Design of the 2001 and 2011 census coverage surveys for England and Wales

Brown, James, Abbott, Owen and Smith, Paul A. (2011) Design of the 2001 and 2011 census coverage surveys for England and Wales. Journal of the Royal Statistical Society Series A (Statistics in Society), 174, 881-906. (doi:10.1111/j.1467-985X.2011.00697.x).


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In many countries, a key component of measuring census coverage is a post-enumeration survey. In the 2001 censuses of the UK this was called the Census Coverage Survey. The paper reviews the design of the 2001 Census Coverage Survey and develops the design for the survey in 2011, taking advantage of the experience of 2001 and the data that were generated by the 2001 process. This leads to a proposed design that is less clustered than in 2001 and has an allocation that is more skewed towards areas where coverage in the 2011 census is expected to be lowest. The updated design balances optimal allocation against maintaining a sufficient sample across all areas.

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1111/j.1467-985X.2011.00697.x
ISSNs: 0964-1998 (print)
1467-985X (electronic)
Keywords: census coverage, sample allocation, survey design, 2011 census
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HA Statistics
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > Southampton Statistical Sciences Research Institute
ePrint ID: 187973
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
11 May 2011Published
Date Deposited: 19 May 2011 10:42
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 13:39

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