CHAPTER 8. DISSEMINATION OF CENSUS RESULTS, EVALUATION AND ANALYSIS8.1 Dissemination of census results
The processing and tabulation of the Housing Census data were completed in October 2000 while those of the Population Census data were completed in October 2001. Main results of the two census rounds were published in two issues of Economic and Social Indicators, namely,
Detailed results were published in seven volumes of table reports. These are:
All the above publications are on sale at the Office and at the Government Printer while soft copies are available at the Office. Furthermore, the tabulation files have been converted to HTML files and are posted on the website of the office (http://statsmauritius.gov.mu).
A list of tables included in the table reports is shown at Appendix III.
The census has collected a vast amount of valuable information from which numerous and various types of analytical studies can be made. Tables that have been published so far are of general interest. The Office is aware that these will not satisfy the needs of specialized users. In this connection, specific tables for such purposes can be produced on request and within reasonable time limits.
It is currently envisaged to produce and disseminate statistical or thematic maps using census data. The aim is to make census results more meaningful to a wider community and easier to use. Maps will allow the general user to visualize the geographical distributions and patterns inherent to the census data; interest may reside in the current patterns and also in changes in the patterns that have occurred over time, particularly since the last census.
The creation of statistical or thematic maps will entail the digitization of maps with the relevant boundaries, as a first step. In this connection, the Office is envisaging the procurement of digitized maps of the country from the Ministry of Housing and Lands. Administrative and Enumeration Area boundaries will then have to be demarcated on the digitized maps while a census database of important indicators will have to be produced at disaggregated levels, before the production of thematic maps can start. The Office is aware that the task will take some time; it is however hoped that some thematic maps will be available by the end of the year.8.4 Evaluation and analysis
The Office usually publishes unadjusted census data as soon as they are available and then carries out an exhaustive analysis and evaluation exercise. Data analysis and evaluation is currently being carried out and the results will be published in a series of analytical reports during the course of this year.
This report is the first of the series. The nine other analysis reports will cover the following: