2011 Census Evaluation Report


In January 2015 ONS held a 2011 Census Outputs Evaluation workshop at City Hall, London. The meeting was an opportunity for reprsentatives from local authorities, business, academic and third sector Census users to feedback their experiences from 2011 to the Census Offices. Each sector presented their opinion of what ‘went well’ and what lessons need to be learnt for 2021. All the slides and a report (.pdf) from the day have now been published on the ONS website.

Callum Foster also shared some of ONS’ early thoughts on the potential data delivery channels we can expect following 2021:


Callum’s slides can be downloaded here (1MB .ppt)

Interested in Census training in Scotland?


We have recently received requests from users to run another SASPAC/Census training course in Scotland. If you are interested in making the most from the 2011 Census and would like to attend, please contact the
helpdesk on info@saspac.org.IT-training

With the NRS now publishing data on a regular basis, SASPAC is an invaluable tool to help identify and download exactly the Census variables you need for your chosen geographies.

For more details on what you’ll cover on our course visit our training pages.

SASPAC Training Dates


With Census data coming think and fast and training budgets (if you have one!) closing at the end of the march, you may be interested in the following SASPAC training dates:Classroom

  • 12 February – Cardiff, Data Unit – Wales
  • 19 February – London, City Hall
  • 18 March –  London, City Hall

We are also in the process organising additional dates in Scotland, these are likely to be in late February/early March. If you are interested in attending any of these courses, please contact the helpdesk.

The training course will provide users with all the tools they need to search, extract and customise Census data to meet their organisation’s needs. A copy of the training programme can be found here (pdf) and further details on our training pages.

ONS Census Analysis Workshops


ONS have announced plans to hold two Census Analysis workshops that will include:

  • an overview of what the Census has told us so far
  • how to make the most of Census data
  • future plans for data releases and analysis

These events will be held in Manchester on 18 July and London 24 July, attendance is free and bookings made by emailing ONS.

NRS Beyond 2011 Event


NRS are currently consulting on the Beyond 2011 programme and have planned a series of workshops next month to aid 2011 NRStheir research. The workshops will be held in Edinburgh on the 19th and 21st February, with morning and afternoon sessions on both days. To reserve a place simply contact the Beyond2011 team indicating which day and session you wish to attend.

More information regarding the event can be found on the Beyond2011 Events page.

‘Beyond 2011’ Autumn Seminars


ONS have announced three seminars as part of the Beyond 2011 programme, these are planned for:

(*extension to the Welsh Government’s Beyond 2011 External Advisory Group meeting)

ONS expect the events will cover developments in the Programme, including investigations into the options, research progress and how they are taking forward the business case and quantification of benefits. There will be the opportunity to participate in group work and a panel session in the afternoon. Contact the Beyond 2011 team to reserve your place.

Understanding the Census Estimates


ONS have just completed a series of very interesting and insightful workshops aimed at helping users’ understand how the Census population estimates are created. The events described the processes ONS went through to get from the raw Census counts to the Census population estimates and included:

  • Estimating under-enumeration (Dual System Estimation – see the Johnny Ball video below for a 5min explanation!)

  • Estimating for bias
  • Estimating for overcount
  • Under-enumeration in Communal Establishments and nationally
  • Quality Assuring the estimates

The slides (pdf) from the event are available.

A reminder that the first Census Outputs for England & Wales will be released on Monday 16 July at 11.00, these will include:

  • Local Authority Usual Resident population estimates (totals, males and females by 5-year age bands)
  • Local Authority household space estimate and short-term migrants
  • Supporting Quality Assurance data (components of the census estimate, confidence intervals, comparisons with other data sources)
  • Explanatory Papers
  • Data visualisations

The data will be released as Excel files.

BSPS Conference call for papers deadline


The 2012 British Society for Population Studies (BSPS) 2012 conference will be held at the University of Nottingham from 10-12 September. The current call for papers closes on 11 May.

In addition to the usual conference workstream presentations, meetings and networking opportunities, last year’s conference saw the introduction of a training session aimed at Local Authority demographers. Having been very well received, a similar course is planned for this year.

If you are not already a BSPS member you can join here for a small fee (that can be recouped by a discounted conference charge!).

ONS Analytical Products Workshop


ONS are running a 2011 Census analytical products workshop on 21 March 2012, 10-3 at Britannia Hotel, Portland Street, Manchester, M1 3LA. This will be the same as the previous workshop held in London back in October last year (the materials from which can be found here) and will deal with ONS’ current proposals for 2011 Census analytical products. If you are interested in attending email katy.taylor@ons.gov.uk, places are on a first come, first served basis.

A 2021 Census?


An ONS news release today marks the beginning of a two year consultation exercise into suitable replacements for the Census. The ‘Beyond 2011‘ programme will examine options for producing detailed information about small areas and neighbourhoods that have traditionally been outputs from the census. The first stage, begins today, is a public consultation aimed at understanding user requirements for statistical data in the future.

Consultation documents can be found here (although the document was not available at the time of writing) and the programme team can be contacted by email. Users interested in this work may wish to attend an RSS ‘Looking Beyond 2011’ event being held on 21/10/11.