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Why?

Why do government agencies collect statistics? That depends on the agency, the agency's mission, etc.

  • meet constitutional requirement (to conduct a census)
  • meet legislative requirements
  • inform the development of policies
  • inform funding and resource allocation
  • determine, plan, monitor, evaluate, and manage programs
  • meet international commitments

(Modified from the reasons given by the New Zealand Ministry of Health.)