Asia-Pacific Regional Workshop on the Use of Technology in Population and Housing Censuses

24 Jan 2018 to 26 Jan 2018
Thailand

The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) in collaboration with United Nations Statistics Division organized the Asia-Pacific Regional Workshop on the Use of Technology in Population and Housing Censuses in Bangkok on 24-26 January 2018.

Population and housing censuses remain among the most complex and costly statistical operations undertaken by national statistical offices. New technologies and information systems are constantly redefining the census state-of-the-art, bringing improved resource efficiency, data quality, and timeliness. Yet with these innovations also come important challenges regarding their impact on planning, design, and implementation.

This three-day workshop addressed these issues, equipping census managers with the tools and strategies needed to successfully lead the adoption of electronic data collection technologies and new approaches for the 2020 round of censuses. Specifically, the meeting was to:
1. Introduce the latest draft United Nations guidelines on the use of electronic data collection in population and housing censuses
2. Provide a detailed overview of state-of-the-art census data collection methods
3. Introduce a range of proven decision-making strategies regarding the adoption of new census technologies
4. Offer operational guidance and considerations for planning, designing, and implementing a census using new technologies
5. Focus on specific challenges and opportunities regarding data collection with handheld devices and the internet

Presentations