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CHALLENGES, BEST PRACTICES AND LESSONS LEARNT FROM THE 2010/2011 ROUND OF CENSUSES The Case of Anguilla Lori-Rae Alleyne-Franklin Chief Statistician Census.

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1 CHALLENGES, BEST PRACTICES AND LESSONS LEARNT FROM THE 2010/2011 ROUND OF CENSUSES The Case of Anguilla Lori-Rae Alleyne-Franklin Chief Statistician Census Symposium – May 2014

2  Plan of Enumeration - Methods  Stages of Enumeration Plan  Challenges  Best Practices  Method of enumeration  Timing of enumeration  Lessons Learnt  Conclusion ‘Sound Statistics for Sustainable Development” Anguilla Statistics Department

3 There are a number of approach to this phase of a census: Traditional – each house contacted and enumerated face to face – (most developing countries and for part of the population of some developed countries). In circumstances where up-to-date and comprehensive address or population registers exist - the enumeration process involves mailing out the census forms, or having the public mail back the completed forms. ‘Sound Statistics for Sustainable Development” Anguilla Statistics Department

4 This includes: Determine the enumeration method which will be used and the basic procedures to be followed in the collection of the data and the control of the enumeration, Outline the procedures for controlling the data quality Estimate the number of living quarters and the probable size of the population to be enumerated so that the number of questionnaires and other materials required so that the number of enumerators and supervisors needed, can be properly ascertained. ‘Sound Statistics for Sustainable Development” Anguilla Statistics Department

5 Challenges Each method of enumeration has challenges: Enumeration –Costly (comparatively) –Time consuming –Delay as a result of unforeseen circumstances or acts of nature –Enumerator error possible depending upon the approach (PAPI or CAPI) Mail out/back –Developed postal addressing required –Respondent error (inability to follow instructions) –Low response rate ‘Sound Statistics for Sustainable Development” Anguilla Statistics Department

6 Deciding early on the method of enumeration this is done by Testing the various alternatives: –Cost –Quality of data –Operational feasibility An early decision is required as this affects: –Budget –Organisational structure –Publicity Plan –Training Programme –Design of the questionnaire “Sound Statistics for Sustainable Development” Anguilla Statistics Department

7 Great importance and consideration must be given to the timing of the census. This depends on a number of factors –Avoid seasons when there is a lot of rain, flooding or high temperatures –Times when most persons are staying at their usual place of residence –Avoid seasons of peak agricultural activities –Avoid periods of tradition festivals, pilgrimages and fasting periods –Times when labour force is available ‘Sound Statistics for Sustainable Development” Anguilla Statistics Department

8 Great importance and consideration must be given to the timing of the census. Review of the process after the 1 st week of enumeration –Checking that all field staff are doing their tasks as required. –Making adjustments to the process Constant supervision and monitoring of field workers –Enumerators –Supervisors –Area Managers Pay upon review, correction and completion ‘Sound Statistics for Sustainable Development” Anguilla Statistics Department

9 Great importance and consideration must be given to the timing of the census. It is important that we plan, tests and prepare contingency plans. A high level of agility and flexibility is required when conducting a census. Documenting as you go is critically important. ‘Sound Statistics for Sustainable Development” Anguilla Statistics Department

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