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Quality standards for population statistics: Accuracy requirements for future census models

Population statistics that describe the size, structure, and geographic distribution of the population are the most important statistics for census to provide. When considering changes to census, these population statistics must remain fit for purpose for key uses. This paper aims to answer the question: what does ‘fit for purpose’ mean for population statistics now and into the future?

To help answer this question, we have developed quantified quality standards for population estimates that represent the needs of key users. The standards build on our previous knowledge of key population statistics uses, and reflect consultation with core customers of population statistics.

The quality standards are expressed in terms of customers’ minimum accuracy requirements for differing levels of geography and age group breakdowns. The standards provide a benchmark against which to assess the strengths and limitations of alternative approaches to producing population statistics. The feasibility of the alternative approaches is being investigated in other Census Transformation work.

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Citation
McNally, J, & Bycroft, C (2015). Quality standards for population statistics: Accuracy requirements for future census models. Available from www.stats.govt.nz.

ISBN 978-0-908350-09-4 (online)
Published 8 December 2015

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