The Office for National Statistics (ONS) Centres focus on areas of significant policy interest to produce new analysis and insights which are often cross-cutting and in partnership with other government departments, academics and external bodies. The centres undertake a wide range of work to fill crucial evidence gaps by utilising new sources of data; adopting the latest tools and approaches; and, work in collaboration with others.

The centres go further than developing or producing statistics. They make full use of ONS' ability to bring data together by adding further supplementary analyses and evidence.

The five ONS centres are:

The centres are hubs working to inform the public and meet the needs of policy makers on the topical questions of the day and to set the agenda for future debate.

Read about the latest work of the centres in the Public Policy Analysis Quarterly Review on the National Statistical blog.


The centres work in collaboration with other government departments, academics and external bodies such as think tanks or charities to make the most of new and linked data; to adopt innovative approaches both in our analysis and in how we present, publish and disseminate our insights; and, to respond at pace as new issues emerge. The centres also collaborate internationally and with other National Statistical Institutes who have developed expertise in a similar area.