Find out what government workers think about our statistical information.
Reweighted government employee results from the 2011 Use and Trust in Official Statistics Survey
See updated results of the 2011 survey, based on reweighting done in May 2012. The reweighting took account of the number of employees in each agency. This means the results reflect the target population more accurately than the original results.
The Use and Trust in Official Statistics Survey 2011 asked questions about government workers’ level of awareness of government statistics, their trust and use of them, the importance of the statistics, and how they accessed statistics. Respondents came from a wide range of government departments, Cown entities, and other government organisations.
This survey is based on the Use and Trust in Official Statistics Survey 2010. The questionnaire from the 2010 survey was adjusted for the new respondent group, with key questions retained to allow for comparability between surveys.
We commissioned an external research agency, Research New Zealand, to collect the data to preserve independence of the results. Their findings are outlined in this report.
Official statistics are the cornerstone of effective government. They underpin democracy by providing New Zealanders with credible information to enable us to monitor and understand our society. Statistics NZ is the main provider of official statistics, and also has a leadership role over all official statistics produced across government (known as the Official Statistics System). This ensures effective coordination and avoids unnecessary duplication of requests for information.
Read or download the original report from 'Available files' above. If you have problems viewing the files, see Opening files and PDFs.
Citation: Research New Zealand (2012). Use and Trust in Official Statistics Survey 2011 – government workers. Available from www.stats.govt.nz.
Page originally published May 2012 and updated 18 October 2012