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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 Official statistics may hold outdated information.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) doesnt give sociologists detailed answers, or reasons / opinions...
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- Spring '11