Development of a Data Entry System for the 1990 Census Evaluation Survey
The 1990 Census of Evaluation Survey (CES) was undertaken to evaluate the quality of the 1990 Census of Population and Housing (CPH) results in terms of coverage and content. It consisted of three phases: (1) Main Survey Operations, (2) Office Matching Operation, and (3) Field Follow-Up Survey. These activities were completed in October 1990. Recognizing the need to develop a timely data entry system for the 1990 CES, National Statistics Office (NSO) entered into an agreement with the Statistical Research and Training Center (SRTC) to manage such a project with the end view of improving the quality of census data through statistical research. The expected outputs of the project are the following: (1) a general system design and data entry system for the CES which includes all relevant specifications and reports, and (2) computer files of the CES results containing completely encoded data with 100 percent verification stored in magnetic tapes and/or diskettes. With this, the project team has developed a data dictionary, a keyer’s manual, and the data entry program. The next phase of the project would be the actual encoding of the data. Data encoders and supervisors have to be hired and trained for this process.