Department for Culture Media and Sport
On 1 March 2012 the UK Statistics Authority published its assessment of DCMS as a producer of Official Statistics. The Authority assesses DCMS against the Code of Practice for Official Statistics.
You can view the assessment report on the UK Statistics Authority website (PDF, 76kb). The main focus of the report is on the Taking Part survey, but the Authority also comments more widely on DCMS as a producer of Official Statistics.
The Taking Part Survey currently complies with the Code of Practice for Official Statistics including maintaining integrity, impartiality, quality and good user engagement as well as following correct publication procedures.
We are pleased that the Taking Part survey has retained 'National Statistics' status following this assessment, subject to implementation of the recommendations outlined in the report.
The assessment highlights examples of current good practice by DCMS and also indicates a number of areas for improvement and for tightening up procedures.
We welcome the assessment, and we are developing an implementation plan in collaboration with stakeholders to take forward its recommendations.
On 12th February 2013 the Board of the Statistics Authority passed DCMS as a producer of National Statistics and has confirmed the designation of Taking Part outputs as National Statistics.
This was the first time that DCMS’ statistics had been assessed and the statistical team has run a dedicated programme of substantial improvements over the last year to meet the requirements of the assessment.
We are extremely pleased that the Taking Part survey has retained National Statistics status and that DCMS is considered a trusted producer of National Statistics.