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The Principles and Recommendations for Population and Housing Censuses – Major changes

United Nations Statistics Division

Workshop on Census Cartography and Management, Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago,

22–26 October 2007


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World programmes Housing Censuses – Major changes

UN Statistical Commission

on censuses

Principles and recommendations

for population and housing censuses

1947

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84

87

94

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Year

Supplementary P&R

World Programmes Timeline

Workshop on Census Cartography and Management, Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago,

22–26 October 2007


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Map of the 2000 World Programme Housing Censuses – Major changes

The 2010 World Programme of Population and Housing Censuses and changes in the Principles and Recommendations for conducting censuses

Workshop on Census Cartography and Management, Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago,

22–26 October 2007


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2010 World Census Programme Housing Censuses – Major changes

Endorsed by the United Nations Statistical Commission in March 2005 and adopted by the United Nations Economic and Social Council in July 2005

Three essential goals of Programme:

for Member States to carry out a population and housing census during the period 2005-2014 and to disseminate census results in a timely manner

to agree on a set of acceptable international principles and recommendations governing the conduct of a census

to facilitate countries in conducting censuses

Workshop on Census Cartography and Management, Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago,

22–26 October 2007


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The revision of the United Nations Housing Censuses – Major changesPrinciples and Recommendations for Population and Housing Censuses

Workshop on Census Cartography and Management, Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago,

22–26 October 2007


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Revision of the Principles and Recommendations Housing Censuses – Major changes

Principles and Recommendations for Population and Housing Censuses, Rev. 2 adopted by the United Nations Statistical Commission in March 2007

English version available on UNSD website in September before translation into the other 5 UN official langages

http://unstats.un.org/unsd/demographic/sources/census/

census3.htm

Workshop on Census Cartography and Management, Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago,

22–26 October 2007


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Principles and Recommendations Housing Censuses – Major changes

Main features of the review process

  • Extensive international consultative process

  • Gradual process through regional and international consultations

    • Meetings

    • E-mail exchanges

    • On-line discussion forum

Workshop on Census Cartography and Management, Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago,

22–26 October 2007


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Principles and Recommendations - major changes Housing Censuses – Major changes

Orientation

  • Emphasis on production of outputs for evidence-based decision making

  • Recognition of an integrated statistical system for the production of outputs

  • Non-prescription of data sources for outputs

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22–26 October 2007


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Outputs/tabulations Housing Censuses – Major changes

  • Basic/essential tabulations

    • Top priority

    • Providing minimum statistics for countries in difficult circumstances

    • Population (20)

    • Housing (7)

  • Recommended tabulations

    • Adequate for meeting essential data needs for evidence-based planning, monitoring and implementation of national policies

    • Population (33)

    • Housing (19)

  • Optimal tabulations

    • Meet the needs of most data users nationally and internationally

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22–26 October 2007


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On the recommended tabulations Housing Censuses – Major changes

  • Reflect essential data needs - relevance at national and international levels

  • Potential for production of detailed statistics at lowest geographical level

  • Developed independently of source

  • Produced at least once in the period 2005-2014

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22–26 October 2007


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Set of recommended tabulations Housing Censuses – Major changes

  • Number of recommended by broad topic (51 tables)

    • Geographical and internal migration characteristics – 6

    • International migration characteristics – 4

    • Household and family characteristics – 3

    • Demographic and social characteristics – 2

    • Fertility and mortality - 4

    • Educational characteristics - 3

    • Economic characteristics – 8

    • Disability characteristics – 3

    • Housing characteristics - 19

  • Produced at least once in the period 2005-2014

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22–26 October 2007


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Metadata for recommended tabulations Housing Censuses – Major changes

  • All recommended tabulations require metadata

  • Metadata necessary for understanding underlying concepts and methodology

  • Type of metadata

    • Core topics represented

    • Source of statistics

    • Type of population count

    • Definition of urban/rural

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22–26 October 2007


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Core topics Housing Censuses – Major changes

  • Main variables for recommended tabulations

    • Population - 31 core topics with 25 direct and 6 derived

    • Housing - 21 core topics

  • Permit national and international comparability of data by use of common concepts and definitions

  • Developed through international consultative process

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22–26 October 2007


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Non-core to core Housing Censuses – Major changes

Date of birth of the last child born alive

Births in the past 12 months

Household deaths in the past 12 months

Deaths among children born in the past 12 months

Country of birth

Year or period of arrival

Disability status

Core to non-core

Time worked

Alternate core topics

Place of previous residence

Place of residence at a specified date in the past

Changes in core topics - Population

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22–26 October 2007


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New core Housing Censuses – Major changes

Fuel used for cooking

Main source of drinking water

Information technology and communication devices in the household

Core to non-core

Year or period of construction

Useful floor space

Rental and owner-occupied housing costs

Separate core topics – previously one

Type of toilet

Sewage disposal

Changes in core topics – Housing

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22–26 October 2007


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Principles and Recommendations - major changes Housing Censuses – Major changes

  • Introducing definition of Place of usual residence

    (a) The place at which the person has lived continuously for most of the last 12 months (that is, for at least six months and one day), not including temporary absences for holidays or work assignments, or intends to live for at least six months; OR

    (b) The place at which the person has lived continuously for at least the last 12 months, not including temporary absences for holidays or work assignments, or intends to live for at least 12 months.

  • Impact on regional and international data comparability

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22–26 October 2007


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Principles and Recommendations - major changes Housing Censuses – Major changes

New classification of living quarters that:

  • With clearer distinction between conventional and non-conventional housing units

  • Enlarges the taxonomy of collective living quarters

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22–26 October 2007


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Living quarters Housing Censuses – Major changes

Housing units

Collective living quarters

Conven.

dwellings

Hotels

Basic

dwellings

Insti-

tutions

Temp.

