Phase 2 - Quality Assessment
The quality assessment process provided a more in-depth consideration of the 2013 list of Australia essential statistical assets in order to understand how well the currently produced information meets the critical needs of users, highlighting gaps within existing statistics and identifying areas for future investment. This is the first time Australia has a set of quality assessments of our essential statistics, and will help to enable better utilisation of the government resources that go into the production of these statistics.
The assessment summaries which are provided as part of quality assessment publication provide overarching traffic light indicators of the standard of quality for each statistic. Quality assessments have not been produced for the individual datasets contributing to the ESA. The quality assessment process was based on the ABS Data Quality Framework , and when interpreting the results it is important to keep in mind that data quality has been assessed for the purpose of ESA.
The results showed that the quality of Australia’s statistical assets is faring well, with 63 of the 71 statistics scoring a green overall traffic light. There were also notable trends within the quality dimensions – for example, the accessibility dimensions produced all green traffic lights for each statistic; whilst the relevance and coherence dimensions produced a relatively high number of amber traffic lights. You can find more detailed statistic summary results in the ESA for Australia publication.
The process has also been valuable in identifying where there are information gaps within our statistical system. The ABS will work collaboratively with relevant stakeholders (including data custodians) to determine appropriate ways to address them. Suggestions and feedback received throughout the Phase 2 process have been taken into account and will ensure ongoing improvements to the initiative. Thank you to all the data custodians involved in this exciting phase of the ESA for Australia initiative!