hyblyg a'r dull cysylltiedig o reoli datgelu ystadegol
  • mae angen cael data'r cyfrifiad o un pwynt mynediad a gallu lawrlwytho symiau mawr o ddata drwy Ryngwyneb Rhaglennu Cymwysiadau (API)
  • mae angen clir i gael data ar incwm sy'n deillio o ffynonellau data gweinyddol, yn enwedig ar lefelau daearyddol isel er mwyn helpu defnyddwyr i ddadansoddi a darparu gwasanaethau
  • mae angen sylweddol am ddata tarddiad-cyrchfan amserol a hygyrch

We Did

We intend to:

  • continue to develop the products we outlined in the consultation
  • adopt the flexible dissemination system for census outputs and utilise its benefits beyond census and for other datasets
  • aim for a fully functioning flexible dissemination system to be available before census day to allow user familiarisation with the interface
  • continue to develop the statistical disclosure control methods and seek external assurance of our methods
  • continue to closely engage with users throughout the duration of the design and dissemination of outputs

Gwnelon ni

Rydym yn bwriadu gwneud y canlynol:

  • parhau i ddatblygu'r cynhyrchion a amlinellwyd yn ein hymgynghoriad
  • mabwysiadu'r system ledaenu hyblyg ar gyfer allbynnau'r cyfrifiad a manteisio arni y tu hwnt i'r cyfrifiad ac ar gyfer setiau data eraill
  • anelu at gyflwyno system ledaenu hyblyg gwbl weithredol a fydd ar gael cyn diwrnod y cyfrifiad er mwyn galluogi defnyddwyr i ymgyfarwyddo â'r rhyngwyneb
  • parhau i ddatblygu'r dulliau rheoli datgelu ystadegol a cheisio sicrwydd allanol ynghylch ein dulliau
  • parhau i weithio'n agos gyda defnyddwyr drwy gydol y gwaith o gynllunio a lledaenu allbynnau