Here you will find various documents to support research and teaching, and related to ideas around data archiving, survey data and its use. We have a growing number of resources available, and will be adding more as time permits. A lot of our efforts here owe thanks to the fine work of summer students at COMPASS Research Centre over the last 3 or 4 years. You can browse by way of the list below or the tree in the right hand pane.
Enhanced Publications & Knowledge Products
Materials put together to support published articles related to some of our data sets and also other projects involving COMPASS Research Centre. Program code (in SAS) is available to allow users to reproduce analyses undertaken in the past.
Project: Enhancing Hospital Outcomes
The Ministry of Health maintains hospital discharge data through a large database called the National Minimum Dataset. Before performing analyses, the MoH carries out a number of steps to filter the data, to make comparisons valid across different data collections. The processes of setup and filtering are described and SAS code supplied.
Article: Do Hospital Bed Reduction and Multiple System Reform Affect Patient Mortality?
New Zealand went through four national health service market-oriented reforms 1988–2001. Area Health Boards -- Crown Health Enterprises -- Hospital and Health Services -- District Health Boards. During this time there was also a substantial reduction in the availability of inpatient beds. The impact of these hospital and system restructurings on the quality and pattern of care is an important issue of public policy concern.
Article: Early Sex and its Behavioural Consequences in New Zealand
The relationship between the trend towards earlier sexual intercourse and trends in other early sexual formative experiences has not been explored. The data examined in this paper were drawn from a two-stage national survey of sexual lifestyles among a representative sample of 2,361 adult New Zealanders aged 18-54. Results showed that over time, there was a consistent decline and diminishing gap in age of onset for first experience, first intercourse, and first regular partnership.
Article: Quality of Hospital Care for Māori Patients in New Zealand
The objective of this study was to assess discrepancies in the quality of hospital care among patients in New Zealand public hospitals, and to determine if a significant difference in care was detectable according to patient related factors. Furthermore, it was of interest to ascertain if the New Zealand indigenous minority - the Māori - received suboptimum treatment based on data involving preventable adverse events.
NZSSDS has been used in teaching at The University of Auckland, and we promote its use for such purposes in general. One postgraduate course in statistics has made extensive use of survey metadata and our teaching data set for the New Zealand Quality of Healthcare Study, while in sociology, postgraduates have been introduced to analysing social survey data in SPSS, using International Social Survey Programme surveys from NZSSDS. For more generic teaching/self-learning modules, we provide workbooks to support some of our more popular data holdings in introducing basic statistical analysis techniques in SPSS.
Workbook: ISSP Family & Gender Roles 2002
Follow through modules on: univariate analysis with one-way tables and recoding of variables; bivariate analysis with crosstabulation, correlation and its categorical equivalents, and Chi-Square tests; continuous variables with descriptive statistics, ANOVA, regression and other measures of association; dissemination with tables, graphs and tips for report writing.
Workbook: New Zealand Election Study 2008
Workbook: ISSP Social Inequality 2009