1504.0 - Methodological News, Dec 2001  
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In commemoration of the contribution made by Mr Ken Foreman to the ABS over many years, the Australian Statistician agreed to institute an annual award for an officer of the Methodology Division who is performing at a high level, and is showing the potential for substantial further development as a methodologist in the ABS, and the ability to make a significant contribution within the ABS. The award comprises an overseas trip to an international conference or short training course.

The 2001 Ken Foreman Award has been awarded to Ruel Abello of the Analytical Services Branch, in recognition of his outstanding technical ability in modelling and analysis, and his contribution towards challenging analytical projects. In receiving the award, it is proposed that Ruel will attend the 27th General Conference of the International Association for Research in Income and Wealth (IARIW), to be held in Stockholm in August 2002. While in Europe, he also plans to visit a couple of statistical agencies to discuss work-related research issues.

In addition, Craig McLaren received a special commendation for his strong technical ability in survey methodology, and the contribution he has made towards improving the ABS's capability in time series analysis.

Previous recipients of the award have been:

1996 Robert Clark - Strong technical contribution in his work as demonstrated in the Labour Force Survey redesign.

1997 Steven Kennedy - Demonstration of good technical knowledge and skills, as well as the willingness to further develop his skills through formal study, and in the course of his work. Part of a team responsible for undertaking a significant part of the productivity analysis project. Has represented the ABS and its methodological interests and helped build some useful networks with others who were conducting research in the area.

1998 Dina Neiger - Contribution to developing the methodology for business collections, particularly through the review of the sample and frame maintenance procedures (SFMP).

1999 Richard McKenzie - Strong contribution to the development of the methods used in the Labour Cost Index and playing a lead role in the development and implementation of a novel 'rotating panel' method of selecting the sample for the Labour Cost Index. Has also worked on significance editing and significance follow up.

2000 Kristen Northwood - Her major contributions have been on the longitudinal analysis of the Growth and Performance Survey, the creation of experimental output measures for the Justice sector and her work to date on extending and refining estimates of Australian household wealth.

For further information on the Ken Foreman Award please contact Bill Allen on (02) 6252 6302.

E-mail: bill.allen@abs.gov.au