Training of Trainers for the 2010 Census

Every 10 years the U.S. Constitution calls for a census count of all persons living in the FSM. Based on census numbers, federal resources are allocated annually to states, communities, and community-based organizations.

Houston has a lot to gain or lose in the 2010 Census. We need to make sure everyone is counted! Learn about special initiatives happening in Houston and how you can get involved in our national effort. Come hear the key messages and outreach strategies organizations across the country are using to encourage census participation among the hardest to count communities.

From Feb 22-26, 2010 the Office of Statistics, Budget & Economic Management, Overseas Development Assistance, and Compact Management (SBOC) held its Training of Trainers Workshop at the FSM Central Building. The aim of the workshop is to discuss training strategies, approach for the training of field workers to be hired to carry out the enumeration process in each of the states.

train the Census staffFSM Congress recently passed Public Law 16-7 appropriating about $35.2 million for the operation of the branches of the national government, its agencies, various programs, grants, subsidies & contributions, and other purposes. Of this amount, $9 million is allocated for Capital and Human Resource Development, about $811,000 of which is for the 2010 Census Project. The total of funds received thus far for the census is $1.43 million.

The Census of Population and Housing is the largest statistical operation any Statistics Office undertakes. It is considered to be the “mother” of all data gathering activities as it covered the entire population and gathered a wide variety of socio-economic data. It is the main official statistical source whereon policy formulation, decision-making, and plans for the 10 years following the census are based.

The Office of Statistics, Budget, Overseas Development Assistance, and Compact Management (SBOC), the implementing agency for the project, had undertaken several activities since April 2008 in preparation for the 2010 Census. Amongst these were the:

  1. Census Planning Workshop (Drafting of Census Operation Plan) — April 2008
  2. Mapping Workshop I (Use of GPS in mapping process) — June 8 to 12, 2009
  3. Census Launching/Workshop — June 24 to 26, 2009
  4. Drafting of Questionnaire, field forms & manuals — currently being field-tested
  5. Household Listing Survey — August 5 to 28, 2009
  6. Mapping Workshop II (Re-delineation of EDs, compilation of a nation-wide Household Listing Database, and Pre-test Discussions) — September 28 to October 14, 2009
  7. Census Pretest Operation – October 19 to 31, 2009 (ongoing)

The newly received funding will be used to pay for contracting census field and office workers, acquire vehicles/office equipments, printing and shipping of documents, deployment of workers to the field, fuel, dissemination of census results and other expenses.

A census page is being developed and will soon be available on the Division of Statistics website http://www.spc.int/prism/country/fm/stats. Check back soon for more information on the census.

Census is on! To count me, count you, count all

During the four months from December 2009 to March 2010, the Census Team had been busy preparing to put the 2010 Census in the field. The 4-month period leading into the enumeration period is usually the busiest period in census undertakings, as it is when everything starts to fall in place.

Questionnaire

After yet another last scrutiny by the Census Technical Committee (CTC), the 2010 Census Questionnaire was finalized and printed

During the four months from May to August 2009, Census interviewers visited almost all of the households in Vanuatu and counted the numberof people who usually live there. They also used GPS units to obtain information on the location of the household1. This was the first majorundertaking of the 2009 Census.

The listing is the foundation of the Census on 16 November. The Listing Results are used to determine how many Census forms have to beprinted; interviewer workloads; the complex logistical arrangements for the delivery of field materials; as well as providing the basis for themapping of the Census results through the GPS information.

So, for example, for the province of Penama the Census project will be organizing the delivery of approximately 6,600 householdquestionnaires to the main islands of Ambae, Pentecost and Maewo where field staff supervisors will organize the delivery of the forms to theinterviewers. The Preliminary Counts also show that the average number of people per household in Penama was 4.8; with slightly more malesthan females in total (104.6 males for every 100 females). This information will form the basis of quality control measures at the time of theCensus to ensure that everyone is counted.

The Census 2009 Preliminary Counts show that since the last Census in 1999 the population of Vanuatu has grown by 2.8% a year, with theurban centers of Port Vila and Luganville increasing by 4.1% a year with the highest annual growth rates in Port Vila at 4.7%.

The next major activities for the 2009 Census are the training of field staff – Area managers, supervisors and interviewers – to enable them tointerview all men and women, young and old, in Vanuatu on 16 November 2009.

The Vanuatu National Statistics Office would gratefully like to acknowledge the support for the Census from the Government of Vanuatu, NewZealand, Australia and the United Nations Fund for Population Activities (UNFPA) and the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC). But thebiggest vote of gratitude is for the people of Vanuatu for cooperating with the 2009 Census.

For more information please contact the 2009 Census Project on telephone 25614 or censusadmin@vanuatu.gov.vu.

OFFICE OF SBOC HELD IN-COUNTRY TRAINING OF TRAINERS WORKSHOP

From February 22-26, the Office of SBOC held the 2010 Census “Training of Trainers Workshop”. The workshop was jointly organized by the FSM Division of Statistics Office and the SPC Statistics and Demography Program(SDP). The participants came from the State Statistics Offices and the National Statistics Division, the people who will be training the census workers in the states to carry out the actual enumeration activities.

The purpose of the training was to

  • To teach participants how to conduct the training.
  • What to cover in each session.
  • EnumeratorThis is a crucial activity of the census as it is when the forpresents the opportunity to ensure with the census occurring once every 10 years, census definition and methodologies/concepts this workshop is crucial as it serves as a forum for the coordinators to the course will run for 4 weeks full time, beginning Monday 2 to 27 June 2008 and targeting up to 12-15 participants from government departments and agencies. Participants selected must at least have some experience in collecting and analyzing statistics in their work area or have attended similar courses in the past.

A key component of the training is the ‘project work’ where each participant is expected to produce a report on a certain topic and presenting it at the end of the training. The project is based on participant’s own dataset relating to their work. This project work accounts for around 60% of the training duration thediscussions in this workshop will focus on 2 main areas:

Training methodologies

  • Best practicesof census collection
  • How to conduct enumerator and crew leader training
  • Showing them how to conduct the training will be covered, but very important is why the questions are asked, what kind of indicators will be derived, what is/are covered or not covered, common errors,
  • Variables
  • Misuse of statistics
  • Constructing tables
  • Measures of spread
  • Histograms/bar charts/graphics
  • Introduction to standard error
  • Measures of location
  • Introduction to specific distributions
  • Standardization
  • Presentations of projects

The last similar training was conducted in 1998 that saw very encouraging results. A number of departments have made good use of the skills learnt. A number of reports have been produced as a result of this. This training is a follow up to the first one as a refresher for those who have already attended and enhance skills in analyzing data and reporting for those attending for the first time.

The training is conducted following a request for such assistance from the Vanuatu National Statistics Office.