Statistical Standard for Sexual Identity: Consultation

Statistical Standard for Sexual Identity: Consultation

Stats NZ seeks your feedback on sexual orientation and the development of a statistical standard for sexual identity.

The consultation papers outline the proposed framework for sexual orientation, the definitions of related terms, and sexual identity question examples. These components will form the basis of a statistical standard for sexual identity.

The objective of a statistical standard for sexual identity is to encourage and guide data collectors towards a standardised approach when collecting information on sexual identity.

Submissions open on 10 April and close at 9am on 01 May 2018. Please use the form for your submission.

What are we doing? 

Stats NZ and other government agencies are developing a statistical standard for sexual identity within the sexual orientation framework.

The standard will guide how to collect, organise, and describe sexual identity data. It will also be used to produce sexual identity data, which can help sexual minority populations, government, and other organisations in their planning, monitoring, and decision-making. A classification is a component of the standard.

Why are we doing this? 

Currently there is no standardised approach for collecting and reporting sexual orientation or sexual identity in New Zealand. This limits the consistency and comparability of information, and also limits the ability of policy-makers to quantify issues that affect populations of particular sexual orientations.

We established an across-government working group that proposed a framework for sexual orientation. The group is working to develop a statistical standard to guide how sexual identity information is collected and reported.

How are we doing this?

The working group has proposed a sexual orientation framework, defined terms, and established question outlines for sexual identity. This work is based on how other international agencies collect and structure sexual orientation information, and research carried out by Stats NZ.

We are ready to present these proposals to the public and to seek feedback.

The framework components for feedback will eventually feed into the statistical standard for sexual identity. The submission process will help us gauge public response and acceptance – to make sure we are on track with public thinking.

Note: we are not collecting data on sexual identity, but we are gauging public response to our proposals.

What happens after the consultation?

The working group will collate and analyse the submissions. Changes will be made to the framework, definitions, and questions if required. The group will formalise a framework for sexual orientation, and draft a statistical standard for sexual identity – based on the submissions and the working group’s expertise.

The draft statistical standard for sexual identity will be open to further consultation before it is finalised. We aim to release the statistical standard for sexual identity later in 2018.

Is Stats NZ developing a statistical standard for sexual identity to collect information?

We are developing a statistical standard for New Zealand’s data system. Any agency, organisation, or individual can use our standards to guide them with their data collections.

Stats NZ is including a sexual identity question in a major household survey in 2018.

Once the statistical standard for sexual identity is released, when Stats NZ collects sexual identity information we will use the standard.

Source: Stats NZ

 

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