Innovations in measuring hard-to-count populations

June 24, 2021 9:00 to 10:15 AM (EDT)

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development emphasizes the inclusion of the marginalized population in its implementation. This requires that development efforts cover all segments of the society, including the hard-to-count populations for whom there is either a perceived or real barrier for representative inclusion in the data collection process. Hard-to-count populations such as those that are hard to locate, contact, or interview may not be captured in large-scale data collection processes such as censuses, surveys and administrative data sources.

National Statistics Offices and partner organizations use various strategies and methodologies for inclusion of these population groups. For example, deploying service-based enumeration to collect data on homelessness, partnering with organizations to reach migrant populations who may have the fear of being counted or the use of distance learning technology to monitor the educational attainment of remote rural communities.

This webinar, part of the UN World Data Forum series, will bring together various actors to:

  • Share experiences in using innovative methods to capture hard-to-count populations;
  • Showcase successful partnerships between governments, civil society and international organizations to capture these population groups.
  • Moderator: Kate Richards, Outreach Manager for the Inclusive Data Charter, Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data

  • Panelist: Renice Akinyi Bunde, Statistician, Governance Peace and Security Section, Kenya National Bureau of Statistics


  • Panelist: Claudia Cappa, Senior Adviser, Statistics and Monitoring, Child Protection and Development, UNICEF


  • Panelist: Sanjay Purohit, Chief Curator, Societal Platform

  • Panelist: Alison Bryant, Senior Vice President, Research, Enterprise Lead Technology/Equity, AARP