Leading up to the 2020 round of censuses, the U.S. Census Bureau is releasing a series of technical notes on Select Topics in International Censuses. Each note highlights a new subject, method, or operation relevant to census planners in middle- to low-income countries. These notes complement the U.N. Principles and Recommendations on Population and Housing Censuses by describing some topics in more detail. Sponsored by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the Select Topics in International Censuses series is designed for staff in national statistical offices to assist them in addressing some of the significant issues in the 2020 round of censuses.
Disaster Statistics and Censuses
This brief describes the role of the census in producing statistics useful for disaster risk reduction.
Using Administrative Data in a Traditional Census
This brief discusses administrative data use as a supplement to a traditional census. It focuses on a framework for integrating administrative data sources.
Geospatial Data Disclosure Avoidance and the Census
This technical note discusses key concepts in geospatial disclosure avoidance and includes a process overview with an example case for implementation.
Evaluating a Pilot Electronic Census
This technical note provides guidance for National Statistical Offices (NSOs) on how to evaluate pilot censuses and benefit from lessons learned.
Linking Population and Housing Censuses to the Agricultural Censuses
This brief describes the benefits of linking the Population and Housing Censuses and the Agricultural Censuses and highlights recommended practices.
Disclosure Avoidance and the Census
This technical note provides NSOs with information on mitigating the risk of data disclosure in a census.
Census Data Archiving and Preservation
This technical note provides guidance on the special procedures and protocols required to securely archive and preserve individual census records.
Classification and Delineation of Urban Areas in a Census
This technical note provides NSOs with guidelines on how to develop quantitative urban classification criteria.
E-Census Part 1: Planning for Mobile Data Capture
As mobile technology becomes more available, many statistical agencies are considering using mobile data capture for the 2020 round of census data collection.
E-Census Part 2: Developing an Electronic Questionnaire
Converting a paper questionnaire to an electronic format involves more than simply replicating the paper questionaire on a screen of a mobile device.
E-Census Part 3: Timeline Impacts
This technical note explores changes to the census calendar when transitioning from paper to tablet-based censuses and provides guidance on timeline impacts.
Measuring Work and Labor Market Participation in a Census
This technical note discusses questions on economic characteristics in a census and applications of new concepts about labor supply.
Measuring Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene in a Census
This brief provides National Statistical Offices (NSOs) with information on advances in the measurement & reporting of water, sanitation, & hygiene in a census.
Measuring Fertility in a Census
This technical note provides guidance on recommended questions to ask in a census and common methods to estimate fertility.
Measuring Migration in a Census
This technical note summarizes the recommendations from the international community on measuring migration in a census.
Measuring Disability in a Census
This technical note presents a brief analysis of the conceptualization of disabilities and clarifies how disability data should be collected in a census.
Communicating with Census Data: Storytelling
This technical note illustrates the importance of conveying census results to a wide audience through the production of relatable and engaging data products.
Communicating with Census Data: Data Visualization
This technical note demonstrates effective data presentation & visualization practices for census & survey data produced by National Statistical Offices.