We are scrupulous about the accuracy of all the research we commission.
Our surveys are contracted out to experienced market researchers with, for example, Ipsos Mori currently handling the Active Lives Surveys – we also work closely with specialist research bodies and academies.
As an organisation we collect two types of ‘official statistics’, as defined by the Statistics and Registration Act, 2007.
Our Active Lives surveys measure participation, sports spectating and volunteering, while we also produce figures on the number of statutory planning applications that affect playing fields.
The 2007 Act emphasises the importance of official statistics to society and seeks to improve public trust in government statistics.
We are required to comply with the UK Statistics Authority’s Code of Practice, which governs the production and publication of official statistics, as they need to be carefully managed to ensure fairness and transparency.
Scheduled release dates are outlined in our research calendar.