External Methodology Assurance Panels (EMAPs)

External Methodology Assurance Panels (EMAPs)

A short-life working group of external subject matter experts and academics who review the statistical methodology after internal peer review and provide advice on whether proposed methodology is fit for purpose.

External Methodology Assurance Panels (EMAPs) is a short-life advisory working group comprising subject matter experts and academics to support and facilitate the independent peer review of the proposed statistical methodology for Scotland’s Census 2022. This will support the work outlined in the Statistical Quality Assurance Strategy, published December 2019, and help to support our obligations as producers of National Statistics under the UKSA National Statistics Accreditation process.

When NRS receives the 2022 census data from our supplier the data is passed through many processes which code, clean, adjust and quality assure the data. For each of these steps there is an in-depth statistical methodology designed to set out how each process will be completed. It is this statistical methodology which needs to be peer-reviewed by independent subject matter experts to ensure our approach is fit for purpose to produce high quality outputs at the end of the data journey.

EMAPs meet monthly between May and October 2020, to review the proposed statistical methodology for Scotland’s Census. The group is chaired by one of the external panel members ensuring a fully independent peer review process.

Panel Members

Name

Status

Organisation

Alan Marshall

Chair

University of Edinburgh

Katherine Keenan

Deputy Chair/Member

University of St Andrews

Chris Martin

Member

Ipsos Mori

Genevieve Cezard

Member

Centre for Population Change

Lisa Rutherford

Member

ScotCen

Federico Andreis

Member

University of Stirling

Lee Williamson

Member

Scottish Longitudinal Study

Panel members review and explore each proposed methodology through a discussion facilitated by the panel chair and are asked to reach a consensus on whether the proposed methodology is fit for purpose. A summary report, along with the methodology papers presented for review at EMAPs will be published below following each panel session.

Due to COVID-19 working arrangements the EMAPs group sessions to date have been held online.

EMAPs schedule and publication dates

Panel

Date

Papers reviewed

Summary report

1

Wednesday 27 May 2020

PSR001: Summary Report of the findings of EMAP Session 1 – Wednesday 27 May 2020

2

Tuesday 23 June 2020

PSR002: Summary Report of the findings of EMAP Session 2 – Tuesday 23 June 2020

3

Wednesday 29 July 2020

4

Wednesday 26 August 2020

  • PMP010: Census to Census Coverage Survey (CCS) linking
  • PMP011: Remove False Persons (RFP)

    *All papers will be published as soon as possible

5

Wednesday 23 September 2020

  • PMP013: Edit and Imputation Methodology
  • PMP014: Missing and Different Dates of Birth
  • PMP015: Resolve Multiple Responses

    1. proposed papers – subject to change

    2. All papers will be published as soon as possible

6

Thursday 29 October 2020

  • PMP016: Estimation - Household Bias Adjustment
  • PMP017: Census to census linking for estimating overcoverage
  • PMP018: Statistical Disclosure Control swapping and cell key methodology

    1. proposed papers – subject to change

    2. All papers will be pubished as soon as possible