Here are a few interesting questions we’d like to see answered. We’d be equally happy to see them even asked.
Methodology / data quality
1. How did Statscan manage to get the 2011 NHS response rate up over 2/3 when the 2011 Census 2B test of 2008 had a response rate of slightly less than 1/2?
2. a) What was the minimum number of questions completed before any manipulation (NRFU, CEFU, FEFU, E&I, etc) for which Statscan accepted a 2011 NHS questionnaire as complete?
b) Was the number and/or quality of responses deemed acceptable on a 2011 NHS questionnaire different from prior year Censuses (specifically 2006 and 2001)?
3. Will Statscan be releasing a per question response rate, similar to the 2011 Census 2B test of 2008 (if it hasn’t already)?
4. Were the data quality standards changed at the DA and CT levels (if immediately released) to reduce suppression given the circumstances, and what proportion of each were suppressed?
alternately: Will the DA and CT level data be released at some point (if not immediately released), and what proportion do you expect to be suppressed?
5. Statscan was unable to answer whether it would even release the community-level data at all as recently as six months ago. When was the decision made (not) to release it and how was that decision reached?
1. a) Why/how did Statscan’s 2006 2B Census estimates indicate certain Aboriginal populations increase by 30%+ between 2001 and 2006 Censuses?
b) Were there possible response rate or methodological issues that contributed to this extraordinary jump in those Aboriginal populations?
2. If Aboriginal response rates were problematic even when the long-form was mandatory, how bad was it this time?
1. a) Were first year immigrants, i.e. those who landed during the reference year 2010, included in the immigrant population count?
b) If so, why have those same first-year immigrants not previously been counted in the income statistics, and has anything been done to address this issue in the 2011 NHS?
1. Could you elaborate on the issue of whether/how example order in the Census/NHS survey questionnaire plays an impact on response rate for certain ethnic identities?
2. In particular, how has moving ‘Canadian’ up in the list of examples each year contributed to the increased ‘Canadian’ response, and was there any political input in the decision to move it up in the list over the years? * inquisitive readers may wish to request a copy of the April 2, 2008 release presentation, during which this question was first asked, to compare answers
3. How do you classify responses of ‘French Canadian’ or ‘Canadien(ne)s français(es)’, as French or as Canadian?
4. a) Why/how did Statscan’s 2006 2B Census estimates indicate certain Asian ethnic populations increased by 40%+ between 2001 and 2006 Censuses?
b) Were there possible response rate or methodological issues that contributed to this extraordinary jump in those Asian ethnic populations?
That should do for now. Will update if any other interesting questions for the first release come to mind.