Evaluation of ONS 2009 Rehearsal

The evaluation from the 2009 Census rehearsal has been published by ONS. The rehearsal was undertaken on 11 October 2009 and selected around 134,000 households in Newham, Lancaster and Anglesey.

Some headlines:

  • no significant problems found with any of the systems; questionnaire post out/back and tracking was successful
  • response rate was lower than expected at  41 per cent; most common reason for non-response was the voluntary nature of the exercise
  • internet returns were lower than expected at 8 per cent
  • follow-up resource in 2011 will be increased, particularly in hard to count areas

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