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The Central Statistics Office conducted a public consultation on census data outputs for the next census in February/March 2020. (Please note that the next census was due to take place in April 2021 but has since been postponed to 3 April 2022 due to the pandemic.)

Public consultation for the next census had two distinct elements.  The first of these was the public consultation on form content which has already been completed. Steps in the process included acceptance of submissions from the public, convening a Census Advisory Group (CAG) of expert users, a Census Pilot Survey, data analysis and user agreement. Census content was signed off by Government in July 2019.  A full report on is available on the CSO website here.

The second part of CSO’s public consultation process sought the views of the census data users on the outputs that will be produced from Census 2022.

CSO invited all data users, both individuals and organisations, to indicate their data requirements and suggestions for the next census outputs by responding to five questions in a survey. The public consultation was open for submissions from the 6th of February to the 20th of March, 2020. CSO examined all the submissions received and will use them to inform the Census 2022 Dissemination Strategy, which will be published on next year.  A list of statistical products with an associated timetable will be published at this time.

The  survey questions were based on the following topics; 

  1. Use of 2016 Census Products
  2. Web Tables
  3. Small Area Population Statistics (SAPS) and Small Area Population Maps (Maps)
  4. Research Microdata Files
  5. Statistical Disclosure Control and Additional Comments 

Please note that this process is now closed for submissions.  Thank you to all who responded.