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Scotland’s Census 2021 question testing conducted by ScotCen Social Research

NRS has committed to carrying out further testing around the sex question and guidance. We have asked ScotCen Social Research to conduct a survey to test questions that may be included in Scotland’s Census 2021. The aim of the survey is to see whether these questions are acceptable, easy to complete and produce reliable data.

Address check tests for communal establishments

Next week we are holding an address check test for communal establishments in the areas of Glasgow City, Dumfries and Galloway and Na h-Eileanan Siar. Your establishment will receive a letter if you are part of this test.

This test will allow us to quality check the address information that we hold for communal establishments, determine how many people are living in each establishment and identify and engage with the manager or person responsible for the establishment.

National Records of Scotland will appear before the Culture, Tourism, Europe and External Affairs Committee

Officials from National Records of Scotland will appear before the Culture, Tourism, Europe and External Affairs Committee on the morning of Thursday 12 September to discuss Scotland’s Census 2021. We welcome the opportunity to hear from the Committee and stand ready to deliver a census that is not only fit for this digital century but, most importantly, delivers for all of Scotland.

Proposal for age routing in the 2021 Census and potential impact

In 2021, we want to make sure that the census only collects the information that we need from the people of Scotland. We also want to make sure that the questionnaire is easy to complete and takes as little time as possible. With this in mind we would like to introduce some age routing to the questionnaire so that people are only asked questions that are relevant to them. This means for example that the person completing the form will not be asked how well a 2 year old can read English or where a 6 month old baby lived a year ago.

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