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Computer Assisted Personal Interviewing: The Bermuda Experience

Jan Beise
10. Use of new technologies in census operations
This paper by the national statistics office of Bermuda outlines the experiences of the Bermuda Government Department of Statistics in using handheld computers as an optional method for survey data collection. Computer Assisted Personal Interviewing (CAPI) involves the use of a portable computer to collect, store and transmit data related to a personal survey interview. The Department tested this interviewing method during the conduct of the decennial Household Expenditure Survey (HES) from May to August 2004. This document provides an overview of each phase of the HES-CAPI pilot study from preparation to performance. It is hoped the information shared in this paper provides key insight for those national statistical offices that may be considering using CAPI as an alternative method for data collection.

Paper presented at the Sub-regional Workshop on Census Management and Mapping with GIS, Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, 22 - 26 October 2007.


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