Official statistics


A level


6m 40s
In this podcast on research methods, we examine the use of official statistics as a source of secondary data. Using examples, the strengths and weaknesses of using official statistics are critically discussed.

1. Listen to the podcast and make notes

2. Explain with examples the meaning of official statistics

3. Outline the difference between ‘hard statistics’ and ‘soft statistics’

4. Why are interpretivist sociologists particularly critical of official statistics?

5. What does the term non-official statistics refer to?

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