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Presentation at the Royal Statistical Society's International Conference, Newcastle, September 2013.
A Framework Understating Statistical Performance
This paper presents a framework for understanding, managing and presenting statistical performance data. It provides a manageable, but multidimensional way of organising a range of possible analysis and assessment to provide a rounded and balanced picture for effective understanding and communication.
This is founded on a broad scope of assessment, based around three key analytical elements: trend, benchmark and target. That is the first multidimensional perspective. Each of those three key elements are then further disaggregated in a range of appropriate ways to provide a second, more disaggregate, multidimensional analytical assessment. There is then a third more tailored and specific multidimensional disaggregation to provide additional detailed statistical insight.
This draws on practical application of this framework in a range of sectors including health, policing and education, and across the public sector spectrum including Central Government, regulation and local service delivery, and in both strategic and operational environments.
This provides an overall framework to manage the communication and understanding of statistical performance, and focussed on public data. It provides a framework to build a balanced communication of statistical analysis and messages, and at the same time it provides the user and recipient of statistics and statistical analysis with a framework to both understand and question the scope and content of statistical communication.