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Handbook on Census Management for Population and Housing Censuses

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This Handbook reflects current practices in census management and provides concrete examples of census processes used in developed and developing countries. It presents an extensive coverage of techniques that can be used for quality assurance in every phase of the census cycle. The publication provides guidance on how to develop a structure able to effectively manage the census planning and operational processes; to plan all the processes that need to be considered in establishing a census; and to design control and monitoring processes. It is an ideal reference document on management aspects of conducting a population and housing census for national statistical offices, census and survey statisticians, social scientists and demographers, and international organizations involved in population activities.

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Scanning versus keying

Many countries are using scanning equipment, either optical mark reading (OMR) or optical character recognition (OCR). Each of these has advantages over keying when the operation is smooth and efficient and when the costs are not great. However, many countries, even some that have committed to scanning, may not be able to afford the initial start-up costs or the continuing maintenance costs during and after enumeration. On the positive side, many countries use the scanners obtained for the census for a number of purposes, including other surveys and such administrative records as entry and exit forms. Countries may also resort to outsourcing for scanning operations, or rent the scanners for the time that they will be needed for the census.

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