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Quality Assessments of the 2008 integrated census – Israel

Jan Beise
12. Quality assurance
By the Central Bureau of Statistics, Israel, 2009.

Census operation and results were evaluated by several quality assessment dimensions. These included Coverage, Accuracy, Consistency, Completeness, Reliability and Validity. The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe publication "Conference of European Statisticians Recommendations for the 2010 Censuses of Population and Housing" lists some quality elements in the three stages of the census process; design, implementation and evaluation. The elements relate to: accuracy, timeliness, accessibility, interpretability and coherence. Israel conducted an integrated census in 2008 with no post enumeration phase since it was assumed that the integrated census with its two samples would provide the necessary information to evaluate the census operations. The evaluation process also took advantage of the fact that the census was an integrated one, which incorporates administrative sources and field operations. The census data collection operation was fully computerized with the use of laptops for data collection and daily data transmission to a central database of collected data. These features made it possible to monitor the field operation with specific tools which took advantage of the technology. To date, the full evaluation process has not yet been completed; it will be completed by the end of 2009. Nevertheless, most of the evaluation elements are completed.

Paper presented at the joint UNECE/Eurostat meeting on Population and Housing Censuses, Geneva, 28-30 October 2009.


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