The Alliance and the Royal Statistical Society getstats programme hosted a lunchtime seminar for MPs and their researchers on where to go for the latest, most accurate evidence.
Whether the issue is joblessness, new businesses opening, migration, school enrolments, or admissions to A&E - where do MPs and their staff go for the latest, most accurate evidence?
Is the data broken down by constituency or do you have to work with figures relating to council areas or even regions? Who's guaranteeing that the data is accurate?
Parliament itself will soon be debating the future of the ten-yearly census. How up-to-date is the census data? Could it be more useful? Do we make enough use of the information generated by the NHS, councils or the government itself?
Constituency level data is often patchy. It's not always presented in user-friendly ways using the latest visualisation techniques.
This lunchtime seminar aimed to answer these questions and provide practical information to MPs and their researchers on where to find the most up-to-date evidence & statistics on their constituencies.
Tuesday 2nd of July 2013 12:30pm - 2:00pm
Attlee Suite, Portcullis House
- Mark Easton, Home Editor, BBC News
- Bernard Jenkin MP, Chair of the Public Administration Select Committee
- Danny Dorling, Professor of Human Geography, University of Sheffield
- Aleks Collingwood, Programme Manager, Joseph Rowntree Foundation
- Richard Cracknell, Head of Social Statistics, House of Commons Library
- Ross Young, UK Statistics Authority