Administrative data in Official Statistics

University of Southampton
Southampton, United Kingdom
Start - End
27 Apr - 30 Apr
Study Options
Full Time

This module is one of two taught modules which together with a placement module make up training to supplement the MSc in Official Statistics and leading to the EMOS (European Masters in Official Statistics) accreditation awarded by Eurostat. It covers the variety of administrative data which can be used in official statistics, the techniques by which they can be combined with other data sources and used as a basis for statistical outputs, and the way in which quality of data and estimates which use administrative data are assessed and maintained. It compares different situations around Europe to demonstrate particular points.


Data availability, data access, data law (compare and contrast different countries in Europe), consent.

  • Administrative Data. Sources; modes of collection, compilation and storage; quality of administrative data. Uses of administrative data in official statistics. Case study
  • Register based statistical systems.
  • Data security, matching, anonymisation, hashing.
  • Analysis methods for matched data; accounting for matching error
  • Big Data in Official Statistics, sources, access. Data quality, information content, data mining. Relationships and causality. Timeliness. Case study.
  • Storage, processing, selection/sampling for massive data sets.

Teaching and learning methods

A variety of methods will be used including lectures and workshops/tutorials, mixed in a 5 day course designed for students on release from the workplace. Students are also expected to read wider than the lecture material as part of their individual study, and to critically appraise different approaches.

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