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The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine
Committee on National Statistics
Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education


International Conference on Census Methods

The Committee on National Statistics (CNSTAT) of the U.S. National Research Council is convening an international conference on 2020-round census methods. The conference is funded through the CNSTAT Panel to Review the 2010 Census (and plan for 2020), which in turn is sponsored by the U.S. Census Bureau, and is organized around four priority research areas identified in that panel’s work:
  • Self-response options (Internet). Experience with Internet self-response, including approaches to ensure that households are enumerated at their correct home location. Strategies for pre-census notification and electronic registration.
  • Administrative records (AR). Used for enumeration, particularly for non-responding households. The expansion of their use in multiple census operations. Of interest are the experiences of countries which have expanded their use of AR in recent censuses, and how the public react to its use.
  • Geographic resources. How do countries maintain the accuracy of such records, particularly when cost considerations preclude a major pre-census update? How has the spread of geographic information systems to local governments improved the ability of a national government to keep its maps and address lists current?
  • Field operations reengineering. Strategies to save money through improved logistics, interactive routing of enumerators, and so forth. The development of systems for automating enumerator assignments and the retooling of traditional census infrastructure i.e., local or regional census offices. 
This conference is sponsored by the U.S. Census Bureau.
Conference Materials
Agenda Book

(Please note that
the presentations included here may
be subject to
copyright restrictions
of the individual presenters.)

Welcome, Introductions, and Conference Goals

Welcome: Looking Towards 2020
John Thompson, Director, U.S. Census Bureau

Topic I: Field Reengineering

Contemporary Developments in Census-Taking: The 2010 Brazilian Census and Beyond
Andrea Diniz da Silva (Brazil)

Modern Census - Polish Case Study
Janusz Dygaszewicz (Poland)

Future Directions in Field Enumeration for the Australian Census
Sean Crick (Australia)

Census Taking in the Philippines
Gene Lorica (Philippines)
     Electronic Questionnaire
     Progress Monitoring thru Text Messages (SMS)

Modernizing the New Zealand Census
Michael Holland (New Zealand)

Field Reengineering of the Canadian Census
Patrice Mathieu (Canada)
 Topic 2: Administrative Records

Use of Registers in the Traditional Censuses and in the 2008 Integrated Census
Pnina Zadka (Israel)

From Traditional to Register-Based Censuses in the Netherlands
Jantien van Zeijl (The Netherlands)

2020 Census: Researching the Use of Administrative Records During Nonresponse Follow-up
Tom Mule (United States)

Population Estimates for Ireland Using Administrative Data Sources - First Steps
John Dunne (Ireland)

2011 Census: Using Administrative Data to Address Under-Enumeration
Robert Beatty (Northern Ireland)
 Topic 3: Geographic Databases

The Brazilian Experience in Updating Geographic Databases for Surveys and Census
Miriam Mattos da Silva Barbuda (Brazil)

Geographic Infrastructure to Support the Canadian Census
Joe Kresovic (Canada)

The 2020 Census Address Canvassing: An Alternative Approach to a Full Address List Verification
Tim Trainor (United States)

Maintaining an Address Register with Administrative Data
Sean Crick (Australia)

Geography and Addresses - Why Excellent Isn’t Good Enough
Alistair Calder (England)

Statistical Data Assignment - From Area to Address Point
Janusz Dygaszewicz (Poland)

Geographic Databases: From Population Censuses to Fundamental Framework Data for Statistics to National Development Planning, Monitoring, and Evaluating, South Africa
Sharthi Laldaparsad (South Africa)
 Topic 4: Self-Response Options (Internet)

2011 Online Census in England and Wales
Ian Cope (England)

Internet Option in the 2010 Census in Korea
In-Hye Kim (Republic of Korea)

Pre-registration and Digital Contact - Future Directions
Jo Runjajic (Australia)

Internet Data Collection in the Canadian Census
Patrice Mathieu (Canada)

Internet Survey Method in the Population Census of Japan and Big Challenges for the 2015 Census in Japan
Yasuko Horita (Japan)

Combined Census Methodology in 2011 Census in Estonia
Diana Beltadze (Estonia)


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