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  • Technical products: 75F0002M
    Description:

    This series provides detailed documentation on income developments, including survey design issues, data quality evaluation and exploratory research.

    Release date: 2018-04-05

  • Technical products: 75F0002M2018001
    Description:

    This study looks at changes introduced in 2018 to the methodology used for the census family low income measure, based on the T1 Family File (T1FF; tax filer data). By making these changes, the methodology becomes better aligned with other data sources at Statistics Canada, such as the Census of Population and the Canadian Income Survey. To account for changes in the methodology, new T1FF standard tables on the census family low income measure (after-tax income), going back to 2004 data, are introduced.

    Release date: 2018-04-05

  • Technical products: 75F0002M2018002
    Description:

    This study looks at the differences in after-tax low income measure (LIM) statistics from two data sources which both use administrative tax data as their principal inputs: the 2016 Census of Population and the T1 Family file (T1FF). It presents a summary of the two data sources and compares after-tax LIM statistics by focussing on unit of analysis, LIM thresholds and the percentage of population below the LIM. The study also explores what factors users may want to consider when choosing one data source over the other.

    Release date: 2018-04-05

  • Technical products: 84-538-X
    Description:

    This document presents the methodology underlying the production of the life tables for Canada, provinces and territories, from reference period 1980/1982 and onward.

    Release date: 2018-02-23

  • Technical products: 12-206-X
    Description:

    This report summarizes the achievements program sponsored by the three methodology divisions of Statistics Canada. This program covers research and development activities in statistical methods with potentially broad application in the Agency's survey programs, which would not otherwise have been carried out during the provision of methodology services to those survey programs. They also include tasks that provided client support in the application of past successful developments in order to promote the utilization of the results of research and development work.

    Release date: 2017-11-03

  • Technical products: 12-586-X
    Description:

    The Quality Assurance Framework (QAF) serves as the highest-level governance tool for quality management at Statistics Canada. The QAF gives an overview of the quality management and risk mitigation strategies used by the Agency’s program areas. The QAF is used in conjunction with Statistics Canada management practices, such as those described in the Quality Guidelines.

    Release date: 2017-04-21

  • Technical products: 91-621-X2017001
    Release date: 2017-01-25

  • Technical products: 75F0002M2016003
    Description:

    Periodically, income statistics are updated to reflect the most recent population estimates from the Census. Accordingly, with the release of the 2014 data from the Canadian Income Survey, Statistics Canada has revised estimates for 2006 to 2013 using new population totals from the 2011 Census. This paper provides unrevised estimates alongside revised estimates for key income series, indicating where the revisions were significant.

    Release date: 2016-07-08

  • Technical products: 11-522-X
    Description:

    Since 1984, an annual international symposium on methodological issues has been sponsored by Statistics Canada. Proceedings have been available since 1987.

    Release date: 2016-03-24

  • Technical products: 11-522-X201700014753
    Description:

    The fact that the world is in continuous change and that new technologies are becoming widely available creates new opportunities and challenges for National Statistical Institutes (NSIs) worldwide. What if NSIs could access vast amounts of sophisticated data for free (or for a low cost) from enterprises? Could this facilitate the possibility for NSIs to disseminate more accurate indicators for the policy-makers and users, significantly reduce the response burden for companies, reduce costs for the NSIs and in the long run improve the living standards of the people in a country? The time has now come for NSIs to find the best practice to align legislation, regulations and practices in relation to scanner data and big data. Without common ground, the prospect of reaching consensus is unlikely. The discussions need to start with how to define quality. If NSIs define and approach quality differently, this will lead to a highly undesirable situation, as NSIs will move further away from harmonisation. Sweden was one of the leading countries that put these issues on the agenda for European cooperation; in 2012 Sweden implemented scanner data in the national Consumer Price Index after it was proven through research studies and statistical analyses that scanner data was significantly better than the manually collected data.

