Data collection is one of the major undertakings in any population and housing census. In Myanmar, it will involve no less than 120,000 people, from interviewers to supervisors. It will also engage immigration officials and community leaders from each township. They all have a specific role to play to ensure that the process of collecting the data is done in a correct and timely manner.
The census will require an estimated 100,000 interviewers or enumerators. They will mainly be primary school teachers, recruited by the Ministry of Education. They will visit every household, institutions (such as monasteries, hospitals, orphanages and military barracks) and other population settlements to help gather information from each person in Myanmar. The interviewers are expected to fill out more than 12 million questionnaires.
When counting households, each interviewer will be assigned to visit 100 to 150 homes in a period of 12 days. They will interview the heads of households and collect information about any person that spent the census night (March 29-30) in that one household.
Around 20,000 secondary school teachers will be in charge of supervising the work of the interviewers. They will be responsible for their field work, and will check the correctness, completeness, and consistency of the information collected through the questionnaires. They will also report on progress and collect the final questionnaires to be handed in to the local immigration office.
Everybody has a role to play in order to conduct a successful 2014 Myanmar Census. For example, members of Parliament, political leaders, religious leaders, ethnic leaders, state/region administration officers, district administration officers, township officers, ward/village track leaders, community leaders, etc. will all be called upon to help create awareness of the importance of the census among the general population, communities, families and friends.
Coordination of logistics at field level will be managed by immigration officials from the Department of Immigration and National Registration. They will be in charge of receiving, dispatching, collecting and returning to the Department of Population in the Ministry of Immigration and Population all the census documents and questionnaires from the field, for data processing.
- The census will require an estimated 100,000 interviewers
- 20,000 secondary teachers will supervise interviewers’ work
- 15 million questionnaires will be used to collect the data
- Interviewers will visit more than 12 million homes
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