Following extensive consultation, the United Kingdom Statistics Authority (UKSA) published a Standard for the Quality Assurance of Administrative Data for Official Statistics on 29 January 2015. 

It sets out the principles the UKSA will deploy as it forms its judgments about whether Official Statistics merit the National Statistics status, which indicates that the statistics are trustworthy and meet the highest standards of quality and value. 

Quality assurance of administrative data is more than simply checking that the figures add up.  It covers the entire statistical production process and involves monitoring data quality over time and reporting on variations in that quality.

The Quality Assurance (QA) Matrix in this document helps the assessors and producers to determine the types of assurance and documentation required to inform users about the quality assurance arrangements for administrative data. 

It guides the judgment about the suitability of the data and identifies examples of practices that meet the appropriate level of assurance.

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Last updated: 21 March 2024
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