    Release date: 2016-03-24

  • Technical products: 11-522-X201700014714
    Description:

    The Labour Market Development Agreements (LMDAs) between Canada and the provinces and territories fund labour market training and support services to Employment Insurance claimants. The objective of this paper is to discuss the improvements over the years in the impact assessment methodology. The paper describes the LMDAs and past evaluation work and discusses the drivers to make better use of large administrative data holdings. It then explains how the new approach made the evaluation less resource-intensive, while results are more relevant to policy development. The paper outlines the lessons learned from a methodological perspective and provides insight into ways for making this type of use of administrative data effective, especially in the context of large programs.

    Release date: 2016-03-24

  • Technical products: 11-522-X201700014707
    Description:

    The Labour Force Survey (LFS) is a monthly household survey of about 56,000 households that provides information on the Canadian labour market. Audit Trail is a Blaise programming option, for surveys like LFS with Computer Assisted Interviewing (CAI), which creates files containing every keystroke and edit and timestamp of every data collection attempt on all households. Combining such a large survey with such a complete source of paradata opens the door to in-depth data quality analysis but also quickly leads to Big Data challenges. How can meaningful information be extracted from this large set of keystrokes and timestamps? How can it help assess the quality of LFS data collection? The presentation will describe some of the challenges that were encountered, solutions that were used to address them, and results of the analysis on data quality.

    Release date: 2016-03-24

  • Technical products: 11-522-X201700014742
    Description:

    This paper describes the Quick Match System (QMS), an in-house application designed to match business microdata records, and the methods used to link the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) dataset to Statistics Canada’s Business Register (BR) for the period from 2000 to 2011. The paper illustrates the record-linkage framework and outlines the techniques used to prepare and classify each record and evaluate the match results. The USPTO dataset consisted of 41,619 U.S. patents granted to 14,162 distinct Canadian entities. The record-linkage process matched the names, city, province and postal codes of the patent assignees in the USPTO dataset with those of businesses in the January editions of the Generic Survey Universe File (GSUF) from the BR for the same reference period. As the vast majority of individual patent assignees are not engaged in commercial activity to provide taxable property or services, they tend not to appear in the BR. The relatively poor match rate of 24.5% among individuals, compared to 84.7% among institutions, reflects this tendency. Although the 8,844 individual patent assignees outnumbered the 5,318 institutions, the institutions accounted for 73.0% of the patents, compared to 27.0% held by individuals. Consequently, this study and its conclusions focus primarily on institutional patent assignees. The linkage of the USPTO institutions to the BR is significant because it provides access to business micro-level data on firm characteristics, employment, revenue, assets and liabilities. In addition, the retrieval of robust administrative identifiers enables subsequent linkage to other survey and administrative data sources. The integrated dataset will support direct and comparative analytical studies on the performance of Canadian institutions that obtained patents in the United States between 2000 and 2011.

    Release date: 2016-03-24

  • Technical products: 11-522-X201700014715
    Description:

    In preparation for 2021 UK Census the ONS has committed to an extensive research programme exploring how linked administrative data can be used to support conventional statistical processes. Item-level edit and imputation (E&I) will play an important role in adjusting the 2021 Census database. However, uncertainty associated with the accuracy and quality of available administrative data renders the efficacy of an integrated census-administrative data approach to E&I unclear. Current constraints that dictate an anonymised ‘hash-key’ approach to record linkage to ensure confidentiality add to that uncertainty. Here, we provide preliminary results from a simulation study comparing the predictive and distributional accuracy of the conventional E&I strategy implemented in CANCEIS for the 2011 UK Census to that of an integrated approach using synthetic administrative data with systematically increasing error as auxiliary information. In this initial phase of research we focus on imputing single year of age. The aim of the study is to gain insight into whether auxiliary information from admin data can improve imputation estimates and where the different strategies fall on a continuum of accuracy.

    Release date: 2016-03-24

  • Technical products: 11-522-X201700014710
    Description:

    The Data Warehouse has modernized the way the Canadian System of Macroeconomic Accounts (MEA) are produced and analyzed today. Its continuing evolution facilitates the amounts and types of analytical work that is done within the MEA. It brings in the needed element of harmonization and confrontation as the macroeconomic accounts move toward full integration. The improvements in quality, transparency, and timeliness have strengthened the statistics that are being disseminated.

