Case Study: Expanding MADIP
 

EXPANDING MADIP TO INFORM NEW RESEARCH AND POLICY QUESTIONS

As part of the Multi-Agency Data Integration Project (MADIP), the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) have partnered with several Australian Government agencies to create Australia’s largest long-term people-focused data asset. Using funding from the Data Integration Partnership for Australia, the amount of data available through the MADIP has doubled to more than 10 datasets. More than 260 government and academic users are now drawing on these datasets for a large number of research projects to help inform future government policies and services.

Better government decisions from data links

We all know intuitively that there are strong links between our health, education, and income. But it can be hard for governments to understand these links across the Australian population, to ensure policy and programs are targeted toward the people and communities who need it most.

Recent expansion and improvements to Australia’s largest long-term people-focused dataset—the Multi-Agency Data Integration Project (MADIP), a partnership among Australian Government agencies — let researchers and policy makers analyse more than 10 years of information on health care, education, government payments, and personal income tax. This provides strong evidence to help government develop effective policies to meet the needs of Australians.

With stringent processes in place to protect individuals’ privacy, the MADIP lets authorised researchers look at patterns and trends in the Australian population to create a comprehensive picture of Australia over time. To protect individuals’ privacy, the MADIP never includes names, addresses, dates of birth, or information that is likely to identify a person.

Funding from the Data Integration Partnership for Australia has enabled the MADIP to double to more than 10 enduring datasets, making policy research across portfolios even easier. New data sources are regularly being added, further expanding the number and nature of questions that can be answered by researchers.

With more than 260 government and academic users now authorised to draw on the MADIP datasets, a large number of projects are already under way using the MADIP, including understanding how older Australians use government services, the experiences of people with disability, and the experiences of farmers in drought-declared areas. For more information relating to MADIP data, email dipa@abs.gov.au.

The MADIP is an invaluable asset for Australia, enabling important research and analysis that will help guide policies and services now and into the future. This will help the Australian Government to target policies and services towards people and communities who need it the most, while delivering value for money to the Australian public.