Integrated Assessment of Major Surveys/ Census Project
To respond to the thrust of the Philippine Statistical Development Program, 1993-1998 to promote efficiency of statistical operations through a systematic use of available resources and adoption of cost effective measures, major surveys and censuses conducted by the Philippine Statistical System need to be rationalized and prioritized. The National Statistical Coordination Board (NSCB), in coordination with the primary data users produces and users in the government, took the lead in the conduct of an integrated assessment of exiting surveys and census in the country. Adequate consultation and participation from all concerned parties from the government and private sector is crucial to meet this objective. Inter-agency technical working groups were created to undertake a comprehensive and objective review of the major surveys and census classified into two major groupings: (1) household surveys; and (2) establishment surveys. Review of these surveys/censuses include listing and identification of major surveys and censuses undertaken; review and evaluation of the status of exiting surveys and census; survey data user’s requirements; consultation with establishment respondents and dialogue with private sector; and development of general criteria for prioritization of surveys and censuses. These assessments support previous findings that the following problems are inherent in the conduct of surveys and census, particularly those funded by the government: response problems, funding, operational problems; survey designs and instruments; and external factors that are outside the control of the conducting agency.