    Release date: 2016-03-24

  • Technical products: 11-522-X201700014724
    Description:

    At the Institut national de santé publique du Québec, the Quebec Integrated Chronic Disease Surveillance System (QICDSS) has been used daily for approximately four years. The benefits of this system are numerous for measuring the extent of diseases more accurately, evaluating the use of health services properly and identifying certain groups at risk. However, in the past months, various problems have arisen that have required a great deal of careful thought. The problems have affected various areas of activity, such as data linkage, data quality, coordinating multiple users and meeting legal obligations. The purpose of this presentation is to describe the main challenges associated with using QICDSS data and to present some possible solutions. In particular, this presentation discusses the processing of five data sources that not only come from five different sources, but also are not mainly used for chronic disease surveillance. The varying quality of the data, both across files and within a given file, will also be discussed. Certain situations associated with the simultaneous use of the system by multiple users will also be examined. Examples will be given of analyses of large data sets that have caused problems. As well, a few challenges involving disclosure and the fulfillment of legal agreements will be briefly discussed.

    Release date: 2016-03-24

  • Technical products: 11-522-X201700014729
    Description:

    The use of administrative datasets as a data source in official statistics has become much more common as there is a drive for more outputs to be produced more efficiently. Many outputs rely on linkage between two or more datasets, and this is often undertaken in a number of phases with different methods and rules. In these situations we would like to be able to assess the quality of the linkage, and this involves some re-assessment of both links and non-links. In this paper we discuss sampling approaches to obtain estimates of false negatives and false positives with reasonable control of both accuracy of estimates and cost. Approaches to stratification of links (non-links) to sample are evaluated using information from the 2011 England and Wales population census.

    Release date: 2016-03-24

  • Technical products: 11-522-X201700014759
    Description:

    Many of the challenges and opportunities of modern data science have to do with dynamic aspects: evolving populations, the growing volume of administrative and commercial data on individuals and establishments, continuous flows of data and the capacity to analyze and summarize them in real time, and the deterioration of data absent the resources to maintain them. With its emphasis on data quality and supportable results, the domain of Official Statistics is ideal for highlighting statistical and data science issues in a variety of contexts. The messages of the talk include the importance of population frames and their maintenance; the potential for use of multi-frame methods and linkages; how the use of large scale non-survey data as auxiliary information shapes the objects of inference; the complexity of models for large data sets; the importance of recursive methods and regularization; and the benefits of sophisticated data visualization tools in capturing change.

    Release date: 2016-03-24

  • Technical products: 11-522-X201700014722
    Description:

    The U.S. Census Bureau is researching ways to incorporate administrative data in decennial census and survey operations. Critical to this work is an understanding of the coverage of the population by administrative records. Using federal and third party administrative data linked to the American Community Survey (ACS), we evaluate the extent to which administrative records provide data on foreign-born individuals in the ACS and employ multinomial logistic regression techniques to evaluate characteristics of those who are in administrative records relative to those who are not. We find that overall, administrative records provide high coverage of foreign-born individuals in our sample for whom a match can be determined. The odds of being in administrative records are found to be tied to the processes of immigrant assimilation – naturalization, higher English proficiency, educational attainment, and full-time employment are associated with greater odds of being in administrative records. These findings suggest that as immigrants adapt and integrate into U.S. society, they are more likely to be involved in government and commercial processes and programs for which we are including data. We further explore administrative records coverage for the two largest race/ethnic groups in our sample – Hispanic and non-Hispanic single-race Asian foreign born, finding again that characteristics related to assimilation are associated with administrative records coverage for both groups. However, we observe that neighborhood context impacts Hispanics and Asians differently.

    Release date: 2016-03-24

  • Technical products: 11-522-X201700014726
    Description:

    Internal migration is one of the components of population growth estimated at Statistics Canada. It is estimated by comparing individuals’ addresses at the beginning and end of a given period. The Canada Child Tax Benefit and T1 Family File are the primary data sources used. Address quality and coverage of more mobile subpopulations are crucial to producing high-quality estimates. The purpose of this article is to present the results of evaluations of these elements using access to more tax data sources at Statistics Canada.

