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An overview of progress on the potential use of administrative data for census information in New Zealand

In March 2012 the New Zealand Government agreed to a census transformation strategy which has two strands: to focus in the short to medium term on modernising the current census model and creating efficiencies; and to investigate alternative ways of producing small-area population and socio-demographic statistics in the long term. This includes exploring the feasibility of producing census information from administrative data sources in the longer term.

This paper provides an overview of early investigations into the potential use of administrative data sources for census information. Key findings are that existing administrative data sources cannot at present act as a replacement for the current census, but that early results have been sufficiently promising that it is worth continuing investigations.

Detailed technical papers on which this overview is based can be found in Census Transformation research papers.

Read or download the report from 'Available files' above. If you have problems viewing the files, see Opening files and PDFs.

ISBN 978-0-478-42904-6 (online)
Published 4 July 2014

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