2019 Census Rehearsal

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


The 2019 Census Rehearsal Evaluation and Household Questionnaire can be found on the Census 2019 Rehearsal publications page.

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.

Thank you to all who took part. The rehearsal helps us plan for the 2021 Census. Find out more about the Census in Northern Ireland on the Census 2021 website

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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