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User Consultation Process * Helping good content and a successful dissemination of census results *. Presentation at the Training Workshop on the Management of Population and Housing Censuses in SPECA Member countries Ba ku , Azerbaijan , 30.10 – 3.1 1 .2006

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User consultation process helping good content and a successful dissemination of census results

User Consultation Process* Helping good content and a successful dissemination of census results *

Presentation at theTraining Workshop on the Management of Population and Housing Censuses in SPECA Member countriesBaku, Azerbaijan, 30.10 – 3.11.2006

Petteri Baer, Regional Adviser, UNECE


Ces recommendations
CES Recommendations

  • In the Recommendations for the 2010 Censuses on Population and Housing

  • Appendix VI includes generalized information on the User consultation process

  • In this presentation the experience of Statistics Canada is used as an example


Censuses in statistics canada
Censuses in Statistics Canada

  • Census every 5 years

  • Content Consultation every time

  • Content Consultations since 1971

  • For the next Census in 2011 a Content Consultation will be done for the 8th time

  • Two main activities

    • Content consultation

    • Content testing

  • Courtesy to Daniel Dufour, Census Marketing Manager at Statistics Canada


The role of content consultations in sc
The Role of Content Consultations in SC

  • To determine and review content of survey questionnaires

  • To test new content

  • To support collection activities

  • To plan and review products and services

  • To define geographic concepts

  • To discuss preferred output media

  • To build partnerships with stakeholders


Consultation process materials in statistics canada 1
Consultation process materials in Statistics Canada (1)

  • A Consultation Guide

    • Including specific discussion points for different audiences

    • Helping Statistics Canada staff to focus on important issues in the interaction process


Consultation process materials in statistics canada 2
Consultation process materials in Statistics Canada (2)

  • A Compilation of Information on Statistics Canada’s socio-economic data sources on Census related topics

  • To inform users of the existence of other services of SC than only the Census


Consultation process materials in statistics canada 3
Consultation process materials in Statistics Canada (3)

  • A Census Consultation internet site was established

  • Participant list database for Census consultations

  • Consultation content database was established


Consultation mechanisms in statistics canada
Consultation Mechanisms in Statistics Canada

  • Bilateral committees between statistics Canada and key federal departments

  • Regular meetings with provincial / territorial departments

  • Advisory Committees (Labour, Social Conditions, Health, Demography, …)

  • Ad hoc consultations


Two phases in the consultation 1
Two phases in the consultation (1)

  • The first phase

    • Invited written submissions

    • Over 75 written submissions were received

  • The second phase

    • Follow-up meetings with different groups of data users


Two phases in the consultation 2
Two phases in the consultation (2)

The second phase (continued)

  • 25 meetings were organized throughout Canada

  • Altogether about 800 comments were collected


  • Number of comments by type of organization
    Number of comments by type of organization



    The importance of internet
    The importance of internet

    • During the consultation period

      • The Consultation web site welcomed 5 324 visits

      • …which resulted in 36 002 hits

    • The most frequently download files were

      • The 2006 Census Consultation Guide (1 182) and

      • The Cross-Sectional data source table (424)


    Feedback helped development of content and user relations
    Feedback helped development of content and user relations

    • Received feedback was forwarded to the appropriate divisions at Statistics Canada

    • Comments and suggestions were given careful consideration in planning the 2006 Census and related programs


    Feedback helped development of content and user relations1
    Feedback helped development of content and user relations

    • Statistics Canada tested dozens of potential changes to the Census questionnaire content

    • The need to find a well working balance between including new phenomena and the need for continuity and comparability between censuses of different years


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