• Administrative Data Taskforce (ADT) report published December 2012 with key recommendations

    December 26th, 2012  

    The ADT has collated input from a range of stakeholders in the UK into this comprehensive report, giving key recommendations on how to make administrative available for research. These include:

    • An Administrative Data Research Centre (ADRC) should be established in each of the four countries in the UK
    • Legislation should be enacted to facilitate research access to administrative data and to allow data linkage between departments to take place more efficiently
    • A single UK-wide researcher accreditation process, built on national and international best practice should be established
    • A strategy for engaging with the public should be instituted
    • Sufficient funds should be put in place to support improved research access to and linkage between administrative data

    While this promotes further awareness and utilisation of administrative data in the UK, its emphasis is on administrative data for research purposes. geocreate can advise  on the use of administrative data to inform planning and intelligence for local authorities.

  • Data linkage paper published in PLOS ONE today

    November 15th, 2012  

    The paper, which utilised data linkage carried out by Gill Harper of geocreate that uniquely linked socio-sconomic, education and clinical data for the purpose of analysing the impact of asthma on school attainment for pupils in Tower Hamlets, London, is published today in the journal PLOS ONE. Working with the Centre for Primary Care and Public Health, Blizard Institute, Barts and The London Medical School, London and others, it was found that social adversity and ethnicity, but not asthma, are associated with poorer performance in national school examinations, and that policies should focus on these factors.

  • BSPS Annual Conference 10-12th September 2012

    September 12th, 2012  

    Gill Harper and Les Mayhew attended this year’s BSPS annual conference at the University of Nottingham. Much attention was given to the ONS Census and Beyond 2011 project, with many presentations discussing using administrative data to estimate populations and data linkage. geocreate and nkm have been employing these methods for over 10 years and are interested to see ONS’s progress in exploring this option. Les Mayhew presented ‘Re-thinking households – using administrative data to count and classify households’, outlining our methods for using administrative data for household statistics.

  • 32nd International Geographical Congress Cologne 26-30 August 2012

    September 4th, 2012  

    Gill Harper of geocreate presented at the ‘Population Geography in a Post-Census World’ session of the IGC conference. She put forward the administrative data methodology for counting local populations. The session proved to be an interesting showcase of alternative data sets to a survey-based Census and of how other European countries are managing with post-Census methods.

  • ‘Better information on households’ article in The Guardian

    August 1st, 2012  

    An article in today’s The Guardian describes the problem of the lack of accurate, up-to-date, household statistics in the UK and how the use of local administrative data can provide local household statistics with more policy relevant classifications. This is based on recent research carried out by Gill Harper and Les Mayhew at Cass Business School.

  • Census 2011 headline results released

    July 20th, 2012  

    ONS released headline population and household estimates for local authorities in England and Wales on the 16th July 2012, as well as Quality Assurance methodology packs and papers. All ONS Census 2011 estimates for the 6 Olympic boroughs that geocreate and nkm produced comparative estimates for have been significantly increased compared to previous Mid Year Estimates. The equivalent nkm minimum population estimates for these 6 boroughs are comparable with the Census results and within their 95% confidence intervals yet were delivered mostly with 3 months of Census day and all published by November 2011.  ONS used administrative data and other evidence – nkm estimates in some cases – to adjust Census survey counts to get these final estimates, demonstrating the value of administrative data and that the survey methodology used by the Census has not captured total populations.