Linking surveys with administrative records is regarded as a useful and cost‐effective means of supplementing survey data collection with existing administrative sources. Evidence of the widespread practice of linking surveys with administrative data is reflected in Table 25.1, which shows a selection of large‐scale surveys and the types of administrative data they link to. The types of administrative data linked to these and other surveys vary considerably, but most often include social security records, tax and benefit records, healthcare enrollment and billing records, and education records.
Table 25.1 A selection of large‐scale surveys that link survey records to administrative records.
|Name of survey||Country||Type of administrative data|
|45 and Up Study||Australia||Admitted patient; emergency department; cancer registry, mortality; medicare benefits schedule; pharmaceutical benefits scheme data|
|Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health (ALSWH)||Australia||Admitted patients data; cancer registry; perinatal data|
|Canadian Community Health Survey (CCHS)||Canada||Data on deaths; hospital records; medical services; ...|