    Release date: 2016-03-24

  • Technical products: 11-522-X201700014741
    Description:

    Statistics Canada’s mandate includes producing statistical data to shed light on current business issues. The linking of business records is an important aspect of the development, production, evaluation and analysis of these statistical data. As record linkage can intrude on one’s privacy, Statistics Canada uses it only when the public good is clear and outweighs the intrusion. Record linkage is experiencing a revival triggered by a greater use of administrative data in many statistical programs. There are many challenges to business record linkage. For example, many administrative files not have common identifiers, information is recorded is in non-standardized formats, information contains typographical errors, administrative data files are usually large in size, and finally the evaluation of multiple record pairings makes absolute comparison impractical and sometimes impossible. Due to the importance and challenges associated with record linkage, Statistics Canada has been developing a record linkage standard to help users optimize their business record linkage process. For example, this process includes building on a record linkage blocking strategy that reduces the amount of record-pairs to compare and match, making use of Statistics Canada’s internal software to conduct deterministic and probabilistic matching, and creating standard business name and address fields on Statistics Canada’s Business Register. This article gives an overview of the business record linkage methodology and looks at various economic projects which use record linkage at Statistics Canada, these include projects in the National Accounts, International Trade, Agriculture and the Business Register.

    Release date: 2016-03-24

  • Technical products: 11-522-X201700014708
    Description:

    Statistics Canada’s Household Survey Frames (HSF) Programme provides various universe files that can be used alone or in combination to improve survey design, sampling, collection, and processing in the traditional “need to contact a household model.” Even as surveys are migrating onto these core suite of products, the HSF is starting to plan the changes to infrastructure, organisation, and linkages with other data assets in Statistics Canada that will help enable a shift to increased use of a wide variety of administrative data as input to the social statistics programme. The presentation will provide an overview of the HSF Programme, foundational concepts that will need to be implemented to expand linkage potential, and will identify strategic research being under-taken toward 2021.

    Release date: 2016-03-24

  • Technical products: 11-522-X201700014749
    Description:

    As part of the Tourism Statistics Program redesign, Statistics Canada is developing the National Travel Survey (NTS) to collect travel information from Canadian travellers. This new survey will replace the Travel Survey of Residents of Canada and the Canadian resident component of the International Travel Survey. The NTS will take advantage of Statistics Canada’s common sampling frames and common processing tools while maximizing the use of administrative data. This paper discusses the potential uses of administrative data such as Passport Canada files, Canada Border Service Agency files and Canada Revenue Agency files, to increase the efficiency of the NTS sample design.

    Release date: 2016-03-24

  • Technical products: 11-522-X201700014719
    Description:

    Open Data initiatives are transforming how governments and other public institutions interact and provide services to their constituents. They increase transparency and value to citizens, reduce inefficiencies and barriers to information, enable data-driven applications that improve public service delivery, and provide public data that can stimulate innovative business opportunities. As one of the first international organizations to adopt an open data policy, the World Bank has been providing guidance and technical expertise to developing countries that are considering or designing their own initiatives. This presentation will give an overview of developments in open data at the international level along with current and future experiences, challenges, and opportunities. Mr. Herzog will discuss the rationales under which governments are embracing open data, demonstrated benefits to both the public and private sectors, the range of different approaches that governments are taking, and the availability of tools for policymakers, with special emphasis on the roles and perspectives of National Statistics Offices within a government-wide initiative.

    Release date: 2016-03-24

  • Technical products: 11-522-X201700014738
    Description:

    In the standard design approach to missing observations, the construction of weight classes and calibration are used to adjust the design weights for the respondents in the sample. Here we use these adjusted weights to define a Dirichlet distribution which can be used to make inferences about the population. Examples show that the resulting procedures have better performance properties than the standard methods when the population is skewed.

