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The 2001 Census data quality information was released in two main formats, Census Fact Sheets and Census Papers. Census Fact Sheets were brief reports containing non-response rates and other information on data issues as they arose and Census Papers were more in-depth investigations of quality issues and the processing methods used for a range of topics. These were released progressively some time after the release of Census data. The use of the 2001 data quality products has increased significantly with their placement on the ABS web site, however consultation with users about their needs for 2006 Census information indicates improvements can still be made.
Feedback also identified a continuing need for more information on Census operations, particularly on how they affect the quality of Census data. Aspects of Census operations that were of most interest were the:
PROPOSALS FOR THE 2006 CENSUS
As a direct result of this feedback, the Census program will revise previous methods of producing data quality statements covering these areas, and redevelop how they can be better accessed by users. Major aims of the redevelopment are to ensure greater transparency across all aspects of Census data and operations and to utilise Web technology in readily presenting this information in formats that meet differing levels of user need.
2. The next level would be a variable specific quality statement covering - if and where relevant - such things as coding discrepancy rates, processes and edits applied to the data, imputation rates, undercount information, as well as information about comparing Census data to other data sets and outlining the reasons for apparent differences. Some of these reports may be available at the same time as data release and others, depending on the nature of investigatory work required, a short time later.
3. Aspects of Census operations that are not necessarily linked to any particular variable, or particular topics or issues identified by user interest, would also be made available through the dissemination Web pages. These may include enumeration strategies, the quality management strategy, editing strategy, imputation methodology, and reports on automatic processing performance and other technology used in the program.
At all levels, the Web links should provide greater accessibility to users, as well as increasing awareness of the availability of the information.