Statistical Service To Conduct Ghana’s First Digital Census In 2021

Ghana’s Population and Housing Census which is set to take place between April and May 2021 will be the nation’s first digital census.

This was disclosed by Prof Samuel Kobina Annim, the Government Statistician and Chief Census Officer, in a newsletter on Ghana’s 2021 Population and Housing Census.

“The 2021 Population and Housing Census scheduled to take place in April and May next year will be the first digital census in Ghana,” he said.

The census was initially set to begin on March 15, 2020, with the first two weeks expected to be used for listing, a process that comprises the zoning and coding of the number of houses and structures to be covered in the census.

However, it was rescheduled to June 28, 2020, but was finally postponed to 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to Prof Annim, the digital census will involve the use of Computer Assisted Personal Interviewing devices (tablets) for electronic data capture and Geographic Positioning Systems (GPS) for recording coordinates of structures as recommended by the United Nations.

“Collecting data on tablets and syncing that data daily to the server is an efficient data collection strtegy that minimises the time spent processing data and allows for real-time data quality monitoring while the GPS records ensure that there is complete coverage of all structures, households and localities,” Prof Annim explained.

He further stated that this digital census has brought with it several technological innovations to improve census implementation and the relevance, timeliness and quality of census data produced.

“These innovations include use if a dashboard for data monitoring, employment of geo-spatial data to validate and complement census mapping work and deployment of a host of IT solutions including Logistics Management Information System, Online Recruitment Portal, Learning Management Systems and Mobile Applications to provide the public with regular updates on census activities,” the Government Statistician added.

Below is a copy of Prof Samuel Kobina Annim’s part of the newsletter:


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