Analysis in Government Awards 2020

Teams across the Analysis Function are nominated for five award categories

Thank you to everyone who has submitted a nomination for the Analysis In Government Awards. We have received well over 100 nominations; an indication of just how important government analysis has been this year.

There are five separate awards which will be presented to teams from across the Analysis Function and you can find the shortlisted entries under each category.

The shortlisted entries


This award recognises great working between teams, departments, other professions and/or external organisations or researchers to deliver a piece of analysis or analytical project.

The shortlisted entries are:

  • COVID-19 Infection Survey - COVID-19 Infection Survey Team (Office for National Statistics)

  • Excess mortality in England - Population Health Analysis/Public Health Data Science (Public Health England)

  • COVID-19 international trends - International Comparators Joint Unit Data Team (International Comparators Joint Unit)

  • Collaboration in preparation of the Welsh Index of Multiple Deprivation (WIMD) 2019 – WIMD team (Welsh Government)


This award recognises innovation in methods of analysis. The shortlisted entries are:

  • Splink: Probabilistic Data Linkage at Scale - Internal Data Linking Team (Data and Analytical Services Directorate)

  • NI Pharmacy Needs Assessment - Pharmacy Analytical Projects Team (Family Practitioner Services Information Unit)

  • How we are teaching machines the difference between shirts and t-shirts - Prices Classifications Project Team (Office for National Statistics)

  • How DWP upgraded its modelling and forecasting methodologies to respond to the Universal Credit forecasting challenge in the time of Covid-19 - Working Age Modelling and Forecasting Division (Department for Work and Pensions)


This award recognises clear and successful presentation and distribution of analysis using methods such as commentary, visualisations, interactive materials and social media. This could include public-facing communication as well as within teams and departments or across professions.

The shortlisted entries are:

  • COVID-19 press data team – Best Practice and Impact (Office for National Statistics)

  • Emergency Care Intensive Support Team Urgent and Emergency Care dashboard - Emergency Care Improvement Support Team (NHS England and NHS Improvement)

  • GAD’s work on McCloud remedy - Public Service Pension Schemes Team (Government Actuary’s Department)

  • COVID-19 Situation Operational Dashboard - Analytical Products team, Product Management, Design and Delivery (NHS England and NHS Improvement)


This award recognises analysis which has had a lot of impact through its use or influenced decision-making and/or has contributed to public debate. The shortlisted entries are:

  • Department of Health COVID-19 dashboard – COVID-19 Statistical Reporting Team (Department of Health Northern Ireland)

  • Statistics on Deaths involving COVID-19 in Scotland - Vital Events Statistics Team (National Records of Scotland)

  • Evaluation Transformation Programme - Implementation Unit (Cabinet Office)

  • Coronavirus (COVID-19) related deaths by ethnic group - Health Analysis and Life Events (Office for National Statistics)

Investment in people

This award recognises achievements in the development of our people and the building of an inclusive culture across the Analysis Function.

The shortlisted entries are:

  • Building the Analytical Community in Manchester - Sarah-Kate O’Grady (Department for Work and Pensions)

  • Happiness Index - Data Services (Ministry of Defence)

  • MoJ EU’s Nationals Network - Maria Angulo (Ministry of Justice)

When will we know the winners?

The Analysis in Government Awards ceremony is being held on 8 December. This event will take place online and a link will be sent out to registered attendees to access the event. To register to the event, please sign up via Eventbrite. We will also be live tweeting the results of the ceremony @gov_analysis using hashtag #AnalysisInGovernmentAwards so get involved!

World-class analysis

The work of the Government Analysis Function, in bringing together all in the analytical profession, has long been essential to inform decision-making and monitor the delivery of the government’s priorities. Every day, our community delivers data, evidence, analysis, research and evaluation, which is vital to make critical decisions. In 2020, our work has never been more important. We have put world-class, innovative analysis in the hands of decision-makers in order to answer government’s most important questions at pace. Please contact for any further information.