Census 2021 outputs consultation

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Census 2021 outputs consultation

19 July 2021

With apologies for any cross posting

On 13 July 2021, the Office for National Statistics launched a public consultation outlining our proposals for the content design and shape of the release plans for Census 2021 outputs.

We're inviting you to take part.

Why we’re consulting As a result of factors such as the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and Brexit, the UK is facing rapid societal change. More than ever, our priority is to deliver timely and accurate statistics, that enable the understanding of that change to inform decision making and service provision.

The aim of this consultation is to obtain an updated view of your detailed needs for Census 2021 data and analysis, and to understand your priorities. Your feedback will help us to make decisions on the final design of the Census 2021 outputs and analysis for England and Wales. What we’re asking We're asking for your feedback on the proposals we've outlined in the Census 2021 outputs: content design and release phase proposals document. We've structured our proposals into sections to help you find the topics that you want to consult on.

These include:

  • the shape of the outputs and analysis release schedule
  • main changes to variables compared to the 2011 Census
  • proposals for feasibility work to derive new variables
  • population-base specifications
  • taking a census during a period of change
  • paradata, information about how census data was collected and processed

You can find detailed information about the consultation, as well as supporting documentation providing context for the questions we’re asking, on the Census 2021 outputs consultation webpage.

How to take part The consultation will remain open until midnight on 5 October 2021.  We recommend you respond to the consultation in our online questionnaire.

You can also download a word version of the questionnaire from the consultation webpage and email your response to census.outputs@ons.gov.uk


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