    Release date: 2016-03-24

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  • Technical products: 75F0002M
    Description:

    This series provides detailed documentation on income developments, including survey design issues, data quality evaluation and exploratory research.

    Release date: 2018-04-05

  • Technical products: 75F0002M2018001
    Description:

    This study looks at changes introduced in 2018 to the methodology used for the census family low income measure, based on the T1 Family File (T1FF; tax filer data). By making these changes, the methodology becomes better aligned with other data sources at Statistics Canada, such as the Census of Population and the Canadian Income Survey. To account for changes in the methodology, new T1FF standard tables on the census family low income measure (after-tax income), going back to 2004 data, are introduced.

    Release date: 2018-04-05

  • Technical products: 75F0002M2018002
    Description:

    This study looks at the differences in after-tax low income measure (LIM) statistics from two data sources which both use administrative tax data as their principal inputs: the 2016 Census of Population and the T1 Family file (T1FF). It presents a summary of the two data sources and compares after-tax LIM statistics by focussing on unit of analysis, LIM thresholds and the percentage of population below the LIM. The study also explores what factors users may want to consider when choosing one data source over the other.

    Release date: 2018-04-05

  • Technical products: 84-538-X
    Description:

    This document presents the methodology underlying the production of the life tables for Canada, provinces and territories, from reference period 1980/1982 and onward.

    Release date: 2018-02-23

  • Technical products: 12-206-X
    Description:

    This report summarizes the achievements program sponsored by the three methodology divisions of Statistics Canada. This program covers research and development activities in statistical methods with potentially broad application in the Agency's survey programs, which would not otherwise have been carried out during the provision of methodology services to those survey programs. They also include tasks that provided client support in the application of past successful developments in order to promote the utilization of the results of research and development work.

    Release date: 2017-11-03

  • Technical products: 12-586-X
    Description:

    The Quality Assurance Framework (QAF) serves as the highest-level governance tool for quality management at Statistics Canada. The QAF gives an overview of the quality management and risk mitigation strategies used by the Agency’s program areas. The QAF is used in conjunction with Statistics Canada management practices, such as those described in the Quality Guidelines.

    Release date: 2017-04-21

  • Technical products: 91-621-X2017001
    Release date: 2017-01-25

  • Technical products: 75F0002M2016003
    Description:

    Periodically, income statistics are updated to reflect the most recent population estimates from the Census. Accordingly, with the release of the 2014 data from the Canadian Income Survey, Statistics Canada has revised estimates for 2006 to 2013 using new population totals from the 2011 Census. This paper provides unrevised estimates alongside revised estimates for key income series, indicating where the revisions were significant.

    Release date: 2016-07-08

  • Technical products: 11-522-X
    Description:

    Since 1984, an annual international symposium on methodological issues has been sponsored by Statistics Canada. Proceedings have been available since 1987.

    Release date: 2016-03-24

  • Technical products: 11-522-X201700014753
    Description:

    The fact that the world is in continuous change and that new technologies are becoming widely available creates new opportunities and challenges for National Statistical Institutes (NSIs) worldwide. What if NSIs could access vast amounts of sophisticated data for free (or for a low cost) from enterprises? Could this facilitate the possibility for NSIs to disseminate more accurate indicators for the policy-makers and users, significantly reduce the response burden for companies, reduce costs for the NSIs and in the long run improve the living standards of the people in a country? The time has now come for NSIs to find the best practice to align legislation, regulations and practices in relation to scanner data and big data. Without common ground, the prospect of reaching consensus is unlikely. The discussions need to start with how to define quality. If NSIs define and approach quality differently, this will lead to a highly undesirable situation, as NSIs will move further away from harmonisation. Sweden was one of the leading countries that put these issues on the agenda for European cooperation; in 2012 Sweden implemented scanner data in the national Consumer Price Index after it was proven through research studies and statistical analyses that scanner data was significantly better than the manually collected data.

