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Statistics and Data: Evaluating Statistics

Sources of Australian and international statistics and data.

How to evaluate statistics

It is important to evaluate statistical sources and data. Questions to ask include:

  • Are the statistics relevant to your research? Look at the type, depth and time range of data, and consider possible biases.
  • Are the statistics reliable? Are they from an authoritative source such as government or a recognised international organisation?
  • What methodology was used? Many sources of statistics document the methodology used.

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Look at the Help links inside individual databases and websites.

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