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Handbook on Census Management for Population and Housing Censuses

Jan Beise
This publication is a reference document on management aspects of conducting a population and housing census. It provides guidance on how to

(i) develop a structure able to effectively manage the census planning and operational processes;
(ii) plan all the process that need to be considered in establishing a census; and
(iii) design control and monitoring processes.

The structure of the handbook reflects as closely as possible the census cycle. The initial chapters discuss management aspects concerning the planning and preparatory stages, followed by discussions on the operational stages (i.e. field operations and processing), dissemination of census results, and finally evaluation. The publication is also useful to those who need to plan surveys given the detailed description of the overall process of collecting, processing, and disseminating the data.

Handbook on Census Management for Population and Housing Censuses, Series F, No.83/Rev. 1 (United Nations Publication, Sales No. E.00.XVII.15), 2001.

[online also available in Arabic]


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