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ABS Policy on Statistical Integration

ABS Policy on Statistical Integration

Objectives

1 Statistical integration provides the basis for relatable data. It may be viewed in terms of three related components:

a) rationalisation, standardisation and integration of concepts (statistical units, data item definitions, classifications), and data inputs (questions, forms);

b) rationalisation, standardisation and integration of collection procedures (sample design, collection, processing, estimation, tabulation and dissemination);

c) confrontation, analysis, rationalisation and physical integration of data outputs.

2 The objectives of this policy are to ensure that statistical integration initiatives occur, fully exploiting the definitional, procedural, operational and dataset metadata contained in the corporate repositories.

ABS Policy

3 The ABS will advance statistical integration by conducting an ongoing program of reviews of statistical units, data item definitions and classifications, resulting in recommendations and directives for standardisation.

4 The ABS will conduct an ongoing program of reviews of sample design, collection, processing and dissemination procedures, resulting in recommendations and directives for adoption of best practices.

5 The ABS will conduct an ongoing program of reviews of data outputs, resulting in recommendations and directives for improving data relatability.

Implementation Notes and Responsibilities

6 Organisation of reviews of statistical units, data item definitions and classifications, and development of recommendations and directives for standardisation will be the responsibility of the Standards areas.

7 Organisation of reviews of sample design, collection, and processing procedures, and development of recommendations and directives for adoption of best practices will be the responsibility of the Statistical Services area.

8 Organisation of reviews of data outputs and development of recommendations and directives for improving data relatability will be the responsibility of Subject Matter areas.

9 These ongoing review programs will be co-ordinated with one another and with any other corporate reviews of a similar nature.


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