News : Feedback from Integrated Data Service (IDS) users informs project accreditation process
Bringing projects into the Integrated Data Service (IDS) is central to the success of the platform. The process for project accreditation needs to be secure, transparent, and meet ; but importantly meet user needs. As part of the accreditation process it means that before data can be shared for research purposes, it must be processed by an accredited processor so that the data are "de-identified".
Following this, the Research Accreditation Panel (RAP) approved that the ONS pilot a new IDS project accreditation application form for use in the Researcher Accreditation Service (RAS) system.
This new form improves the user experience in some of the following ways:
- where possible, changing free-text fields to checkboxes and picklists
- before submission it provides validation to minimise data entry mistakes
- sending automated emails to users at important milestones in the application process
Valuable user feedback was gathered throughout the second half of 2023. We recognise that collating further opinions from data owners, researchers, and analysts will be needed to ensure that the new form will meets everyone’s needs.
To allow for this, the RAP has approved an extension to the pilot for a further six months.
We would like to thank everyone who has already shared their experience with the project accreditation process, and to those who intend to do so in the future. This feedback will positively influence the quality of information that comes out of the IDS and decisions being made that will affect UK citizens.