Researchers trying to figure out ways to solve some of the really hard problems that Australians face have one crucial need — information. When tackling problems such as crime, substance abuse, family breakdown, homelessness, obesity, or unemployment, researchers and policy makers need information in order to develop and test strategies, assess costs and benefits and minimise costs of possible actions.
So how do we get this information? There are two main options: collect it or use data that is already available from administrative systems (such as Medicare) or from surveys (such as ABS Census of Population and Housing).
Data integration provides an effective way to increase the amount of information available to address these really hard problems. Data integration involves bringing together information from two (or more) datasets to make a new, bigger and better dataset.
In this presentation, Gemma will outline developments by Commonwealth Portfolios to establish a safe and effective environment for the strategic use of Commonwealth data holdings, and the exciting opportunities on the horizon to unlock these data holdings for statistical and research purposes.
Gemma Van Halderen - Branch Head, Social Data Integration and Analysis at the Australian Bureau of Statistics
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