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5216.0.55.002 - Information Paper: Quality Dimensions of the Australian National Accounts, 2007  
Latest ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 31/08/2007  First Issue
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Contents >> Quality frameworks >> Introduction

INTRODUCTION

While it is not possible to have a single measure of quality for the national accounts program, it is possible to gain insight into their quality by analysing each aspect of quality separately and in a systematic fashion and then bringing them together to obtain an overall picture. To facilitate this process it is useful to use a data quality framework. As well as providing an overall picture of quality, such an approach can also be useful in identifying those areas of the statistical program most in need of immediate attention so that an action plan and resource requirements can be identified. Where the same or similar quality assessment frameworks are adopted by statistical agencies in other countries it also facilitates international comparisons and assessments against international best practice. Two such possible frameworks are, the ABS Data Quality Framework and the IMF Data Quality Assessment Framework (DQAF).

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