2019 Census Rehearsal

Further information on the planning and evaluation of the 2019 Census Rehearsal, including the rehearsal questionnaire.


As part of our preparations for the 2021 Census, NISRA held a census rehearsal in October 2019.


The 2019 Census Rehearsal evaluation report and Household Questionnaire are available to download.

What is a rehearsal?

A rehearsal is a smaller-scale version of the main census. It took part in selected areas across Northern Ireland in October 2019.

Why we held a rehearsal

Carrying out a census is a huge task. A full end to end rehearsal was necessary to ensure that all of our processes, systems and services are effective and working as they should before the 2021 Census. The rehearsal helps us ensure that all elements of the field operation and supporting public interface services (for example, the online self-help system and contact centre) are fit-for-purpose, and the collected information will be used to assure the performance of key parts of the data processing system developed by NISRA.

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