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Comparing education and training information in administrative data sources and census

Comparing education and training information in administrative data sources and census is part of the Census Transformation work. It is one of a series of investigations into identifying and exploring the potential for administrative sources to provide census-type information.

As part of our investigation into that potential, this paper compares results from the 2013 Census with estimates produced from administrative sources for ‘highest qualification’ and ‘study participation’.

Overall, the administrative sources investigated show good potential for providing education and training information about those who have interacted with the New Zealand education system, and particularly for those with recent interactions. For some groups, information in administrative sources may provide higher-quality information than the census, while for others this is not the case. There is little to no information about qualifications obtained overseas and it is not possible to positively identify those with no qualifications or those who are not studying.

While the census may be more likely to be affected by respondent or processing error, it is still the only source that provides high coverage of all qualifications for the whole population.

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Citation 
Shrosbree, E (2015). Comparing education and training information in administrative data sources and census. Available from www.stats.govt.nz.

ISBN 978-0-908350-25-4 (online)

Published 17 December 2015

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