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Sign
Sign

Concepts

Something that suggests the presence or existence of a fact, condition, or quality.

It is a perceivable object. This object is used to denote a Concept as a Designation.

 

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Statement
Statement

Business

A report of facts in an Instrument

Statements are often included to provide further explanation to respondents. Example:

"The following questions are about your health"

 

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Statistical Activity
Statistical Activity

Business

The set of executed processes and the actual resources required as inputs and produced as outputs to investigate the characteristics of a given Population for a particular reference period. It may describe process and resources required to acquire (Acquisition Activity), produce (Production Activity), and disseminate (Dissemination Activity) data in a Statistical Program.

A Statistical Activity includes the run-time information used to actually execute a set of processes. Activities occur in the context of each Statistical Program Cycle and execute a particular Statistical Program Design.

 

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Statistical Need
Statistical Need

Business

A requirement, request or other notification that will be considered by an organization. A Statistical Need does not have necessarily have structure or format - it is a 'raw' need as received by the organization. A Statistical Need may be of a variety of types including Environmental Change or Information Request.

The Statistical Need is a proposed or imposed change as it has been received by an organization. A Statistical Need is a raw expression of a proposed change, and is not necessarily well-defined. A related object - Change Definition - is created when a Statistical Need is analyzed by an organization. Change Definition expresses the raw need in well-defined, structured terms.
Once a Statistical Need has been received, the first step is to do the conceptual work to establish what it is we are trying to measure. The final output of this conceptual work is the Change Definition.

In some cases, the Statistical Need can result from the Assessment of the quality, efficiency, etc. of an existing process.

 

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Statistical Program
Statistical Program

Business

A set of activities to investigate characteristics of a given Population. It describes the purpose and context of a set of Statistical Activities.

The Statistical Program is one of a family of objects that provide the environmental context in which a set of statistical activities is conducted. Statistical Program is the top level object that describes the purpose and objectives of a set of activities. Statistical Program will usually correspond to an ongoing activity such as a survey or output series. Some examples of Statistical Program are:

  • Labour Force Survey - Multipurpose Household Survey - National Accounts - Demography - Overseas Arrivals and Departures

    Related to the Statistical Program object there are Statistical Program Design and Statistical Program Cycle objects that hold the detailed information about the design and conduct of the Statistical Activity.

    In the case of the traditional approach, an organization has received a Statistical Need and produced a Change Definition and an approved Business Case. The Business Case will specify either a change to the design or methodology of an existing Statistical Program, which will result in a new Statistical Program Design; or a change to one or more existing Statistical Programs (for example, to add an additional objective to the Statistical Program); or result in a new Statistical Program being created.

 

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Statistical Program Cycle
Statistical Program Cycle

Business

A set of activities to investigate characteristics of a given Population for a particular reference period.

A Statistical Program Cycle documents the execution of an iteration of a Statistical Program according to the associated Statistical Program Design for a certain reference period. It identifies the activities that are undertaken as a part of the cycle and the specific resources required and processes used and description of relevant methodological information used in this cycle defined by the Statistical Program Design.

 

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Statistical Program Design
Statistical Program Design

Business

The specification of the resources required and processes used and description of relevant methodological information about the set of activities investigating characteristics of a given Population. Includes the Statistical Activities that are required to acquire (Acquisition Activity), produce (Production Activity), and disseminate (Dissemination Activity) data in a Statistical Program.

The Statistical Program Design is one of a family of objects that provide the operational context in which a set of statistical activities is conducted.

A simple example is where a Statistical Program relates to a single survey, for example, the Labour Force Survey. The Statistical Program will have a series of Statistical Program Design objects that describe the methodology and design used throughout the life of the survey. When a methodological change is made to the survey, a new Statistical Program Design is created to record the details of the new design.

 

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Subject Field
Subject Field

Concepts

One or more Concept Systems used for the grouping of Concepts and Categories for the production of statistics.

A Subject Field is a field of special knowledge under which a set of Concepts and their Designations is used. For example, labour market, environmental expenditure, tourism, etc.

subject area, theme

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Survey Instrument
Survey Instrument

Business

A specialized kind of Instrument used for the explicit purpose of gathering statistical data.

Survey Instrument is a tool used to gather information from a Data Resource. It can be applied in several ways using different formats and modes, for example, as paper forms in face-to-face interviews, as online self-administered interviews, as computer-assisted questionnaires in telephone interviews, as electronic templates downloaded from the web and returned via email. The Survey Instrument provides a generic description of the data collection form independent of the format and mode.

 

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Survey Population
Survey Population

Concepts

A Population for which information can be obtained in a survey.

A Population which can realistically be studied (example: people currently residing in the province of Ontario not in an institution nor in a remote northern location nor temporarily out of the province). The Survey Population is therefore often a subset of the Target Population

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