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IDENTIFICATION AND CONSULTATION WITH DATA USERS – TANZANIA EXPERIENCE. Presentated by Irenius Ruyobya National Bureau of Statistics Tanzania September, 2010. Outline of the Presentation. Introduction History of the Census in Tanzania Population of Tanzania

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Identification and consultation with data users tanzania experience

IDENTIFICATION AND CONSULTATION WITH DATA USERS – TANZANIA EXPERIENCE

Presentated by

IreniusRuyobya

National Bureau of Statistics

Tanzania

September, 2010


Outline of the presentation

Outline of the Presentation

  • Introduction

  • History of the Census in Tanzania

  • Population of Tanzania

  • Mandate to Conduct the Census

  •  Identification and Consultation

    • Experiences from the Last Census

    • Consultative Process

  • Challenges


Introduction

Introduction

  • A census is an expensive statistical operation, consisting of a complex series of interrelated steps, which a country undertakes;

  • The ultimate goal of the census operation is to provide the government and other stakeholders with essential statistics on the socio-economic conditions of a population;

  • Identification and consultation with data users before the data collection exercise is crucial if that goal is to be achieved.


History of the census in tanzania

History of the Census in Tanzania

  • The population censuses in Tanzania dates back to 1910;

  • However, the first scientific census took place in 1958;

  • Four censuses have been conducted since independence in 1961, (1967, 1978, 1988 and 2002);

  • The fifth post independence census is scheduled for 2012.


Population of tanzania census counts and projected population

Population of Tanzania – Census counts and Projected Population


Mandate to conduct the census

Mandate to Conduct the Census

  • Population and Housing Censuses in Tanzania are carried out in accordance with the Statistics Act No. 1, 2002; The Act, inter alia, mandates the NBS to conduct Population and Housing Census within the United Republic of Tanzania.

  • However, census is national issue and therefore involvement of Government leadership and machinery is essential.

  • To ensure, the involvement of national leadership, there is a Central Census Committee chaired by the Prime Minister that provides general guidelines and mobilize the required resources.

  • Similar committees are also available at lower administrative levels i.e the regions and distrits.


Identification and consultation with data users in the last census

Identification and Consultation with Data Users in the last Census

Identification of users was based on intended use of population

census information. Based on that criterion, users were identified from:

  • Government Ministries and Departments;

  • Local authorities;

  • International Organizations;

  • Research institutions;

  • Business community;

  • Media;

  • Religious organizations; and

  • Community based organizations


Consultative process

Consultative Process

  • The user consultation process in terms of census information was a major factor in the development of topics to be investigated and the dissemination programme after census information have been collected;

  • However, consultative meetings were held at the national levelonly (shortcoming).


Consultative process1

Consultative Process

Major objective of those meetings were:

  • To give an overview to users on the planned census;

  • To present a list of topics to be investigated in the census;

  • To inform our major users on improvement and initiatives for the forthcoming census, including key changes to the questionnaires, classification and other processes; and

  • To discuss the dissemination strategies after release of census information.


Consultative process2

Consultative Process

Five major steps were observed :

  • Step 1: Identification of the topics (draft) to be investigatedbased on:

    • Historyof the country,

    • Prioritiesprevailing at that moment,

    • Recommendationsfrom international bodies

    • Costs; and

    • relevance of the topics to be investigated.

  • Step 2: Topics sent to potential users for comments;

  • Step 3: Producer – Users meetings.

  • Step 4: Draft questionnaire were pretested and piloted.

  • Step 5: “Final version” of the questionnaire (which included) observations of the pilot test was again presented to major data users for final comments


Challenges

Challenges

A number of challenges were observed in these meetings:

  • Limited knowledge by users on usefulness, advantages, disadvantages and limitations of a census;

  • Some users requested the inclusion of questions that can only be administered in a specialized survey;

  • Other demands were also on issues that were against the Government policy e.g questions on religion and tribes.


Challenges cont d

Challenges (Cont’d)

  • Some of these users were of the opinion that “cheap” alternative method could be used to generate the required information rather than a census that is expensive.

  • Demand that for census data to be useful then results must be produced within a very short time after enumeration, e.g. within two months.


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