Government Pilots Census in Honiara and Guadalcanal

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Chief Census Area Managers and Census Area Managers for Guadalcanal Province that were part of the three days Census Pilot training.

THE National Census Office will be undertaking the piloting of its 2019 Population and Household Census questionnaires and survey instruments in a number of designated zones in Honiara and Guadalcanal next week.

Census Commissioner and Government Statistician Douglas Kimi said piloting of the Census questionnaire is an important aspect of the Census process as it will enable feedback on the people’s responses of the questionnaire form.

He said the feedback obtained from the pilot testing will be valuable in determining changes and revisions to the list of Census questionnaires where required.

“The Census questionnaires are not final until we can pilot test them in a number of community settings, notably urban, peri-urban and rural communities to ascertain their quality and effectiveness with the feedback we get from the respondents.”

“As the questionnaires are designed to obtain the relevant data required by the government, stakeholders, and users of the Census information, the duration and practicality of it delivery are essential to ensuring the success of the national Census proper,” he said.

The pilot exercise will be carried out by the National Statistics Office (NSO) staff and team members of the Census provincial teams of Honiara City and Guadalcanal Province.

Mr. Kimi said NSO staff are currently carrying out a 3-day pilot training workshop for Honiara City and Guadalcanal Provincial teams in Honiara this week ahead of the pilot exercise.

He said the designated pilot sites have already been identified in Honiara and Guadalcanal and these will be made known to the designated communities in due course.

The piloting exercise will begin on Tuesday 27th to Thursday 29th August 2019 on the said areas.

Government officials and the provincial teams undertaking the pilot testing will be easily identified by their uniforms and identification cards issued by the National Statistics Office, he said.