IT applied in census on socio-economic status of 53 ethnic minorities

Sunday, 2019-09-29 14:25:36
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NDO – Unlike the first survey conducted in 2015, the second census on the socio-economic status of 53 ethnic minorities will thoroughly apply information technology in all stages.

The census will start from October 1 to the end of October 31, carried out by the General Statistics Office of Vietnam (GSO) in coordination with the ministry-level Committee on Ethnic Minority Affairs.

It targets to provide data to compile statistical indicators under the National Statistical Indicator System and the National Indicator System on Ethnic Minority Affairs, serving the development and policy making for socio-economic development in ethnic minority areas during 2021-2025.

It also serves as a basis for updating information systems and statistical data on ethnic minorities in Vietnam.

According to the GSO, the biggest difference of this survey is that it mainly uses information collection with the help of mobile electronic devices, called CAPI (computer-assisted personal interviewing) for short. The application of CAPI information collection through the use of mobile electronic devices such as tablets and smartphones will increase the quality of data due to the control of logical issues in collecting information. Also monitoring of enumerators during interviews at households and helping to save time to complete the questionnaire and shorten the processing period to publish data. The method will save costs for printing paper notes, information input and other related expenses.

In parallel with the CAPI information collection method, the survey will also use an Internet-based survey form (webform for short). The representatives of the People’s Committees at communes and wards will be provided with the account and password to access the survey website and be proactive in responding to the information on the questionnaire. When collecting information in the form of webforms, there will be no need to print paper slips and the enumerators also do not need to meet the representatives of the People's Committees of the communes/wards to collect the information of the communal questionnaires.

The survey will be conducted in 54 provinces and centrally-run cities, as well as in 440 districts and 5,464 communes. The total number of selected enumeration areas is 14,659, while the total number of selected households is 540,740.

Notably, the 2019 Ethnic Minority Census is linked to the existing census data of the 2019 Population and Housing Census, thereby helping to improve the quality of data and reduce the time to collect available information. This is also the first time the Statistics industry has made the connection of panel data in the field of information collection to facilitate the process of investigating and improving the quality of information.

This is also the first time the statistics industry has connected panel data in information collection to facilitate investigating and improving the quality of data collected.