A new programme of work to take a fresh look at what happens after the 2011 Census has been launched by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).
The Beyond 2011 Programme will examine options for producing the detailed information about small areas and neighbourhoods that have traditionally been core outputs from the census.
The Programme will consider a range of alternative methods, including established census methods or reusing information that has already been collected from the public. A system that makes use of data already collected may deliver a more cost-effective way of providing more frequent statistics, with reduced public burden.
The first stage of a four-step process, which begins today (17 October 2011) is about listening to users and gathering ideas about the data they really need through a public consultation. This will run until 20 January 2012.
Contributions are welcomed from anyone. The focus of this stage is on understanding requirements for information, to get a detailed picture of how statistical data might be used in future.
The second stage of the process will research and assess all of the options available, to see which best meets the needs identified. The third stage will be a further consultation in 2013 which will focus on the possible solutions and will provide an opportunity for data users, suppliers and the public to comment more widely on how we provide the required information in future. The final stage, in 2013 and 2014, will develop the final recommendations.
This initial consultation is only the start of a dialogue with central and local government, commercial organisations, academics, community organisations and special interest groups that is planned to continue over the next two years.
The Programme will provide regular progress updates via the ONS website over coming months. The programme team can be contacted by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
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