Raising Productivity: UK economic statistics review and EBPM

Author: Tatsuro Senga, RIETI Specially Appointed Fellow

In the UK, research evidence is used in policy-making. Therefore, it is commonly understood that creating top-quality statistics that make all this possible is vital. Additionally, researchers in UK universities are encouraged to generate impact, on top of publishing papers in top journals. In fact, the Research Excellence Framework (REF), the assessment framework of the excellence of research in UK universities, emphasises the impact generated by research. The competition for research grants is also often among consortiums comprised of public officials, statistical agencies and researchers.

In this way, EBPM which is becoming firmly established in the UK, is being promoted by the policy-makers, ONS and researchers as part of a three-pronged approach. It is our hope that, in Japan also, further discussions take place on the system for and role of economic statistics, and that EBPM becomes established at an accelerated pace going forward.

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