Workshop on ‘Use of Administrative Registers for Population and Housing Censuses’
Date: 29-30 June 2021
Venue: Virtual-SESRIC, Ankara - Türkiye

SESRIC, in collaboration with the United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD), organised a Workshop on ‘Use of Administrative Registers for Population and Housing Censuses’ on 29-30 June 2021 through a video conferencing platform with the participation of 126 attendees from the NSOs of 32 OIC member countries and representatives of United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and US Census Bureau.

Organised within the framework of the ongoing cooperation between SESRIC and UNSD for the 2020 round of World Population and Housing Census Programme, the Workshop aimed at focusing on key considerations and requirements for transitioning from traditional census to alternative census methodologies involving the use of administrative registers and building institutional capacity and infrastructure for maintaining statistical registers for successful implementation of population and housing censuses.

H.E. Mr. Nyakassi M. B. SANYANG, Statistician General of the Gambia Bureau of Statistics and the Chairman of the 9th Session of OIC-StatCom, stated in his welcoming remarks that though a number of OIC member countries have successfully transitioned from the traditional method to a combined or fully register-based census, there is a wide variation among OIC countries in terms of the availability and quality of administrative registers and the capacity of national statistical systems to leverage the use of administrative data for statistical purposes. In this regard, by learning from each other’s experiences as well as expertise of UNSD, it will help the NSOs of OIC countries to get to the intended levels.

In his opening speech, Mr. Fadi FARASIN, Assistant Director General of SESRIC, emphasised the vital role of population and housing censuses in national statistical systems, especially for the production of official statistics on a wide range of topics related to demography, and social, economic and housing characteristics. Especially COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated existing initiatives in the OIC member countries aimed at using administrative registers.

In his opening remarks, Mr. Srdjan Mrkić, Chief of Demographic Statistics at UNSD, underlined that the move to a register-based census needs to be carefully managed, and there are necessary conditions relating to data, technology, legal and stakeholder issues that must be considered for a successful transition from a traditional census to that involving the use of administrative registers.

The Workshop on ‘Use of Administrative Registers for Population and Housing Censuses’ covered the following topics:

  • Necessary conditions for the use of administrative registers for population and housing censuses
  • Establishing base registers for transitioning to a combined or register-based census
  • Building comprehensive and reliable statistical registers for censuses and for combining with survey data
  • Evaluation of the quality of data and communication with register-owners to improve the quality

The Workshop was conducted through a video conferencing platform by following synchronous learning and instruction approaches designed in line with the virtual training solutions undertaken by SESRIC in order to better serve the Centre’s training activities and keep participants motivated and engaged during this time of global crisis due to COVID-19.

All documents and presentations of the Workshop are available at this link.