Hous. units

Camps

Mobile

Hous. units

Other

Marginal

Hous. units

Impro-

vised

Not for habit.

Other

Principles and Recommendations – major changes: Previous classification of living quarters

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Living quarters Housing Censuses – Major changes

Collective living quarters

Housing units

Conventional

dwellings

Other housing units

Hospitals

Hotels

Correctional

Mobile

Hous. units

Has all basic facilities

Institutions

Military

Camps

Temp.

Hous. units

Religious

Does not have all basic facilities

Other

Marginal

Hous. units

Retirement

Students

Improvised

Not for habitation

Other

Staff quarters

Principles and Recommendations – major changes: Revision 2 classification of living quarters

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22–26 October 2007


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Principles and Recommendations - major changes Housing Censuses – Major changes

Alternative approaches

  • Introducing elaboration of alternative approaches

    • Traditional census – most countries

    • Register based census

    • Rolling surveys (with national variants)

  • UNSD website – national examples of alternative approaches

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22–26 October 2007


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Concerns raised against traditional censuses Housing Censuses – Major changes

  • Periodicity of data production

  • Prohibitive costs

  • Untimeliness of census results

  • Under-coverage

  • In some cases questionable data quality

  • Inflexibility

Workshop on Census Cartography and Management, Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago,

22–26 October 2007


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Principles and Recommendations – Alternative approaches Housing Censuses – Major changes

Register based census - Prerequisites

  • Personal identification number

  • Comprehensive and functioning system of registers

  • Legal basis

  • Public trust

  • Unique and uniform coding systems

  • Record linking across registers

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22–26 October 2007


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Principles and Recommendations – Alternative approaches Housing Censuses – Major changes

Register based census - Advantages

  • Timeliness of data

  • Reduced cost associated with data compilation

  • Reduced respondent burden

  • Maximizes use of data collected by different agencies

  • Flexibility in terms of reference date and periodicity

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22–26 October 2007


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Principles and Recommendations – Alternative approaches Housing Censuses – Major changes

Register based census - Disadvantages

  • Lack of flexibility – expanding data items

  • Completeness of data limited to data available in registers

  • High initial investment setting up registers

  • Need continuous financial and other resources to sustain registers

  • Harmonization of concepts and definitions across register could be an issue

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22–26 October 2007


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Principles and Recommendations – Alternative approaches Housing Censuses – Major changes

Rolling surveys - Prerequisites

  • Convincing stakeholders

  • Substantial annual funding

  • High level of professional staff throughout decade

  • Complex methodology to minimize sampling and non-sampling errors

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22–26 October 2007


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Principles and Recommendations – Alternative approaches Housing Censuses – Major changes

Rolling surveys - Advantages

  • Proving data more frequently

  • Enhancing the value of information by constant updates

  • Spreading the cost of data collection over a period of time

  • Room for technological innovations

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22–26 October 2007


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Principles and Recommendations – Alternative approaches Housing Censuses – Major changes

Rolling surveys - Disadvantages

  • Technically demanding

  • Multi-year planning and testing necessary

  • Possibility of double-reporting

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22–26 October 2007


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Principles and Recommendations – Alternative approaches Housing Censuses – Major changes

National examples of variants of rolling surveys

  • USA approach based on a combination of

    • Traditional 10-year census using the short form, and

    • American Community Survey (continuous cumulative survey)

  • French rolling census (continuous cumulative survey)

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22–26 October 2007


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Principles and Recommendations – Alternative approaches Housing Censuses – Major changes

USA approach - Traditional censuses with yearly updates

  • Census year: Total population count and basic characteristics based on short questionnaire

  • Every year: Large household survey that replaces decennial long form

  • Data from survey used to model estimates

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22–26 October 2007


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Principles and Recommendations – Alternative approaches Housing Censuses – Major changes

USA approach - Traditional censuses with yearly updates

Some issues

  • Requires building and keeping the address frame up-to-date

  • Some operational risks likely reduced – short questionnaire only

  • Work in progress – lessons learnt on the go

Workshop on Census Cartography and Management, Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago,

22–26 October 2007


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Principles and Recommendations – Alternative approaches Housing Censuses – Major changes

French approach - rolling census

  • Data collected each year used for modeling of estimates

  • Quinquennial rolling cycle: Every year, Y, data are produced on the basis of data collected in Y-4, Y-3, Y-2, Y-1 and Y with the average on Y-2

    • For communes less than 10,000 – full count once in a five year period

    • For communes over 10,000 – sample of 8% of dwellings each year for five years

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22–26 October 2007


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Principles and Recommendations – Alternative approaches Housing Censuses – Major changes

French approach - rolling census

Some issues

  • Inventory of buildings – continuously updated building register

  • Close relationship between statistical office and communes

  • Work in progress – lessons learnt on the go

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22–26 October 2007


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Principles and Recommendations – major changes Housing Censuses – Major changes

  • Contracting out

  • Funding for the census

  • Quality assurance (instead of quality control)

  • Enhanced section on census mapping including on geo-coding and contemporary GIS

  • Focus on hard to capture and enumerate population groups

    • Homeless

    • Indigenous populations

  • Promotion of, and training on, use of data

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22–26 October 2007


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Principles and Recommendations – concluding remarks Housing Censuses – Major changes

  • Printing underway

  • Translation into all UN official languages

  • Accompanied by:

    • set of handbooks

    • technical reports

    • web-based knowledge base

  • Other activities of the 2010 World Programme

Workshop on Census Cartography and Management, Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago,

22–26 October 2007


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