Coding Write-In Responses in a Census

Publication Date: June 2020

Publisher: UNFPA, U.S. Department of Commerce, United States Agency for International Development

Download

All census instruments include questions that require respondents to provide write-in answers. Write-in fields allow respondents to answer in free text format rather than with predetermined response categories. Write-in responses empower respondents by allowing them to answer questions freely, unconstrained by preset answer categories. However, the inclusion of write-in fields in a questionnaire poses particular challenges for National Statistical Offices (NSOs) during data collection and processing.

This Select Topics in International Censuses (STIC) technical note provides NSOs with information on internationally recognized standards on automated coding of write-in answers in a census.

 

Related content

Resources
For countries proceeding with the 2020 census during the COVID-19 pandemic, the priority is to reduce the risk of transmission for all census personnel, and the general public.
Resources
Geospatial data is increasingly used as census modernization advances within population data systems worldwide.
Resources

The differences between urban and rural areas and their associated modes of living are both easily grasped by the public and are ongoing, fundamental topics of inquiry for social scientists. Our notion of what makes a place urban are context and culture dependent, varying...

Pages

We use cookies and other identifiers to help improve your online experience. By using our website you agree to this. To learn more, including how to change your settings, see our cookies policy.

X