2901.0 - Census Dictionary, 2006 (Reissue)  
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For the 2006 Census, data quality information will be available with the Census data as they are released, through links on the Census Web pages. These pages will allow the data quality information to be printed or downloaded along with the data.

Data quality statements

When Census data are released, each variable will be linked to the corresponding entries in the 2006 Census Dictionary. Data quality statements will also include the non-response rate for each Census variable and a brief outline of any known data quality problems. If there are no problems then the statement will read 'This variable is fit for purpose'. Where a quality problem is investigated in a Census quality report (see below), reference to this will be made in the statement.

Census quality reports

For Census data quality issues that require further investigation and analysis, a Census quality report will be prepared. Each report will describe the issue, an outline of the investigation, findings and recommendations. Some of these reports may be available at the same time as data release, and others a short time later. These reports may provide information about one Census variable, a group of related variables or a process that is of interest to users.

Census reference papers

Aspects of Census operations that are not necessarily linked to a variable, or particular topics or issues that emerge from user interest will be made available through a Census quality report. These papers describe Census procedures or set out strategies to improve such processes, or they may consist of an evaluation of Census processes. While the main objectives of these papers may be for internal purposes, i.e. to improve the efficiency or effectiveness of Census procedures, they may provide useful contextual information to users. Examples of reference papers are:

  • Special enumeration strategy papers
  • Census undercount paper.

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