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Newsletters - APS Stats Network - Record of Meeting - 27 August 2002

Record of Stats Network meeting, Tuesday 27 August 2002

Venue: Tjakamarra Room, Dept of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts, 38 Sydney Avenue, Forrest.

Darren Benham, DCITA
Geoff Neideck, ABS/FaCS
Andrew Coghlan, FaCS
Cheryl Trussler, DIMIA
Neil Mullenger, DIMIA
David Ward, DIMIA
Sue Salloom, Customs
Duncan Daluwatta, Customs
Chris Raymond, HIC
Peter Thomson, HIC
Mary Patton, ABS/DITR
Mark Allenby, Health
Carolyn Fredericks, Health
Geoff Barnett, Health
Andrew Webster, ABS/ATSIC
Jeff Carlton, ABS

Mark Patton, ABS
Rob Martyn, ABS
Michael Meagher, ABS

Gary Sutton, Health
Sally Goodspeed, ABS/Health
Sue Sutton, FaCS
Ian McDermid, Customs
Geoff Armitage, ABARE


Getting value for money from commissioned research

Darren Benham gave a presentation based on his experience, with input from several consultants who have worked with APS agencies, which concentrated on the two main areas which have to be done well; drafting the brief and assessing the consultant's report. His presentation slides and notes are attached:

Writing a Good Research Proposall.doc

Discussion following his presentation covered some related issues such as policy relevance, statistical rigour (questionnaire design and sampling issues); The need to prepare briefs with a suitable level of detail and clarity; The use of consultants can be problematic when there is a small pool to choose from, and using consultants to assist in preparing a brief can serve to add another layer of bamboozlement.

Contact with other stats networks

Darren suggested there could be benefits to our network by exchanging information with similar networks operating around the country, such as the Statistical Liaison Officers meetings in Queensland, chaired by the Office of Economic and Social Research.

Jeff Carlton offered to contact ABS regional offices to establish whether there are any other networks operating with similar aims.

General business:
    • venue for next meeting: Peter Thompson offered to host, hopefully at the new HIC accommodation in Griffith, on 30 October.
    • The Christmas function has been booked for 4 December, at ABS House.
    • Rob called for suggestions as to any topics for future meetings.

The meeting concluded at 11.50 am.

Mark Patton

Stats Network Co-ordination

Commonwealth of Australia 2008

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