Analysis Unit (Study)


The unit being analysed.

1IndividualAny individual person, irrespective of demographic characteristics, professional, social or legal status, or affiliation.
2OrganizationAny kind of formal administrative and functional structure - includes associations, institutions, agencies, businesses, political parties, schools, etc.
3FamilyTwo or more people related by blood, marriage (including step-relations), adoption or fostering and who may or may not live together (National Community Services Data Dictionary, Vers 3, AIHW, 2004). For example, used when researching the extent to which people provide support and assistance for their relatives.
4Family:Household FamilyA more specific term, refers only to related people who live in the same household at a point in time. If not known whether the analysis unit is "Family" or "Household family", use "Family".
5HouseholdA person or a group of persons who share the same dwelling unit and common living arrangements. These common living arrangements may include pooling some, or all, of their income and wealth, and consuming certain types of goods and services collectively, mainly housing and food (Eurostat).
6HousingUnitU.S. Census: A housing unit is a house, an apartment, a mobile home, a group of rooms, or a single room that is occupied (or if vacant, is intended for occupancy) as separate living quarters. Separate living quarters are those in which the occupants live and eat separately from any other persons in the building and which have direct access from the outside of the building or through a common hall.
7EventOrProcessAny type of incident, occurrence, or activity. Events are usually one-time, individual occurrences, with a limited, or short duration. Examples: criminal offenses, riots, meetings, elections, sports competitions, terrorist attacks, natural disasters like floods, etc. Processes typically take place over time, and may include multiple "events" or gradual changes that ultimately lead, or are projected to lead, to a particular result. Examples: court trials, criminal investigations, political campaigns, medical treatments, education, athletes' training, etc.
8GeographicUnitAny entity that can be spatially defined as a geographic area, with either natural (physical) or administrative boundaries.
9TimeUnitAny period of time: year, week, month, day, or bimonthly or quarterly periods, etc.
10TextUnitAny period of time: year, week, month, day, or bimonthly or quarterly periods, etc.
11GroupTwo or more individuals assembled together or having some unifying relationship.
12ObjectAnything material, but inanimate, that has an independent existence and may be perceived by the senses. Examples: objects of art (paintings, sculptures, etc.) or weapons, or vehicles, etc.
13OtherUse if the unit of analysis is known, but not found in the list.