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“Abu Dhabi Census 2011” to conclude on Thursday

(WAM) / 29 October 2011

ABU DHABI - Statistics Centre – Abu Dhabi (SCAD) announced and that the field operations of “Abu Dhabi Census 2011” will be wrapped up next Thursday. The Centre indicated that the census provisional results will be announced towards the end of December, while the final results are scheduled to be released by late May 2012.

SCAD affirmed that the census project is progressing on schedule deriving its significance from the importance that Abu Dhabi government accords to strategic planning in order to push forward the development of the emirate’s economy to the highest levels, under the leadership of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

This will certainly draw on the up-to-date data to be made available through the ongoing census, the work on which has been intensified lately on instructions by General His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, who has been closely following up the project progress.

In a meeting with senior executives from SCAD, Sheikh Mohammed called for efforts to be made to provide the data and official statistics on all sectors in the emirate of Abu Dhabi, especially in the demographic sector on Emiratis and expatriates. He said that these data are vital to deal with many issues, and to support decision making and to draw up development policies in the emirate of Abu Dhabi on an accurate and scientifically sound basis.

He exchanged views with SCAD officials on the latest technical systems used in the project. They briefed him on the tablet computers used by enumerators when they visit households to gather, store and send data to the main operations centre at SCAD. The officials also briefed him on the organizational structure of the employees in the project and the total number of volunteers, including enumerators, controllers, supervisors and others. HH Sheikh Mohammed praised the high performance demonstrated by the census staff so far in accomplishing the project.

Sheikh Mohammed expressed his confidence that all the population of the emirate of Abu Dhabi will participate and cooperate to make the census a success, emphasizing that the whole community will reap the fruits of this success, economically, socially, and in education, health and other areas of sustainable development that will become a main feature of Abu Dhabi emirate.

SCAD indicated that the productivity of the Centre’s enumerators has been growing as the project went on, pointing out that some residential areas in Abu Dhabi, Al Ain and the Western regions have already been completed, with the remaining areas expected to be completed in the next few days.

SCAD also announced that that a specialized panel of educators from Abu Dhabi Education Council has approved an electronic program created by Statistics Centre - Abu Dhabi addressed to school pupils, especially kindergartens and elementary grades, indicating that the program is divided into two parts, the first features a Cartoon for children that revolves around two characters created by SCAD: Sheikha and Mansour, providing information on the Abu Dhabi Census 2011 project and the importance and benefits of cooperating with the census enumerators. The second part of the program consists of some statistical games that rely on intelligence and concentration, laid out in an attractive design for children so as to arouse the interest of largest number of them in this important area.

Statistics Centre - Abu Dhabi indicated that its liaison group has recently visited a number of schools in Abu Dhabi to educate students about Abu Dhabi Census 2011 project and presented them with copies of the aforesaid software, books on the census shirts, caps, coloring sets and, all bearing the logo of Abu Dhabi Census 2011. The visit programs also included awareness lectures about the project and its importance.

In addition, Abu Dhabi Education Council distributed a large number of the program CDs created and census Gifts to school students in Al Ain and the Western Region, to make the program available to the largest possible number of schools across the emirate.

The Centre is keen to communicate with school pupils, especially in the elementary level, recognizing the importance instilling awareness about the importance of statistics among future generations at this stage to in supporting the future development plans that will be shaping their lives. SCAD assured that these school visits were successful and received favourable response on the part of the children and school administrations. The program was installed on computers in schools for frequent use and learning.

Statistics Centre - Abu Dhabi also set up stands at shopping centers in all areas of the emirate, Abu Dhabi and Al Ain and the Western Region, including the Marina mall and Al Bawad mall and City Centre, in order to communicate with the residents and raise public awareness about the importance of cooperating with enumerators during the census and providing them with correct and accurate data for all household members, this being instrumental in building an up-to-date database to help decision and policy makers set out development programmes for all sectors. SCAD representatives also explored shoppers’ impressions about the project and sought to help them arrange the enumerators’ visits at convenient timings for their work schedules. In addition, the stands were also used by the centre to distribute awareness brochures and gifts to all segments of shoppers.

SCAD praised the high level of public interaction through the Centre’s census pages on social networking sites online, where the census latest news, photos and video footages can be accessed, as well as serving as platforms form for asking questions and giving answers. Furthermore, these pages feature several interesting quizzes and games on censuses and statistics, with valuable prizes awarded to the winners.

