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Methods and Policies

Beyond 2011 Methods and Policies Papers provide in-depth information on the various policies being followed and methodological work that is being undertaken by the Programme.

Papers published in this category are available under Downloads to the right. Brief summaries of the most recent papers published in this category are provided below.

Other aspects of the work we are undertaking will be made available via reports to be published within the Research and Sources categories.

Beyond 2011: Final Options Report (O4)

This is the fourth and final report reviewing the statistical options assessed by the Beyond 2011 Programme. For this assessment new quality standards have been developed for population estimates by age and sex, and a new criterion relating to compliance with the Code of Practice for Official Statistics has been introduced. These have enabled a systematic assessment of what the two recommended approaches could deliver, and identification of where risks would lie in implementing each of them.

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ONS response to recommendations from the Independent Review of Methodology

ONS commissioned an independent review of its methodology (584.9 Kb Pdf) used to research new approaches to counting the population. This review was led by Chris Skinner, Professor of Statistics at the London School of Economics, and was published in November 2013. This report sets out ONS's response to each of the 29 recommendations made by the review team, all of which ONS accepts. It  includes references to ongoing research where relevant.

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Beyond 2011: Statistical Research Update (M13)

This paper provides an update on the research that has been done since summer 2013, and provides a summary of the first phase of the Programme.  The paper covers progress on four key research areas: anonymous matching; statistical population datasets (SPDs); estimation; and some case studies showing the potential for the use of administrative data in producing statistics about population characteristics.

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Beyond 2011: Producing Socio-demographic Statistics 2 (M12)

This paper updates the research presented in an original paper, (Beyond 2011: Producing Socio-demographic Statistics (M4), published in February 2013) into the production of socio-demographic statistics using a continuous survey combined, where possible in due course with administrative data.

This is an amended version of the paper initially published on 11th October.

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Beyond 2011: Quality Assurance of Methodological Research carried out by the Beyond 2011 Programme (M11)

This paper provides an overview of the different quality assurance processes that are in place for the statistical work undertaken within Beyond 2011, the aim of each and the key outcomes to date.

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Beyond 2011: Safeguarding Data for Research: Our Policy (M10)

This paper sets out the context for why we are safeguarding data and explains what we do to safeguard data at three points in time;

  • When it comes in

  • While we are using it

  • At the output stage

It also covers the ONS approach to safeguarding the privacy and security of personal data it may need to handle in implementing any administrative data based solution for the generation of population statistics and characteristics.

The paper summarises the legal, regulatory and ethical governance regimes that apply to everything ONS does.

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Beyond 2011: Matching Anonymous Data (M9)

This paper supports the paper Beyond 2011: Producing Population Estimates Using Administrative Data, and contains a detailed account of how we have met the challenge of matching anonymised data. It will outline our methods, and include detail about the quality of matching that we have achieved, mainly though a large test using census quality assurance data.

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Beyond 2011: Producing Population Estimates Using Administrative Data: In Theory (M8)

This paper supports the paper ‘Producing Population Estimates’, and contains a more detailed methodology about how, in theory, population estimates would be produced using a record-level administrative data approach. It covers the coverage survey design, the estimation framework and findings from simulation studies.

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Beyond 2011 Producing Population Estimates Using Administrative Data: In Practice (M7)

This paper supports the paper ‘Producing Population Estimates’, and contains a more detailed methodology about how, in practice, population estimates can be produced using a record-level administrative data approach.

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Beyond 2011 Producing Population Estimates Using Administrative Data (M6)

This paper presents information on how population estimates can be produced using administrative data. This report evaluates the quality of population estimates produced using a record-level administrative source-based approach.

The paper is supported by 3 further papers released simultaneously:

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Beyond 2011: The Options Explained 3 (M5)

This paper provides a second updating and brief explanation of the options under consideration and a summary of progress in drawing a shortlist of the options to be taken forward. It revises the thinking in the original Options Explained paper and its successor, the Options Explained 2, to take account of our latest research.

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Beyond 2011: Producing Socio-demographic Statistics (M4)

This paper focuses on the production of socio-demographic statistics (population & household characteristics such as ethnicity or car ownership). An integrated design is proposed bringing together administrative data with data collected directly via a survey to deliver outputs of the required quality.

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Beyond 2011 Options Explained 2 (M3)

This paper provides an updated overview and brief explanation of the options under consideration and a summary of progress in drawing a shortlist of the options to be taken forward. It revises the thinking in the original Options Explained paper to take account of recent research.

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Beyond 2011: Exploring the Challenges of Using Administrative Data (M2)

This paper examines the statistical challenges associated with using administrative sources to estimate the size of the population. The key issues for coverage assessment are discussed and approaches to over-coverage adjustment and coverage survey design are also explored.

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Beyond 2011: The Options Explained (M1)

This paper provides a simple introduction to the options being researched by the Beyond 2011 Programme.

If there is anything about our work you would like to discuss please contact us.

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