The 2011-2012 Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) is an international survey coordinated by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). The OECD published international results on 8 October 2013 in a comprehensive International Report. Access will be provided free of charge to an online Data Explorer tool with which it will be possible to design and create output in the form of tables only. Security measures will ensure the confidentiality of survey respondents. A Public Use Data File is also provided free of charge, which contains unit record files of participating countries which can be used to perform analysis. These outputs are available from the OECD website at www.oecd.org/site/piaac/. Australian data is included in the Data Explorer but not in the OECD Public Use Data File, however the Basic CURF (International Comparison version) available in this release is in a format that can be used to analyse Australian data in conjunction with the International data available on the OECD Public Use Data File.
The microdata from the Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC) 2011-2012 is available as a Basic CURF on CD-ROM, an Expanded CURF accessible through the Remote Access Data Laboratory (RADL) and a Basic CURF (international comparison version) available via encrypted electronic transfer. The Basic CURF (international comparison version) is in a format which can be easily merged with the OECD Public Use File (PUF). The PUF contains data for all other countries participating in PIAAC.
These products provide proficiency scores (termed plausible values) assessed through exercises completed by respondents in three domains: literacy, numeracy and problem solving in a technology-rich environment. Information on education and training, employment, income and skill use in literacy, numeracy and Information and Communications Technology (ICT) are also included. A detailed list of data items for each CURF is available on the Downloads tab.
The microdata enables users to tabulate, manipulate and analyse data. Steps to confidentialise the dataset are taken to ensure the integrity of data and maintain confidentiality of the respondents. This includes removing any information that might uniquely identify an individual, reducing the level of detail for some items and collapsing some categories.
Approved users can combine information on scores from the domains of literacy, numeracy and problem solving in technology rich environments with educational attainment, labour force status or other demographic data to enable in-depth analysis of skill levels as they relate to education or work outcomes.