Demographic and Social Statistics


United Nations Expert Group Meeting on the Impact of the Covid-19 Pandemic on Conducting Population and Housing Censuses and on Census Data Quality Concerns
  • Virtual meeting
  • 9 - 12 February 2021

The meeting is organized by the United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD)


The economic and social disruption caused by the Covid-19 pandemic has made significant and adverse impact on the implementation of the 2020 round of Population and Housing Censuses. United Nations Statistics Division organized the Expert Group meeting to discuss potential problems of conducting censuses under the pressure of Covid-19 pandemic and their impact on the quality of census outputs. The meeting provided a platform for exchanging experience and ideas on the challenges of redesigning census activities to respond to the effects of Covid-19 pandemic, in particular, adoption of new data collection modes for decreasing face-to-face interview, increasing the use of administrative data, changing census questionnaires or extending the duration of field enumeration. The meeting also discussed potential challenges in comparing the results of censuses conducted during the pandemic with the results of previous censuses and the importance of communicating with users for informing them about the effects of the pandemic on census results.

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