Thursday, August 12, 2010

"Management information" versus statistics

There is a very interesting story on the Straight Statistics web page about the difference between "management information" and official statistics. It follows a spat between Francis Maude, Minister for the Cabinet Office, and Sir Michael Scholar, chair of the UK Statistics Authority, over measures of the number of people on the public sector payroll. Both men agree that there is a difference between "management information" and official statistics, but have different views on what practical implications this has.

The Straight Statistics blogger thinks that this issue might come up again in relation to the kind of information that we usually rely on the Census for.


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