On 27 October 2014 the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA) published indicative proposals for a 2021 Census.
NISRA will focus on planning for a census in 2021 which will be primarily online, while offering alternative modes of completion where necessary. It also aims to make best use of technology and administrative data in its design, building on the online approach used successfully in the 2011 Census.
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) and National Records of Scotland (NRS) have announced that they intend to conduct predominantly online 2021 Censuses in, respectively, England & Wales and Scotland. NISRA will work with ONS and NRS to ensure harmonised outputs across the UK from the 2021 Censuses.
Additional research papers
This paper describes research conducted by NISRA to examine the extent to which administrative data could be used to estimate the size of the usually resident population through the creation of an Administrative Data Population Estimate (ADPE), supporting the Census enumeration with an ADPE.
This paper outlines the move towards online data collection and the benefits this may bring. The objective of this paper is twofold. Firstly to stimulate discussion and secondly to start the move towards a way forward with respect to an online data collection mode for the Census.
This paper reports on the methodology that NISRA will use to match administrative data sources to provide accurate linkages that will help develop the Administrative Data Population Estimates work further.