This report presents a summary of the 2008 Census Test.
The 2008 Census Test was conducted from May to July 2008. The main objective of the test was to evaluate the impact of content changes on data quality. A comparison of data from the 'control' and 'alternate' versions of the questionnaires (corresponding to the 2006 Census and the content considered for the 2011 Census, respectively) made it possible to better isolate the impact of content changes from all other factors that could influence results.
The content of this report was extracted from 14 individual analytical reports prepared by census subject matter analysts and methodologists.
The report is divided into five chapters.
Chapter 1 introduces the 2008 Census Test.
Chapter 2 describes the methodology and analysis strategy, including the sampling and weighting process.
Chapter 3 provides an overview of the changes made to each section of the alternate questionnaire, the results of analysis, and the content recommendations leading up to the 2011 Census.
Chapter 4 provides information about the content changes for the National Household Survey.
Chapter 5 concludes the report.
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