Statistics Centre - Abu Dhabi (SCAD) has embarked on the final training of 6000 enumerators who will conduct the Abu Dhabi Census 2011, which is due to start on October 1st, 2011 and cover all regions of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.
SCAD assured that preparations for this national project are progressing as planned, with the training comprising four stages and types, the first of which, i.e. training of centre directors and general supervisors, has already been completed.
Officials at this level, who numbered about 200 officials, were trained in the census methodology as well as in its technical and practical aspects. Some of them were selected to train newly recruited enumerators.
In this regard, the second stage of training began on September 4th, and is due to finish on September 15th. This part includes the training of enumerators and supervisors, both theoretically and technically. It will be followed by training of volunteers from several government agencies over the period from September 11 to 15, in addition to the training of the staff responsible for data entry, coding and data auditing, to be conducted from October 2nd to 6th.
Ten training centers
Statistics Centre - Abu Dhabi pointed out that ten training centers have been created across the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, for the convenience of trainees, three of which are in Abu Dhabi city, three in Al Ain city and four in the Western region, in addition to a center on the island of Delma.
SCAD assured that all matters and details relating to the Abu Dhabi Census 2011 project do receive special attention and close follow-up, especially staff training.
The Centre indicated that the training team includes ten trainers in aspects of the methodology, ten trainers in information technology for the applications used in the project and three trainers in field work, in addition to a working group from SCAD's Support Services and Legal Section to apprise trainees of the various legal aspects of the project, stressing the Centre's intention to take best advantage of the training program, and the importance understanding on the part of the entire project team of the nature of their functions and the techniques they need to learn. Therefore, SCAD pays particular attention to ongoing evaluation of the trainees, using both manual and electronic methods.
The ongoing training covers gives an overview about the Census, its objectives, reference night, the residents to be counted, the project's geographical region and the administrative divisions of the Emirate, definitions of types of housing units and methods of collecting data workers, public dwellings, economic activities, demographic social and economic characteristics of the population and a other technical aspects.
The Abu Dhabi Census 2011 project will take advantage of the world's latest technology and will seek to automate all the procedures used for collection of data on buildings, households and establishments, hospitals, hotels, etc using IPAD [Android based] tablets and desk support. Adequate training in all these aspects will be imparted to the staff engaged in census.
The Control Panels data will be updated automatically. The system has features that will enable enumerators locate their geographic work areas and save and send forms electronically. Training manuals will be available in pdf format on the enumerators' tablets to enhance their efficiency during field work.
According to SCAD, the project will use a full range of advanced systems and will contribute to the production of better statistical output within a short period of time, using state-of-the-art devices for the collection of spatial data, aided with GIS maps, enabling the communication of directions to field staff in a timely manner, before the end of the field work, which is followed by auditing and quality control processes.
The project timeline
SCAD's efforts continue to successfully the run the Abu Dhabi Census 2011 are ongoing since last year. The period 17 July – 11 September was dedicated to the theoretical and practical training of enumerators, with the quick count stage scheduled for the period from 26 September to 1 October. The distribution of the census questionnaire forms to the population will take place from October 1 to October 3, and census reference night will be midnight on October 4th, 2011, to be followed by field work and data collection from 4 to 27 October. Desk work at SCAD will follow to extract the census results, which will be announced provisionally during next December, with the final results to be released in May 2012.
Abu Dhabi Census 2011 is a major national project that will provide official statistics and build an up-to-date database on the demographic characteristics of all the people living in the urban and rural areas of the component regions of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, i.e. Abu Dhabi, Al Ain and the Western Region, thus helping to depict a lucid and realistic picture of the population of the Emirate, both nationals and non-nationals.
Preparations for the "Abu Dhabi Census 2011" also included a census pilot that covered a selected sample of the population. This practice shed light on all the fieldwork technical details and enabled the Centre to predict any obstacles and propose ways to overcome them during the actual census. The reference night for the census pilot was Saturday 14 May 2011 and the questionnaire was distributed to some 70000 inhabitants. However, the actual count covered only 10 thousand people and was achieved by 200 enumerators, who met all the households in the areas selected.
SCAD recommends that any inquiries be directed to the Call Centre, where about 40 staff are available to respond to individuals and households and to receive census related suggestions on phone no. 800555 - Abu Dhabi Government Call Centre.
Pursuant to the law to the establishing Statistics Centre-Abu Dhabi, all information and individual data, collected or stored by the Centre, relating to any survey or census, shall be deemed confidential. Neither the Centre nor any of its employees may disclose such information or data to any person or public/private entity, nor use it for any other purpose than statistical. The Centre undertakes that, upon disseminating any official statistics, no individual data will be disclosed.
Abu Dhabi Census 2011
As SCAD points out, Abu Dhabi Census will be conducted in line with the internationally adopted methods in enumerating the inhabitants and determining the demographic characteristics of the population. The Census will thus give us a detailed picture on the Emirate's residents, both nationals and non-nationals, in addition to information to be learnt through analysing the information obtained through the census and comparing it with information collected through previous censuses in 2005 and 2001, to find out how the population of the emirate is growing and changing and predicting how it is likely to grow and change in the future. This will certainly help decision makers and businesses take important decisions, and to draw up development plans in various areas such as education, health, transport, employment, etc.
SCAD's enumerators will collect basic information about Abu Dhabi population like: age, gender, nationality, educational attainment, marital status, economic activity, etc, in order to build a comprehensive data base on Abu Dhabi's population for all areas of the Emirate.
SCAD reiterated the need for mobilization of efforts from all segments of the society to ensure the success and the achievement of its set objectives of Abu Dhabi Census 2011 as a major national undertaking that will support the development plans of the emirate and bolster Abu Dhabi's efforts to attain the highest standard of welfare for its society.
Underscoring the integration of SCAD's projects, the Centre assured that the results of the Frames Update Project, which was conducted during 2010 and covered buildings, housing and households, will be used in all of SCAD's survey projects, which demonstrates the integration of the Centre's projects.
In the field of planning, the project will be characterized by well organized distribution of workloads, real time assistance to field staff in locating work areas and reaching remote spots, as well as in monitoring and ensuring coverage, complete collection of data from the target individuals, households and units, in order to minimize omissions. Appropriate plans have also been set for the auditing and quality control stages of the project. SCAD's vision for a successful census rests on bringing the people to realize the strategic significance of the project and its huge implications for the emirate's development plans.
Census awareness drive
Field enumerators will seek to raise public awareness about the advantages of the census results with examples of the benefits of the previous census. Enumerators will also emphasize the importance of data accurate for development programs in all areas and in supporting government efforts to raise living standards and the welfare of the society, underscoring the role of families and individuals in the project success and stressing the confidentiality of personal data. He also warned against providing false, misleading or inaccurate information and the adverse impact of this on development plans and programs.
SCAD reiterated that Abu Dhabi Census 2011 is a major national undertaking, urging all the residents of Abu Dhabi to lend a helping hand in implementing a successful census that will support strategic planning and bolster Abu Dhabi's efforts to achieve the highest standard of welfare for its society under the emirate's wise leadership.