Volume 52 - Number 2 - Summer 1986

O. The Production of Population Statistics

Studies concerned with the actual production of basic population data. Includes more than governmental publications.

O.1. Population Statistics, General Aspects

Studies on the collection of general demographic statistics and related problems such as studies on data processing.

52:20722 Bender, Rosemary; Verma, Ravi B. P. Translation for converting demographic data between overlapping sub-provincial areas in Canada. In: American Statistical Association, 1983 proceedings of the Social Statistics Section. [1983]. 518-21 pp. American Statistical Association: Washington, D.C. In Eng.
"Within Statistics Canada there is need for a translation code to convert demographic data from one set of subprovincial areas to another. This paper examines two translation codes that estimate demographic components for one set of geographic units (CMAs) [census metropolitan areas] from data derived for a second set of geographic units (CDs) [census divisions]. Both techniques are shown to be very similar, and superior to that used by Statistics Canada for the period 1976-81. The code which produces slightly better migration estimates, and is easier to implement is recommended."
Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

52:20723 Brachmi, Abderrahmane. The quality of demographic information in Morocco. [La qualite de l'information demographique au Maroc.] In: Actes du colloque: la question demographique dans le monde arabe. Tunis 21-25 novembre 1983. Revue Tunisienne de Sciences Sociales, Vol. 21, No. 76-79, 1984. 95-112 pp. Tunis, Tunisia. In Fre.
A review of the quality of available demographic data for Morocco is presented. The development of the vital statistics system is described; demographic surveys since the early 1960s are outlined; and censuses from 1921 to 1982 and their results are summarized.
Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

52:20724 Lucas, Henry. Life expectancy as an integrating concept for social and demographic data: a summary of six country studies. Development Centre Papers, LC 85-239968. May 1985. 86 pp. Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development [OECD], Development Centre: Paris, France. In Eng.
In connection with a research project to investigate the use of life expectancy for the integration of social statistics and demographic data among various countries, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development sponsored a workshop, entitled "Life Cycle Profiles", in Paris, in January 1983. "This report presents a selective summary of the papers and proceedings of this meeting, and also attempts to provide a general introduction to the approach and an initial evaluation of the work so far carried out." Following a discussion of the methodology involved and an outline of the research program and the sources of data, the author summarizes the life cycle profiles of Malaysia, Kenya, Brazil, Hong Kong, Fiji, and the United Kingdom.
The author notes that "three distinct but closely interrelated aspects of the approach have emerged. The first relates to the use of the methodology to provide a framework for social statistics, the second with the possibility of defining a family of related social indicators, and the third with the conceptual life cycle approach to social statistics and social policy...."
Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

52:20725 Premi, Mahendra K. Opportunities for research and analytical work from the available demographic data in India. Demography India, Vol. 14, No. 2, Jul-Dec 1985. 261-76 pp. Delhi, India. In Eng.
The author discusses innovations in the recent Indian censuses and the availability of census data. The National Sample Survey and the Sample Registration Scheme are briefly described. The author then discusses "research possibilities involving (1) development of methodological or analytical tools, and (2) the inter-relationships among the demographic variables or with other social and economic variables."
Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

O.2. Registration of Vital Statistics

Studies of the organization and operation of vital statistics at local and national levels, of international comparability, and of special problems.

52:20726 Bonte, J. T. P.; Friden, L. M.; van den Berg, J. W. H. Statistics on the cause of death. [De statistiek van de doodsoorzaken.] Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Geneeskunde, Vol. 129, No. 30, Jul 27, 1985. 1,421-9 pp. Amsterdam, Netherlands. In Dut.
The procedures for obtaining official statistics on causes of death in the Netherlands are described. Information is included on obtaining access to these data and on maintaining confidentiality.
Location: New York Academy of Medicine.

52:20727 India. Office of the Registrar General. Vital Statistics Division (New Delhi, India). Sample Registration Bulletin. Vol. 18, No. 2, Dec 1984. 25 pp. New Delhi, India. In Eng; Hin.
This is one of a series of reports giving results from the Sample Registration System (SRS) of India. Data are included on estimated vital rates, 1971-1983; birth and death rates, 1980-1983; birth and death rates based on a three-year moving average, 1971-1983; age-specific fertility and mortality rates, 1979-1980; and life expectancy for India and its major states, 1970-1975.
Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

52:20728 Lopez de Lera, Diego. The use of rates of growth by age for demographic measurement: the completeness of death registration. [Uso de tasas de crecimiento por edad para mediciones demograficas: cobertura de registro de defunciones.] Instituto de Investigaciones Economicas y Sociales Documento de Trabajo, No. 21, 1986. 82 pp. Universidad Catolica Andres Bello, Instituto de Investigaciones Economicas y Sociales: Caracas, Venezuela. In Spa.
This report describes an indirect method for estimating the completeness of registration of death records using data on deaths reported in two consecutive censuses. Chapters are included on a description of the technique; its application to controlled data; the application of the method to actual data from Argentina, Chile, Mexico, Peru, and Venezuela; and the estimation of life expectancy at five years of age.
Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

