1504.0 - Methodological News, Sep 2013  
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 25/09/2013   
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Flagship Projects 2013-14

Methodology and Data Management Division (MDMD) have introduced "Flagship Projects" which are research projects or projects of corporate significance. These projects will position MDMD to deliver corporate outcomes and advance ABS goals, build capability and will have a high likelihood of success with support by statistical areas.

In the near term, the ABS strategic goals relevant to the flagship projects are to create new and better official statistics, improve the efficiency of statistical production and support Census 2016.

Whilst the purpose of the Flagship Projects is important, so too is the research and significant projects included in them! The division makes a significant contribution to the operation and intellectual standing of the ABS - and that is reflected in the list of projects below.

1. Census 2016 (Mark Zhang)

2. Small Domain Estimation (Alistair Rogers)

3. Household Survey Futures (Ross Watmuff)

4. Methodological support to Strategic Review of Economic and Environmental Collections (Justin Farrow)

5. Statistical Quality Control (Mark Zhang) & Risk Mitigation (Justin Farrow)

6. Data Integration, Access and Confidentiality (Phil Gould)

7. Methods for Social, Economic, Environmental and Demographic Analysis (Ruel Abello)

8. Data Visualisation (Phil Carruthers)

9. Methodology Architecture (Bill Gross)

10. Statistical Metadata (Juliet Fallace, Chris Hinchcliffe)

11. Responsive Design (Mark Zhang)

12. Statistical Methods refresh (Alistair Rogers)

13. Collection Methodology in an ABS2017 world (Jo Edwards)

14. Optimum allocation of collection resources to economic statistics (Justin Farrow)

15. International Collaboration (Siu-Ming Tam)

16. Statistical and leadership Capability (Chris Duffy)

17. Big Data (Ric Clarke)

The flagship projects will be managed with a minimal amount of administration by a governance board chaired by the Chief Methodologist. The board's role will be to ensure the projects are aligned with business needs, are tracking to plan, and in particular if the project is not achieving the expected benefits then stopping the project so resources can be allocated to a new project. In coming months we will provide articles on various flagship projects.

Further Information
For more information on the flagship projects, please contact the relevant person above (via the ABS switchboard) or Carolyn Cruden (02 6252 7779, carolyn.cruden@abs.gov.au)