Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Not quality data

From The Age.

1. Participation

Census head Duncan Young told Fairfax Media that "over 94 per cent" of occupied households have completed a census form and he expects that to reach 95 per cent by Thursday evening. "From here it's about making sure that quality is there for every small population group and every small population area.""We are certainly past the point that makes it a high quality data set for analysis," he told Fairfax Media.
After some mail notifications I did finish the census form. My main concern was the implications of the data storage and in the future it becoming available to the ruling government, with names and addresses. This is so alien to Australian's concept of census, where the data is stored separately from your name and address. The collapse of the website on the night and the suspension of the website for days was also a factor. I partook of a few glasses of wine, and completed the census. I have no idea what I wrote or ticked, but I expect it was very unreliable data. Sorry Hels, but historians must view the 2016 census with some cynicism. There is no reason to not describe it as a disaster, in spite of spin from the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

12 comments:

  1. We accidentally opened the door to the census man and what a mistake that was. He was outright abusive towards us when we told him to leave our property and that whether or not we filled in the form was our business and nothing to do with him.

    He returned a second time, this time I did not open the door.

    Unknown to me, The Other Half went online and filled it in. He put in his initials only, and found that each page could have almost nothing filled in and it would still submit.

    The 2016 census data should be completely ignored, in my opinion. And the next one should not be attempted. They already have all the information they need about us.

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    1. Thanks Snoskred. I really believe in census data but this one our government, yes government, got really wrong and it has fucked it up for the future too.

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    1. Grace, no dramas for filling in but what about the future and the information you have given in your names?

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  3. Yes, after avoiding filling it in and getting 5 visits from the census man, I finally sat down and did it online 2 hours before the deadline (hoping the site would crash again under the strain of last minute citizens like me). But alas, it didn't and I too was surprise by what fields I could leave blank and more to the point .. What pointless questions we were asked. As if they are going to be able to use the data for future decision making .. Feedback to ABS .. Huge waste of time.

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    1. Carol, so many questions were very benign, for want of a better word. Hehe, five visits. You were really under pressure. I think we only had two.

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  4. Sigh. And the pressure will continue to be put on the public servants involved by the guvermint who reduces the resources available to them while continuing to demand more. Sigh and hiss and spit.

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    1. EC, that is a good point, which is perhaps why we should not blame ABS too much. It is the government that allocates the funds.

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  5. I did mine online before the first crashing of the site. If they "lost" me, too bad.

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    1. River, it must have worked. They seem to have no end of resources to follow up people who they don't think completed the census.

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