2021 Population Census: “CAPI technology won’t hinder the collection of data” – Dr. Yaw Atiglo
Senior Researcher at the Regional Institute for Population Studies, University of Ghana, Dr Yaw Atiglo says the introduction of the Computer-Aided Personal Interviewer (CAPI) will not affect the data collation process of this year’s Population and Housing Census.
The CAPI, according to Dr. Atiglo, uses “technology to do data collection, thus, providing a more efficient use for data collection and management [thereby] allowing for the early release of results.”
In an interview with UniversNews, he scored that using this new technology would efficiently limit the time within which data will be collected.
“Mapping has already been done to aid easy access to various parts of the country. Also, efforts are being made to improve the transportation to such areas,” he disclosed.
Meanwhile, the Government of Ghana has assured its citizenry of strict compliance with coronavirus safety protocols during the Population and Housing Census, saying the exercise will not spike further spread of the virus.
Earlier this week, Mr. Owusu Kagya, Head of Census Methodology revealed that this year’s census will heavily depend on computer-assisted personal interviews, a global positioning system (GPS) for all communities.
He claimed this would bring about the collection of credible data to inform the kind of decentralized programs the country would implement.
Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, rolled out a publicity and preparation campaign dubbed “100 Days Countdown to the 2021 Population and Housing Census” in Accra to prepare the citizenry for this most relevant national program of gathering data on the population and housing situation in Ghana.
The census, which was required to take place in 2020, had to be rescheduled due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Ghana Statistical Service (GSS) later slated the beginning of the 2021 Population and Housing Census for Sunday, June 27, 2021.