SCAD called upon the population of the emirate to visit the Centre’s census networking webpages, which were launched specifically to enhance the awareness and identify social responses to this national project. The websites hosting the centre’s pages include Facebook, Twitter and Blog. SCAD’s links are:

http://blog.scad.ae

http://twitter.com/scadcensus2011

https://www.facebook.com/censusabudhabi2011

They also make inquiries and comments through e-mail address socialmedia@scad.ae.

The aim of competitions is to increase awareness about the project census among the public and help people understand the importance of the census; identify the challenges it presents and ways to overcome them. According to SCAD, these competitions provide information about the census, its history, how to fill out forms, how the with data collected during field work is processed, in addition to some quizzes testing basic understanding population statistics in Abu Dhabi, pointing out that the challenge for participants lies in the need to answer questions quickly to increase the points collected and having the results displayed on Facebook census page.

SCAD explained that when the participant’s results are displayed on the Centre’s Facebook page they are also posted on the participant’s own page, thus appearing also to all his friends encouraging them to play and take the challenge. SCAD remarks that this method has a great potential in spreading awareness about Abu Dhabi Census 2011 among members of social networking sites.

According to SCAD, a weekly draw is made to select a winner from those who scored the highest points in the contest. The weekly winner gets an iPad tablet as a reward.

SCAD urged all residents who have any queries filling in the census questionnaire form to contact the Centre for assistance. Statistics Centre - Abu Dhabi asserted that it pays special attention to ensuring that the census is conducted in convenient manner that does not disturb the respondents’ comfort or privacy.

In the meantime, SCAD’s technical committee, which was set up in the middle of last month, including some of the top local, Arab and international experts in the field of statistics, demographics, census methodologies and information technology, continues to provide advice to in accordance with best international practices, prepare and approve technical circulars to standardize the concepts and statistical terms used in the project, detect any technical issues that can affect the quality of census results and proactively propose appropriate solutions for them, in addition to supporting the centres managers and supervisors respond to technical questions.

The committee also takes charge of the quality assurance procedures for statistical outputs as well as scheduling the preparation of these outputs, besides constant monitoring of the data and evaluation of data quality and coverage ratios, review and provisional approval of the outputs of the micro- and macro editing systems and data auditing and coding.

Several statistical techniques are used to ensure that the census data is as accurate and complete as possible.- including editing, imputation, linear modeling, and automated coding - to identify errors, account for missing or inconsistent information, and categorize qualitative responses, in order to produce data sets that users can trust.

As the field operations of “Abu Dhabi Census 2011”enter their final phase, Statistics Centre - Abu Dhabi (SCAD) praised the favourable response and cooperation of the emirate’s residents, enabling successful progress of the project on schedule, and reflecting the recognition on the part of all segments of society of the significance of the census results as a crucial input in the formulation and implementation of development plans.

The information obtained through the Census results would be used for setting policies and making decisions that would improve the quality of life in our communities as well as the social and economic conditions in the emirate. The government uses the results of the population census in support of programs and services, such as educational and social programs, housing, development and health care services, infrastructure and public works. The private sector uses census data as well to make decisions about the locations of factories, shopping malls, cinemas, banks and offices i.e. activities which often lead to creating new jobs.

As SCAD explains: “Your data is used in so many other important ways – your contribution and willingness will help make Abu Dhabi Census 2011a success. Census results can help your community determine public improvement strategies. In addition, many day-to-day matters can be solved through answering the questions on the census form. For example, traffic congestion in a certain area; elderly people living alone or over-crowded schools. Non-profit organizations use census data to estimate the number of potential volunteers in communities across the Emirate”.

SCAD encourages everyone to cooperate with the census enumerator’s and believes that this cooperation represents the basic building block set to help those responsible for strategic planning to provide the highest standards of welfare and prosperity to everyone in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, under the emirate’s wise leadership.

Abu Dhabi Census 2011 project team includes several highly experienced members. One of those is Mr. Hassan Ahmed Al Hosani, who boasts 36 years of experience in this area, having participated in first nationwide census to be conducted in the UAE back in 1975. Mr. Al Hosani is now working hard with his fellow team members to make the 2011 census a success. He looks forward to taking part in the 2016 census.

 
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