    Release date: 2016-03-24

  • Technical products: 11-522-X201700014714
    Description:

    The Labour Market Development Agreements (LMDAs) between Canada and the provinces and territories fund labour market training and support services to Employment Insurance claimants. The objective of this paper is to discuss the improvements over the years in the impact assessment methodology. The paper describes the LMDAs and past evaluation work and discusses the drivers to make better use of large administrative data holdings. It then explains how the new approach made the evaluation less resource-intensive, while results are more relevant to policy development. The paper outlines the lessons learned from a methodological perspective and provides insight into ways for making this type of use of administrative data effective, especially in the context of large programs.

    Release date: 2016-03-24

  • Technical products: 11-522-X201700014707
    Description:

    The Labour Force Survey (LFS) is a monthly household survey of about 56,000 households that provides information on the Canadian labour market. Audit Trail is a Blaise programming option, for surveys like LFS with Computer Assisted Interviewing (CAI), which creates files containing every keystroke and edit and timestamp of every data collection attempt on all households. Combining such a large survey with such a complete source of paradata opens the door to in-depth data quality analysis but also quickly leads to Big Data challenges. How can meaningful information be extracted from this large set of keystrokes and timestamps? How can it help assess the quality of LFS data collection? The presentation will describe some of the challenges that were encountered, solutions that were used to address them, and results of the analysis on data quality.

    Release date: 2016-03-24

  • Technical products: 11-522-X201700014742
    Description:

    This paper describes the Quick Match System (QMS), an in-house application designed to match business microdata records, and the methods used to link the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) dataset to Statistics Canada’s Business Register (BR) for the period from 2000 to 2011. The paper illustrates the record-linkage framework and outlines the techniques used to prepare and classify each record and evaluate the match results. The USPTO dataset consisted of 41,619 U.S. patents granted to 14,162 distinct Canadian entities. The record-linkage process matched the names, city, province and postal codes of the patent assignees in the USPTO dataset with those of businesses in the January editions of the Generic Survey Universe File (GSUF) from the BR for the same reference period. As the vast majority of individual patent assignees are not engaged in commercial activity to provide taxable property or services, they tend not to appear in the BR. The relatively poor match rate of 24.5% among individuals, compared to 84.7% among institutions, reflects this tendency. Although the 8,844 individual patent assignees outnumbered the 5,318 institutions, the institutions accounted for 73.0% of the patents, compared to 27.0% held by individuals. Consequently, this study and its conclusions focus primarily on institutional patent assignees. The linkage of the USPTO institutions to the BR is significant because it provides access to business micro-level data on firm characteristics, employment, revenue, assets and liabilities. In addition, the retrieval of robust administrative identifiers enables subsequent linkage to other survey and administrative data sources. The integrated dataset will support direct and comparative analytical studies on the performance of Canadian institutions that obtained patents in the United States between 2000 and 2011.

    Release date: 2016-03-24

  • Technical products: 11-522-X201700014715
    Description:

    In preparation for 2021 UK Census the ONS has committed to an extensive research programme exploring how linked administrative data can be used to support conventional statistical processes. Item-level edit and imputation (E&I) will play an important role in adjusting the 2021 Census database. However, uncertainty associated with the accuracy and quality of available administrative data renders the efficacy of an integrated census-administrative data approach to E&I unclear. Current constraints that dictate an anonymised ‘hash-key’ approach to record linkage to ensure confidentiality add to that uncertainty. Here, we provide preliminary results from a simulation study comparing the predictive and distributional accuracy of the conventional E&I strategy implemented in CANCEIS for the 2011 UK Census to that of an integrated approach using synthetic administrative data with systematically increasing error as auxiliary information. In this initial phase of research we focus on imputing single year of age. The aim of the study is to gain insight into whether auxiliary information from admin data can improve imputation estimates and where the different strategies fall on a continuum of accuracy.

    Release date: 2016-03-24

  • Technical products: 11-522-X201700014710
    Description:

    The Data Warehouse has modernized the way the Canadian System of Macroeconomic Accounts (MEA) are produced and analyzed today. Its continuing evolution facilitates the amounts and types of analytical work that is done within the MEA. It brings in the needed element of harmonization and confrontation as the macroeconomic accounts move toward full integration. The improvements in quality, transparency, and timeliness have strengthened the statistics that are being disseminated.

