Census 2021 outputs: content design and release phase proposals

Closes 5 Oct 2021

2c: Multivariate data

Multivariate tables include data from more than one variable. For example, a table on age by sex would provide estimates of the male population in each age group, and separate estimates of the female population in each age group.

In 2011, we provided this in two main sets of tables that were designed for different levels of geography. Generally, we made the Local Characteristics (LC) tables available for Output Areas (OAs) and above, but these tables contained less detailed classifications of the characteristics they covered. Similarly, we generally made the Detailed Characteristics (DC) tables available for Middle Layer Super Output Areas (MSOAs) and above. These tables contained more detailed classifications of the characteristics they covered. 


The model for 2021 will be somewhat different than for 2011. We’re introducing functionality for users to build their own tables, alongside the availability of a set of prescribed ready-made tables. 

Tables will not include totals or subtotals. We will apply the small cell key perturbation method to Census 2021 data as part of the disclosure control methodology. Data users should note that this may lead to slightly different estimates depending on how the tables were defined. 

The information you provide will be used to understand the extent to which our dataset presentation proposals meet users’ needs.  

Do the table specifications for ‘ready-made’ tables meet your needs?

The table specifications are provided in the “Ready made tables” tab of Draft proposals for outputs data content (XLS, 610KB).

Do you plan to use the ‘build-your-own’ tables from flexible datasets functionality?
Do the dataset specifications to ‘build-your-own’ tables from flexible datasets meet your needs?

The table specifications are provided in the “Build your own tables” tab in Draft proposals for outputs data content (XLS, 610KB).

 
Do the plans for Census 2021 analysis meet your needs?

Please note that there are separate questions on analysis plans for sexual orientation, gender identity, armed forces veterans and ethnic group in the relevant parts of section 3.  You do not need to provide your answers twice.

These plans are detailed in the Census 2021 analysis programme proposals (PDF, 504.8KB)