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Beyond 2011 Research Reports provide in-depth information on the various research work than 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 to date are given below.

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

Beyond 2011 Public Attitudes Research: Report on 2010 focus group research

This paper provides the results from a set of focus groups carried out by the Data Collection Methodology Census and Social branch (DCMCS) of the Office for National Statistics. The research was carried out to explore public attitudes towards data sharing.  It led on from a quantitative study which was conducted by the Beyond 2011 team in 2009. The aim of the focus groups was to gauge public opinion on the use of administrative data, the creation of a social statistics database and the creation of a social register. 

This report details the findings of the focus groups with a view to informing future strategies for communicating with the general public. It is one of a series of papers being published providing details of the public acceptability research undertaken by the Beyond 2011 Programme.

Beyond 2011 Public Attitudes Research: Report on 2012 focus group research

This paper provides the results from a set of focus groups carried out by the Data Collection Methodology branch (DCMCS) of the Office for National Statistics. The research was carried out to explore public attitudes towards data sharing. This work leads on from earlier research carried out in February 2010 by DCMCS which looked public attitudes towards data sharing between government departments and from a quantitative study which was conducted by the Beyond 2011 team in 2009. The aim of the focus groups was to build on previously completed projects and to gauge public opinion on the use of administrative data, the creation of a social statistics database and the creation of a social register.

This report will detail the findings of the focus groups with a view to informing future strategies for communicating with the general public. This document is one of a series of papers being published providing details of the public attitudes research undertaken by the Beyond 2011 Programme.

Beyond 2011 Public Attitudes Research: Report on 2012 Opinions and Lifestyle Survey

This paper provides the results from a module of questions run on the Opinions and Lifestyle Survey in 2012. The research was carried out to explore public attitudes towards census-taking and the sharing and holding of personal information for statistical purposes. It was designed to assess public understanding and gather information on views about how the Government collects, holds and shares socio-demographic information. The research built upon a previous survey module run in 2009 and focus groups carried out in 2010.

This document is one of a series of papers being published providing details of the public acceptability research undertaken by the Beyond 2011 Programme.

Beyond 2011 Public Attitudes Research: Report on 2013 Opinions and Lifestyle Survey


This research paper provides an overview of findings from a module of questions run on the ONS Opinions and Lifestyle Survey in 2013. It leads on from other public attitudes survey research carried out in 2009 and 2012 and two waves of focus group research carried out in 2010 and 2012.

The aim of the research was to gauge public opinion on:

  • other organisations sharing personal information with ONS;

  • ONS using personal information for statistical purposes; and,

  • permanent or temporary storage of personal data by ONS.

This document is one of a series of papers being published that provide details of the public attitudes research undertaken by the Beyond 2011 Programme.

Beyond 2011 Public Attitudes Research: Report on 2013 Cognitive Testing by Independent Social Research Limited

This is the report of qualitative cognitive research carried out by Independent Social Research in three waves between January and May 2013. The first two waves were designed to test public understanding of an agreed list of words, terms and concepts that might be used by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) in connection with its Beyond 2011 programme. The third wave involved the testing of a set of survey questions on attitudes to the use of administrative data for statistical purposes, designed for the ONS Opinions and Lifestyle survey.

Ipsos MORI Dialogue on data: Exploring the public's view on changes to the census

This report describes the findings from a public dialogue on administrative data commissioned by
the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Office for National Statistics (ONS). The
overall objectives were to explore public understanding and views of administrative data and data
linking.

Beyond 2011: Population Coverage Survey Field Test 2013 (R5)

This paper provides a summary of a Population Coverage Survey field test run by the Programme in February 2013 to understand how address history information could help improve the quality of matching of coverage survey data to administrative sources.

Beyond 2011: Rolling Census Performance Update (R4)

This paper presents results from a study to consider whether an indicative rolling census design could deliver outputs that meet the quality criteria set out by the Beyond 2011 Programme. It is the follow up to the original papers below, which set out the rolling census concept, considered how it has been applied successfully in France and described some possible designs for implementing a rolling census in the United Kingdom and the implications for our statistics.

Beyond 2011: Administrative Data Models - Research Using Aggregate Data (R3)

This paper reports findings from trials of models that estimate population totals and sub group counts by age and sex at national and local level using aggregated administrative data. It sets out the rationale for the models, describes the methods that have been applied and gives an overview of how the estimates that they produce compare with 2011 Census population estimates and with the unadjusted administrative data.

Beyond 2011: Exploring the feasibility of a Rolling Census Design for England (R2a)

This paper is the full technical report of the ESRC commissioned research project mentioned above.

Beyond 2011: Exploring the feasibility of a Rolling Census (R2)

This paper summarises key findings from an ESRC commissioned research project to explore the feasibility of implementing a rolling census design in the British context. The full technical report is also available.

Beyond 2011: A Review of International Approaches to Estimating and Adjusting for Under- and Over-Coverage (R1)

This paper provides a summary of the research carried out on how other countries approach their estimation and adjustment of under-and over-coverage. The paper reviews the methods used and the implications for Beyond 2011.

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