In the past decade, in Australia and internationally, there has been growing recognition of the importance of statistics and indicators in many different spheres. The Australian government has identified a priority in the use of evidence to support policy development and evaluation. While there is a wide range of data available from statistical collections, administrative and transactional databases to meet this demand, there has been little said about the "fitness for use" of these information sources.
The ABS released a Data Quality Framework in May 2009. It provides guidelines in applying the seven identified dimensions of quality - Relevance, Timeliness, Accuracy, Coherence, Interpretability, Accessibility and Institutional Environment.
Information about the Data Quality Framework on the ABS web site is available from the following links:
ABS Data Quality Framework cat no 1520.0
ABS Quality Declarations - a brief summary
Narissa Gilbert - Methodology and Data Management Division, Australian Bureau of Statistics
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