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How our census works

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This section summarises the activities involved in the research and planning, and the vast mobilisation of resources, required to run a census.

About censuses

Defines what a census is and briefly describes methods of census taking, the history of censuses, and provides links to family history resources.

How we planned the 2011 Census

Includes why we needed the census, the design, the legislation required, how we developed the questionnaire, how we tested our systems and what the independent assessments said about how well all of that was done.

How we took the 2011 Census

Covers data collection, processing and publication plans, including our census outputs consultation and how the plans in place to protect confidentiality.

How did we do in 2011?

Includes reports for each part of the programme evaluating what went well, and not so well, in the 2011 Census.


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