We are testing a new beta website for gov.scot go to new site

Methods and Data Management

Statistics image of graphThe use of sound and appropriate methods in statistical processes are vital to the production of reliable statistics.


Statistical methods should be consistent with scientific principles and internationally recognised best practice, and be fully documented. The Code of Practice for Official Statistics requires that the details of methods adopted should be published (Principle 4, Practice 1).


This sections provides general methods notes and guidance; individual official statistics should be supported by specific guides and technical notes in their topic areas.


We recommend our Methods Glossary for those of you who are interested in how we process our statistics to ensure quality, integrity and security.

Sub Panels


Information on the methods used in the production of official statistics can be found under the individual statistics themes to which they relate, and also in our Methods Glossary.


Key Areas

  • Quality Assurance
  • Disclosure Control
  • Data Security
  • Data Sharing
  • Data Linkage
  • Respondent Burden (surveys)
  • Administrative Data and Management Information
  • SAS Processing


The Office for National Statistics also carries out methodology work which cuts across many statistical themes. This information relates primarily to statistics for England and Wales, but much is applicable to Scottish statistics