    Release date: 2016-03-24

  • Technical products: 11-522-X201700014724
    Description:

    At the Institut national de santé publique du Québec, the Quebec Integrated Chronic Disease Surveillance System (QICDSS) has been used daily for approximately four years. The benefits of this system are numerous for measuring the extent of diseases more accurately, evaluating the use of health services properly and identifying certain groups at risk. However, in the past months, various problems have arisen that have required a great deal of careful thought. The problems have affected various areas of activity, such as data linkage, data quality, coordinating multiple users and meeting legal obligations. The purpose of this presentation is to describe the main challenges associated with using QICDSS data and to present some possible solutions. In particular, this presentation discusses the processing of five data sources that not only come from five different sources, but also are not mainly used for chronic disease surveillance. The varying quality of the data, both across files and within a given file, will also be discussed. Certain situations associated with the simultaneous use of the system by multiple users will also be examined. Examples will be given of analyses of large data sets that have caused problems. As well, a few challenges involving disclosure and the fulfillment of legal agreements will be briefly discussed.

    Release date: 2016-03-24

  • Technical products: 11-522-X201700014729
    Description:

    The use of administrative datasets as a data source in official statistics has become much more common as there is a drive for more outputs to be produced more efficiently. Many outputs rely on linkage between two or more datasets, and this is often undertaken in a number of phases with different methods and rules. In these situations we would like to be able to assess the quality of the linkage, and this involves some re-assessment of both links and non-links. In this paper we discuss sampling approaches to obtain estimates of false negatives and false positives with reasonable control of both accuracy of estimates and cost. Approaches to stratification of links (non-links) to sample are evaluated using information from the 2011 England and Wales population census.

    Release date: 2016-03-24

  • Technical products: 11-522-X201700014759
    Description:

    Many of the challenges and opportunities of modern data science have to do with dynamic aspects: evolving populations, the growing volume of administrative and commercial data on individuals and establishments, continuous flows of data and the capacity to analyze and summarize them in real time, and the deterioration of data absent the resources to maintain them. With its emphasis on data quality and supportable results, the domain of Official Statistics is ideal for highlighting statistical and data science issues in a variety of contexts. The messages of the talk include the importance of population frames and their maintenance; the potential for use of multi-frame methods and linkages; how the use of large scale non-survey data as auxiliary information shapes the objects of inference; the complexity of models for large data sets; the importance of recursive methods and regularization; and the benefits of sophisticated data visualization tools in capturing change.

    Release date: 2016-03-24

  • Technical products: 11-522-X201700014722
    Description:

    The U.S. Census Bureau is researching ways to incorporate administrative data in decennial census and survey operations. Critical to this work is an understanding of the coverage of the population by administrative records. Using federal and third party administrative data linked to the American Community Survey (ACS), we evaluate the extent to which administrative records provide data on foreign-born individuals in the ACS and employ multinomial logistic regression techniques to evaluate characteristics of those who are in administrative records relative to those who are not. We find that overall, administrative records provide high coverage of foreign-born individuals in our sample for whom a match can be determined. The odds of being in administrative records are found to be tied to the processes of immigrant assimilation – naturalization, higher English proficiency, educational attainment, and full-time employment are associated with greater odds of being in administrative records. These findings suggest that as immigrants adapt and integrate into U.S. society, they are more likely to be involved in government and commercial processes and programs for which we are including data. We further explore administrative records coverage for the two largest race/ethnic groups in our sample – Hispanic and non-Hispanic single-race Asian foreign born, finding again that characteristics related to assimilation are associated with administrative records coverage for both groups. However, we observe that neighborhood context impacts Hispanics and Asians differently.

    Release date: 2016-03-24

  • Technical products: 11-522-X201700014726
    Description:

    Internal migration is one of the components of population growth estimated at Statistics Canada. It is estimated by comparing individuals’ addresses at the beginning and end of a given period. The Canada Child Tax Benefit and T1 Family File are the primary data sources used. Address quality and coverage of more mobile subpopulations are crucial to producing high-quality estimates. The purpose of this article is to present the results of evaluations of these elements using access to more tax data sources at Statistics Canada.

