The Solomon Islands National Statistics Office has begun the editing process for the 2019-nation wide census with a series of successful consultations with its stakeholders.
The office has completed the data entry stage and has now progressed into the data editing and validation stage.
To begin the process, the office held a three day consultation with its stakeholders on Tuesday 29th September, Wednesday 30th September and Tuesday 8th October to check through the data they have collected.
The stakeholders included the People With Disability Solomon Islands, PWDSI, Language Translation, Central Bank, Rural Water Sanitation and Hygiene Home, RWASH, Ministry of Lands and Housing, Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources, Ministry of Health and Medical Services, the National and Disaster and Management Office and Our Telekom.
Chief Statistician Anterlyn Tuzakana said the consultations were very important because they were able to cross check the data they collected from the 2019 census with the stakeholders.
“The data we have is related to the stakeholders’ organisational goals and information. We had to check what we have with what they have so our data actually reflects the truth of what is happening in the country,” Mrs Tuzakana said.
“They’ve been with us all the way ever since we started the census. They were with us when we formed the questionnaires for the survey and now we’re ready to start the editing stage, we have also involved them.
“Despite being struck with the COVID-19 pandemic, we have forged on and reached this stage. We are happy that we’ve come this far.”
The data editing phase is likely to be completed by early first quarter of 2021, and then to be immediately followed by the data analysis phase towards mid-2021.
The 2019 census survey was conducted in the country in early November 2019. It was the largest and most important project undertaken by the Solomon Islands Statistics Office.