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Census transformation – research papers

The following research papers have been published as part of the Census Transformation programme.
Census transformation in New Zealand has information about the programme.

Experimental population estimates from linked administrative data: 2017 release (October 2017)
This paper describes a second series of experimental population estimates derived from linked administrative data, including updated national-level estimates, as well as population estimates for subnational areas for the first time.

Comparing income information from census and administrative sources (October 2016)
This paper compares information about ‘total personal income’ and ‘sources of personal income’ from the 2013 Census with experimental estimates produced from the tax sources available in Statistics NZ’s Integrated Data Infrastructure (IDI).

Experimental population estimates from linked administrative data: methods and results (September 2016)
This paper describes the method for producing a series of experimental population estimates for New Zealand by age and sex, derived from linked administrative data in the Integrated Data Infrastructure (IDI).

Comparison of ethnicity information in administrative data and the census (June 2016)
This paper compares ethnicity data from the 2013 Census with the ethnicity information collected by administrative sources currently available in Statistics NZ’s Integrated Data Infrastructure.

Identifying Māori populations using administrative data: A comparison with the census (June 2016)
This paper looks at the potential for administrative sources to provide information requirements for and about Māori that a census must provide, regardless of how the census is conducted in the future.

Identifying the New Zealand resident population in the Integrated Data Infrastructure (IDI) (April 2016)
This paper describes a method for determining who is a resident in New Zealand at a given point in time using the linked administrative data sources held in Statistics New Zealand’s Integrated Data Infrastructure (IDI).

Enduring census information requirements for and about Māori (January 2016)
This paper outlines enduring census information requirements for and about Māori. In particular we wish to distinguish which aspects of census information are absolutely essential to provide, regardless of the approach to obtaining census information.

Quality of geographic information in the Integrated Data Infrastructure (December 2015)
This comparison of the quality of location information in the administrative data sources held in the Integrated Data Infrastructure compared with the geographic information contained in the 2013 Census will provide a better understanding of the quality of location information in government sources.

Comparing education and training information in administrative data sources and census (December 2015)
This paper compares results from the 2013 Census with estimates produced from administrative sources for the education measures ‘highest qualification’ and ‘study participation’.

Quality standards for population statistics: Accuracy requirements for future census models (December 2015)
This paper aims to answer the question: what does ‘fit for purpose’ mean for population statistics now and into the future? We present quality standards for population estimates that represent the needs of key users.

Coverage assessment in an administrative census: A progress report on issues and methods (September 2014)
This paper reports on preliminary investigation into issues and methods for coverage assessment, if Statistics NZ moves to a Census of Population and Dwellings based primarily on administrative data.

Evaluating the potential of linked data sources for population estimates: The Integrated Data Infrastructure as an example (September 2014)
This paper describes a preliminary investigation into the feasibility of one of the administrative census options: linking multiple existing administrative data sources to produce a statistical population list.

An initial investigation into the potential for administrative data to provide census long-form information (July 2014)
This paper provides a first broad look at the potential for administrative data to produce the long-form (social and economic) information currently provided by the census.

Valuing the census (July 2014)
This report, prepared for Statistics NZ, quantifies the benefits to New Zealand from the use of census and population information.

An overview of progress on the potential use of administrative data for census information in New Zealand: Census Transformation programme (July 2014)
This paper provides a summary of early findings about the potential use of administrative data sources for census information.

Options for future New Zealand censuses: Census Transformation programme (April 2013)
This paper outlines potential options for future censuses in New Zealand.

Transforming the New Zealand Census of Population and Dwellings: Issues, options, and strategy (April 2012)
This paper presents the issues on the development of a strategic direction and timeline for the transformation of the New Zealand Census of Population and Dwellings.

Future New Zealand censuses: Implications of changing census frequency or adopting other models (November 2011)
This paper informs discussion about the potential for adopting different approaches to census-taking in New Zealand.

A register-based census: what is the potential for New Zealand? (February 2011)
Some countries, including Finland and Denmark, now conduct their population censuses using administrative data registers rather than a nationwide survey of households. This paper describes the main features of a register-based census, and the necessary preconditions for this approach, with reference to New Zealand.

Updated 2 October 2017

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