Over the past few years, the call has been put out for public policies to be informed by good evidence. Statistical information is now answering that call. Statistical information has long been recognised as being good evidence, which places it at the heart of evidence-based policy.
As part of its DATAfitness program, the NSS has developed Data Quality Online (DQO), an easy-to-use online support system for data collectors, providers and users.
DQO is the first assistant of its kind in the world and provides clear and simple support to those involved in understanding data, and using it to make decisions.
DQO helps users to draft data quality statements, and can now be used to compile general purpose quality statements for a variety of data sets (e.g. Administrative data, Survey data) whilst continuing to support users to draft tailored, indicator-driven quality statements for Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Performance reporting
The NSS officially launched the DQO in August 2010, in conjunction with the ABS. DQO is based on the nationally recognised ABS Data Quality Framework, which provides a consistent standard for describing the quality of data. For further information on DQO or take a look at the site visit the NSS website.
For more information on DQO and DATAfitness, visit www.nss.gov.au/DataQuality or email firstname.lastname@example.org.