INFORMATION DEVELOPMENT PLANS
All areas of the ABS are working on information development plans (IDPs) for their fields of statistics. Each plan will identify key policy issues and debates, and review the availability of data required to inform those issues and debates. In consultation with key stakeholders the plan will then provide recommendations to improve the quality, coverage and use of relevant data. A primary aim of the plan is to maximise the use, and ensure the quality of, current data no matter what the source, thereby minimising the need for additional collection of information. An initial plan may take 12 to 24 months to develop.
NCCRS has begun work on a Heritage and the Arts IDP, in consultation with the government departments and agencies represented on the Cultural Ministers Council Statistics Working Group (CMC SWG). In due course, work will also commence on a Sports and Physical Recreation IDP, in consultation with the government departments and agencies represented on the Recreation and Sport Industry Statistics Group. Some background research has already being undertaken, as a matter of course, for many areas of NCCRS statistical activity, and this will provide a sound basis for our work on these Information Development Plans.