High Level Principles for Data Integration - Principle Three - Integrator's Accountability

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A responsible ‘integrating authority’ will be nominated for each statistical data integration proposal.

This principle sets out the responsibilities of integrating authorities to manage the data integration project from start to finish in line with the agreements made with data custodians and requirements as part of approval processes.

An integrating authority must be identified for each statistical data integration proposal. This authority will be held responsible for the sound conduct of the statistical data integration proposed, in line with the agreed requirements of the responsible agencies.

Although the integrating authority is the single organisation ultimately accountable for the Statistical Data Integration project, it may work with a network of agencies to achieve the data integration, for example it might use another agency to undertake linkage or to support dissemination.

The integrating authority will ensure appropriate governance is in place including:

  • an open approval process is followed;
  • documentation of the proposal;
  • the impact on privacy;
  • risks have been assessed, managed and mitigated;
  • the expected costs and benefits; and
  • the outputs.

A family of data integration projects using the same source datasets, for similar purposes, with the same integrating authority, may be treated as a single program for the purposes of the approval process.

The integrating authority will be responsible for the ongoing management of the integrated data, ensuring it is kept secure, confidential and fit for the purposes for which it was approved.

If it is an ongoing project, the integrating authority will be responsible for initiating and managing its regular review, in consultation with source data agencies.