From a traditional door-to-door census to a modern registered based future

In a nutshell

The availability of impartial and objective statistical information is fundamental for decision-makers and citizens. Statistical information underpins transparency and openness of policy decisions. The Institute of Statistics of Albania, INSTAT, conducts its next Population and Housing Census in October 2020 and opted for a traditional door-to-door census, counting all individuals, building and dwellings.  However, it will be the last time  in order to align with Acquis Communautaire in European Statistics. The project paves the way for a  registered based Censuses from hereon. Several innovations, notably data capture via computer-assisted interviews (CAPI) and the use of geospatial information for data collection, fieldwork monitoring and data analysis are installed. INSTAT and GOPA Worldwide Consultants are joining efforts to make this massive statistical operation a success.

Our approach

Drawing from a long-standing experience in the Balkan region and our huge network of experts in the field of large-scale surveys and census, GOPA’s  Statistics experts are in charge of managing and monitoring this four-year project. The first phase of this project currently focusses on preparing the pilot census. We  provide technical expertise for the development of a data collection application, the tailoring of the IT infrastructure, the monitoring system as well as methodological support for the preparation of the fieldwork. Afterwards, we will contribute to the evaluation of this comprehensive test of all census procedures and provide further technical assistance to INSTAT to ensure the successful implementation.  A communication strategy is key to success and fully developed in all phases of the operation. The high level conference in September 2019 with more than 100 participants launched the pilot census covering 100 enumeration areas, representing around 12 500 households and two collective institutions. The pilot is a six weeks real-life test of the modern data collection tools and the monitoring system with geospatial information that INSTAT and GOPA have been jointly developing since June 2019.


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