1504.0 - Methodological News, Jun 2014  
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Methodology Design Committee

The committee had been established to better prepare the methodology area for contributing to the ABS transformation program. Its role is to guide methodological developments and approve methodological solutions, ensuring that they are consistent with the Methodology Architecture Design Principles. It will approve the Methodology Statement of Intent and the Methodology Development Plans described below. It is chaired by the Chief Methodologist, with the Senior Executive methodologists and some senior methodologists as members.

The Statement of Intent sets out what methods should support the transformation strategy of industrialised processes in a metadata driven, 'assemble to order' environment for statistical processing systems. It will describe the methods of key processes, where and how they should be improved and standardised. The Methodology Development Plans extend and elaborate the Statement of Intent. They cover all processes and, based on available information:

summarise methods and tools in current use, their performance and diversity

identify any further development needed to achieve the statement of intent

list tools available commercially or from other statistical agencies.

The Statement of Intent and the Methodology Development Plans will guide methodologists as they contribute to the transformation, typically as members of multi-disciplinary teams. The teams will gather and assess user requirements and develop and evaluate solutions for them. Any departures from the Statement of Intent will need approval from the Methodology Design Committee. The Statement of Intent will also serve as a high level view of methods for project leaders on the transformation. Plans are to complete the Statement of Intent in early July and for Methodology Development Plans to be completed progressively.

Further Information
For more information, please contact Bill Gross (02 6252 6302, bill.gross@abs.gov.au)

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