Accessing our microdata

We are responsible for data collected to monitor and evaluate programmes and campaigns, data collected in cooperation with others, and data entrusted into our care by other organisations. 

HPA aims to maximise access to survey datasets while ensuring responsible use that protects individual information. This is regarded as an important way of increasing the benefit gained from the IP and data collected.

What information is available?

Have a look at our available data to get an idea of what is possible for your research project. A dataset on this list may or may not be available to access. However, please feel free to contact us about it.

Who can access datasets?

Our datasets are potentially available for statistical purposes to researchers working within academic institutions, government agencies and the wider health sector, subject to certain conditions.

Safety and security

Good statistical practice and our ethical obligations to survey participants require that information collected through our surveys, particularly personal information that could be used to identify individuals, is treated as confidential and stored securely.

We must balance the benefits of Microdata access with our obligations to hold data securely and protect the confidentiality of information supplied by individuals. Failing to adequately protect individual information potentially reduces public trust and confidence in us, and wider government, which in turn affects the ongoing quality of IP and data collections.

Policy

We have developed a Data Access Policy for External Researchers. This policy applies to all researchers who request access to our IP and Data, and outlines our procedures for providing access to our survey data and the application and approval process.

How to gain access

If you are interested in accessing our survey data for your own research, please do the following:

Step 1. Read the HPA Data Access Policy for External Researchers

Familiarise yourself with any information about the data set you are interested in that is available on this website.

Step 2. Download and complete an application form and return it to us both electronically and in hard copy. 

If you have any queries about this process or would like to check the availability of the data set you are interested in, please email research@hpa.org.nz 

Step 3. Completed application forms can be sent to:

Research 
Health Promotion Agency
PO Box 2142
Wellington 6140
New Zealand

Please note, a full application process may take up to a couple of months from the time we receive your application.

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