Statistics NZ is testing a new digital-first census model on 22,000 households across the country tonight ahead of planned process changes for the next census in 2018.
“We’re changing to a digital-first census model," says Denise McGregor, 2018 census general manager. "We want to make it really easy for people to fill in their forms, so we’re testing mobile, desktop, and tablet versions to find out what people prefer. By introducing new ways of collecting information, we’ll be able to produce the census counts and other census information faster.”
A sample of households in neighbourhoods across Auckland, Waikato, Wellington, and Canterbury are testing the new processes and online forms, to check that Statistics NZ's updated systems and technology for ease of use and reliability.
Households will be reminded about completing their forms over the next few weeks. After that, some households will be asked about their experience of the Census Test, to help Statistics NZ with census planning for 2018.
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