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Official Statistics provide very accurate figures on a huge range of topics. Official Statistics don’t always capture the whole story. For example, in terms of crime statistics , Police Recorded Crime figures do not tell us about crimes that have taken place but have not been reported Official statistics are an invaluable source of secondary information for sociologists Official statistics must be treated with caution as they do not always measure exactly what you want them to Official Statistic can cover many areas of social life. For example, education, marriage and health. Official statistics are sometimes collected by civil servants and not Sociologists and they decide what to include (and to leave out) A lot of research has been done for you if you use them. This saves a lot of time for researchers Official statistics can be low in validity.
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Unformatted text preview: For example, if the findings of a survey are embarrassing they may not be released to the public. Official statistics are quantitative data (numbers). These information are consistent and can show high levels of reliability Official statistics are collected on an on-going basis enabling us to spot trends over time. Official statistics are easy to get hold of. For example, from the library or the internet. Official statistics may hold outdated information. For example, the Census is conducted every 10 years. Official statistics are done using large samples. This is useful for making comparisons over time, nationally or internationally. Information presented as numbers/figures (quantitative) doesn’t give sociologists detailed answers, or reasons / opinions...
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