    Release date: 2016-03-24

  • Technical products: 11-522-X201700014741
    Description:

    Statistics Canada’s mandate includes producing statistical data to shed light on current business issues. The linking of business records is an important aspect of the development, production, evaluation and analysis of these statistical data. As record linkage can intrude on one’s privacy, Statistics Canada uses it only when the public good is clear and outweighs the intrusion. Record linkage is experiencing a revival triggered by a greater use of administrative data in many statistical programs. There are many challenges to business record linkage. For example, many administrative files not have common identifiers, information is recorded is in non-standardized formats, information contains typographical errors, administrative data files are usually large in size, and finally the evaluation of multiple record pairings makes absolute comparison impractical and sometimes impossible. Due to the importance and challenges associated with record linkage, Statistics Canada has been developing a record linkage standard to help users optimize their business record linkage process. For example, this process includes building on a record linkage blocking strategy that reduces the amount of record-pairs to compare and match, making use of Statistics Canada’s internal software to conduct deterministic and probabilistic matching, and creating standard business name and address fields on Statistics Canada’s Business Register. This article gives an overview of the business record linkage methodology and looks at various economic projects which use record linkage at Statistics Canada, these include projects in the National Accounts, International Trade, Agriculture and the Business Register.

    Release date: 2016-03-24

  • Technical products: 11-522-X201700014708
    Description:

    Statistics Canada’s Household Survey Frames (HSF) Programme provides various universe files that can be used alone or in combination to improve survey design, sampling, collection, and processing in the traditional “need to contact a household model.” Even as surveys are migrating onto these core suite of products, the HSF is starting to plan the changes to infrastructure, organisation, and linkages with other data assets in Statistics Canada that will help enable a shift to increased use of a wide variety of administrative data as input to the social statistics programme. The presentation will provide an overview of the HSF Programme, foundational concepts that will need to be implemented to expand linkage potential, and will identify strategic research being under-taken toward 2021.

    Release date: 2016-03-24

  • Technical products: 11-522-X201700014749
    Description:

    As part of the Tourism Statistics Program redesign, Statistics Canada is developing the National Travel Survey (NTS) to collect travel information from Canadian travellers. This new survey will replace the Travel Survey of Residents of Canada and the Canadian resident component of the International Travel Survey. The NTS will take advantage of Statistics Canada’s common sampling frames and common processing tools while maximizing the use of administrative data. This paper discusses the potential uses of administrative data such as Passport Canada files, Canada Border Service Agency files and Canada Revenue Agency files, to increase the efficiency of the NTS sample design.

    Release date: 2016-03-24

  • Technical products: 11-522-X201700014719
    Description:

    Open Data initiatives are transforming how governments and other public institutions interact and provide services to their constituents. They increase transparency and value to citizens, reduce inefficiencies and barriers to information, enable data-driven applications that improve public service delivery, and provide public data that can stimulate innovative business opportunities. As one of the first international organizations to adopt an open data policy, the World Bank has been providing guidance and technical expertise to developing countries that are considering or designing their own initiatives. This presentation will give an overview of developments in open data at the international level along with current and future experiences, challenges, and opportunities. Mr. Herzog will discuss the rationales under which governments are embracing open data, demonstrated benefits to both the public and private sectors, the range of different approaches that governments are taking, and the availability of tools for policymakers, with special emphasis on the roles and perspectives of National Statistics Offices within a government-wide initiative.

    Release date: 2016-03-24

  • Technical products: 11-522-X201700014738
    Description:

    In the standard design approach to missing observations, the construction of weight classes and calibration are used to adjust the design weights for the respondents in the sample. Here we use these adjusted weights to define a Dirichlet distribution which can be used to make inferences about the population. Examples show that the resulting procedures have better performance properties than the standard methods when the population is skewed.

    Release date: 2016-03-24

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