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Core Questions Module

Core questions are a key set of questions used in social and household surveys to collect important demographic information such as age, sex, and ethnicity in a consistent way.

By using standard questions we can compare the results of one survey with those from other social surveys. We can also use statistical techniques to combine data from different surveys. This expands our understanding of New Zealand's social environment.

Statistics New Zealand's vision and objectives in maintaining a set of core demographic questions are as follows:

Vision

The core questions project provides the means to integrate data in the social surveys programme through inclusion of essential explanatory variables and increases the relevance, coherence, and timeliness of social survey developments.

Objectives

Relevance

The core questions project aims to ensure that surveys include essential explanatory variables that identify key sub-groups of the population or that contribute to variation in outcomes.

Coherence

The core questions project aims to improve the consistency and comparability of data across social surveys through common standards and business processes, both within Statistics NZ and across government.

Efficiency

The core questions project aims to reduce survey development time and costs through a set of standard questions and the availability of a ready programmed, tested module.

If you would like to know more about core questions, please email the Collection Methods team at info@stats.govt.nz

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