Working in partnership to achieve the strategic vision of being first for trusted statistics

Office of National Statistics

Delivering strategically important projects as and when required.

Challenge summary

During 2009/10 ONS began a four-year change journey to become ‘first for trusted statistics’. This aims to make strategic improvements to skills, delivery, quality, innovation and value for money. In transforming its ways of working and delivery approaches, ONS undertakes individual change projects requiring IT resource on an ad hoc basis. The on-going challenge facing ONS is how to manage the
resourcing levels when the scale, scope and timing of these projects are so variable.


Having provided ONS with application development and project management support since 2004 through various contracts that were won through fair and open competitions. Sopra Steria was seen as a safe pair of hands for the delivery of this project on a fixed price basis. Working across time zones, we closely collaborated with Space Time Research, who supplies the SuperSTAR product set. This partnership provided ONS with software enhancements to deliver metadata functionality and output data in a format to disseminate via the ONS web sites. The solution helps ONS to aggregate the information gathered in the 2011 census that can be published in the future. The availability of census data will enable local authorities and government to make informed spending decisions regarding areas such as health provision, housing and travel.

Client view

“Sopra Steria has added an extra dimension; demonstrating a willingness to participate and be involved.” Ian Shopland, Deputy Director Information Management Delivery