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Public attitudes to data integration

Public attitudes to data integration presents research by Opus International Consultants Ltd on behalf of Statistics NZ.

The main findings are:

  • participants generally expected information provided to government departments to be shared with other government departments, and that this would be automatically and electronically conducted 
  •  people appeared to gauge acceptability primarily on the need for the information. That is, how the data would be used and by whom
  • people were interested in the value of data integration, whether the benefits would outweigh the costs and risks, and how privacy and other risks might be mitigated
  • people felt that integrated data systems could be more reliable, current, and accurate than those currently used, and could result in more informed, fair, efficient, and effective decision-making and service provision.

To read the report, and presentation of the highlight findings, download or print the PDF or PowerPoint  from the 'Available files' box. If you have problems viewing the files, see Opening files and PDFs.

See also the poster Public attitudes to data integration in New Zealand in 'Available files'.

The research involved a multi-method qualitative approach using in-depth narrative interviews, workshops, and an online discussion, to find out:

  • how different demographic groups perceive data integration, how data can be used for operational and statistical purposes, and what constitutes acceptable use 
  • where enhanced transparency could affect public attitudes to the acceptability of information sharing and integration
  • what, if any, factors affect public confidence in Statistics NZ as the custodian of integrated data.

Citations
Opus International Consultants (2015). Public attitudes to data integration: Report prepared for Statistics New Zealand. Available from www.stats.govt.nz.

ISBN 978-0-478-42992-3

Opus International Consultants (2015). Public attitudes to data integration: Highlight findings from the report prepared for Statistics New Zealand. Available from www.stats.govt.nz.

Updated 7 October 2016

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