About Whole Population Data Analysis

We analyse data from the entire New Zealand population to understand health and social functioning.

COMPASS pioneered census microdata access through Statistics New Zealand's datalab in 2005, with a large project examining trends in family wellbeing. We went on to publish reports supporting other researchers in their use of census data sets, and continued to push the envelope with what Statistics New Zealand let researchers do with their data, extracting high-level tables for simulation outside the datalab, and being closely involved when projects for remote access to the datalab came to light as early as 2008.

More recently we have worked a lot with the New Zealand Longitudinal Census, including creating weights to correct for biases in the representation of different groups in society, and have moved on to linking in other data sets through the Integrated Data Infrastructure.