Census and Survey

Household surveys are an important vehicle for data collection in all-statistical organisations the world over. They are a means to satisfying data needs and filling data gaps identified through the use of data from other sources  such as data generated from administrative records. Data on specialised topics, which may not have been covered during a census with greater depth, is also collected. Survey data are also used to, at times, validate or complement data from other sources.

Activities associated with the conduct of household surveys include:

Compilation of the sampling frame. The sampling frame forms the base from which samples are selected. The sampling frame is compiled from Population and Housing Census enumeration areas;

  • Administrative preparatory activities like Concept notes, Objective of the survey, Indicators to be derived, budget, Project documentation, just to mention but a few;
    • Survey Methodology:
    • Survey design
    • Sample design
  • Planning, organising and conduct of survey fieldwork;
  • Questionnaire design in consultation with specialists units as well as stakeholders;
  • Survey Logistics:

    • Procurement (Transport, survey equipment, materials and supplies)
    • Printing
    • Recruitment and training
  • Compilation of reference and training manuals for interviewers, field supervisors, editors, coders and validation in conjunction with subject matter specialists;
  • Data management issues including system development, tabulation plans, edit specifications etc.
  • Analysis and report writing;
  • Dissemination and data archiving.

The following table presents Survey programme for the Inter Censual Periods

Title of Survey  Census 1981-1990 Census 1991-2000 Census 2001-2010 Census 2011-2020
Economic Surveys        
Agricultural Census 1983 1993 2004  
Social Surveys        
Botswana Literacy Survey (BLS)   1993 2003  
Botswana AIDS Impact Survey (BAIS)     2001
2004
2008
2013
Botswana Demographic  Health Survey (BDS) 1987 1998 2006  
Botswana Family Health Survey (BFHS)  1984
1988
1996 2007  
Botswana Multiple Indicator Survey (MIS)   2000    
Household Income and Expenditure Survey (HIES)   1985/86 1993/94 2002/03  
Informal Sector Survey (ISS)   1999/2000 2007  
Labour Force Survey (LFS)     2005/06  
Botswana Core Welfare IndicatoR Survey     2009/10  
Population Census       2011

 

.