Population and housing census

Modified on 2015/05/28 09:06 by Sean Zheng — Categorized as: Chapter 3 - Integrating a gender perspective into data collection


Post-enumeration and re-interview surveys are important tools for evaluating coverage and content errors in census data collection. These errors refer to the underreporting or incorrect reporting or recording of the characteristics of persons, households and housing units enumerated in the census. From a gender perspective, it is important to make sure that there is no sex-selective underreporting or misreporting in the census. Characteristics referring to household memberships, births, deaths, or economic activity should be as fully reported for females as for males. In that regard, it is important to know whether the sex-selective underreporting or misreporting is the result of poorly phrased questions or instructions, proxy response, the sex of the interviewer or shortcomings related to the training and qualifications of interviewers, or to the result of coding or data entry mistakes. Post-enumeration and re-interview surveys should be used not only to calculate errors and/or correct census counts, but also to improve future data collections. The analysis of results from post-enumeration and re-interview surveys from previous censuses, from a gender perspective, should be used as input in redesigning census questionnaires and manuals and revising training exercises and materials.