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The History of RAP

Pre-RAP - The promotion of open code


A number of govt articles from this time promote open code, and what should and should not be published:

Matt Upson wrote the original blog post on RAP (he has since regretted calling it 'RAP') and helped develop 'the first RAP'

Matt Upson and Matt Gregory: Transforming the process of producing official statistics

Ed Humpherson, Director General at OSR writes a blog about the first Ministry of Justice RAP, which took inspiration from the eesectors RAP exemplar.

Early history of RAP


The Government Digital Service (GDS) Data Science team continued to develop RAP (@matthewgregory_gds, @duncangarmonsway_gds et al.) prior to it moving across to the ONS/Analytical Function. Matt Gregory put together the original RAP companion and even a "Massive Open Online Course" (MOOC).

Flourishing of blog posts in 2020s, e.g. Rappers Delight
Coding in analysis and research survey (on RAP)

Alex Newton (an incredibly passionate advocate for RAP, and Head of Reproducibility within ONS) publishes an article reflecting on the survey above and the benefits of RAP

RAP Squad (the team running this site!) founded in 2021 within NHS Digital - Connor Quinn and Helen Richardson

Office for Stats Regulation (OSR) publishes review endorsing RAP

RAP goes mainstream:


Starting to formalise and bring together under central government (Govt Analysis function RAP page)

ONS publishes their RAP implementation plan, followed by other departments
The Health RAP Playbook (Alpha) is launched

Last update: July 19, 2024
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