GOING DIGITAL: First digital nat’l census set for April

GOING DIGITAL: First digital nat’l census set for April

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The Bahamas National Statistical Institute is pleased to announce that the Census will take place starting April 5 and will be completely digital.

The digital format will not only transform how data is managed and analyzed, but it is also changing the way data is collected.

There will be three ways for individuals to complete the Census questionnaire: online, via telephone, and in person.

● For the online Census, there will be a questionnaire that individuals can complete from
the comfort of their homes, anytime of the day, and at their leisure. This applies only to
households wherein contact information was provided during the 2021 listing exercise.

● Via telephone, Census enumerators will administer the census questionnaire over the

● Finally, traditional in-person interviews will also be conducted.

Virtual Training for Census Area Managers and Supervisors are currently being conducted while training for enumerators will commence February 28th to March 15th 2022.

Census workers will obtain all data collection using digital devices, which means all census data, no matter which collection method is used, will be directly uploaded, validated and processed in real-time by a robust software solution that was pioneered and co-financed by the World Bank, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.

The information provided for the Census is used for important planning and policy decisions in
government and in the private sector.

Census data helps to determine school zones, the location of housing developments and helps the government to make decisions about the allocation of public resources.

For the success of the first digital Census, we need the support and cooperation of the public.