The census rehearsal operation started on 7 October 2019 and closed for returns on 7 November 2019, with a reference date of 13 October 2019.
The rehearsal was conducted in three local authority areas, namely parts of Glasgow City, Dumfries and Galloway and Na h-Eileanan Siar, reaching 72,000 households.
National Records of Scotland has evaluated the information gathered through the rehearsal and has now published an evaluation report. Scotland’s Census Rehearsal 2019 was a significant undertaking that tested some of the systems and services that will be used in Scotland’s Census 2021. This report provides a summary of the key findings of the rehearsal, and outlines the next steps for us to undertake to ensure the successful delivery of next year’s census.