52:20729 Talwalkar, Madhuree A. Matching of the vital events from two sources: an experience in Vadhu rural health project. Demography India, Vol. 14, No. 1, Jan-Jun 1985. 106-23 pp. Delhi, India. In Eng.
Two sources of data on vital events in a rural region of India are compared, and an attempt is made to resolve discrepancies. The data are from registers maintained by community health workers in 19 villages in Poona, India, and from a 1982 survey of 5,741 households in these villages. It is found that crude birth rates based on survey data are higher than those based on register statistics, while crude death rates based on survey data are lower than those based on registration data.
Information obtained during return visits to households and by referring to other records is used to identify possible causes of error in reporting, to arrive at estimates of the extent of underreporting, and to adjust the birth and death rates.
Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

O.3. Population Censuses and Registers

Studies of the organization and operation of population censuses and registers at local and national levels, of international comparability, and of special problems.

52:20730 Bailar, Barbara A. Counting or estimation in a census--a difficult decision. In: American Statistical Association, 1983 proceedings of the Social Statistics Section. [1983]. 42-9 pp. American Statistical Association: Washington, D.C. In Eng.
The author examines the use of estimation in past U.S. censuses in order to assess appropriate procedures for the 1990 census. Consideration is given to the importance of estimation in validating the enumeration, during follow-up, and after enumeration to improve the count. Among the issues discussed are accuracy, timeliness, cost, and perceptions of privacy and confidentiality.
Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

52:20731 Bounpane, Peter A. 1990 census planning issues. In: American Statistical Association, 1983 proceedings of the Social Statistics Section. [1983]. 28-35 pp. American Statistical Association: Washington, D.C. In Eng.
The author outlines various aspects of the U.S. Bureau of the Census's planning and preparation for the 1990 census. Shortcomings of the 1980 census are briefly summarized. Topics under discussion among the Bureau's census planners are described, including the choice of an alternative to the mail-out and mail-back method, improvements in the effectiveness and efficiency of the census process, the problems and feasibility of adjusting for the undercount, and the meaning of enumeration. The focus is on census-taking techniques and methods.
Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

52:20732 Bounpane, Peter A. Looking toward 1990: planning the next United States Census of Population and Housing. Government Publications Review, Vol. 12, No. 2, Mar-Apr 1985. 111-30 pp. Elmsford, New York/Oxford, England. In Eng.
The author addresses certain aspects of the planning process underway at the U.S. Bureau of the Census for the 1990 census. "This article discusses current bureau thinking in several specific areas: basic methodology; automation; personnel management; outreach and publicity; coverage improvement, coverage measurement, and adjustment; census content; and data products. The article also describes the process the bureau has set up for planning the census, including internal review, consultation with data users and the interested public, and formal tests of census procedures and content."
Location: U.S. Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.

52:20733 France. Institut National de la Statistique et des Etudes Economiques [INSEE] (Paris, France). General population census of 1982: user's guide. Vol. 1: general presentation, organization, counting, data processing, publications. [Recensement general de la population de 1982: guide d'utilisation. Tome 1: presentation generale, organisation, denombrement, exploitation statistique, publications.] [1985?]. 95 pp. Paris, France. In Fre.
This is a general administrative introduction to the French census of 1982. It includes information on the geographic divisions used, the categories of population enumerated, the actual counting of people, data processing, and the census product, including publications, microfiche, and machine-readable data files.
Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

52:20734 Hugo, Graeme; Wood, Deborah. The 1981 census project: an outline and some findings. Journal of the Australian Population Association, Vol. 2, No. 2, Nov 1985. 150-66 pp. North Sydney, Australia. In Eng.
The authors describe the 1981 census project in Australia, a study that was designed to provide "government agencies and departments with information concerning recent demographic changes as rapidly as possible so that the policy implications could be elaborated and used by decision makers in the private and public sectors....[This article] is a brief summary of some of the major findings of the project, specifically relating to the demographic components, population composition and characteristics of groups in the population."
Sections are included on mortality, fertility, and migration, as well as on specific population groups in Australia, such as the family, ethnic groups, the labor force, and the aged.
Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

52:20735 Li, Chengrui. China's experiences in the quality control of its 1982 population census. International Statistical Review/Revue Internationale de Statistique, Vol. 53, No. 2, Aug 1985. 109-21 pp. Voorburg, Netherlands. In Eng.
The author reports on experiences with China's 1982 census, which covered approximately one billion people and 19 census items. It is noted that "the postenumeration sample survey indicates that the quality of the census enumeration is: 0.071% of overcounts and 0.056% of undercounts. The paper presents principles governing quality control in the population census and explains a series of quality control procedures adopted to reduce possible errors originating in census planning, enumeration and data processing."
Location: U.S. Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.

52:20736 Luxembourg. Service Central de la Statistique et des Etudes Economiques [STATEC] (Luxembourg). The population census of March 31, 1981: history--legislation-- organization--data collection. Information procedures. [Le recensement de la population du 31 mars 1981: historique-- legislation--organisation--depouillement. Traitement informatique.] Serie D: Cahiers Economiques, No. 71, Jan 1986. vi, 145 pp. Luxembourg. In Fre.
Details concerning the organization of the Luxembourg census of 1981 are presented. The report includes sections on preparation for the census, data collection, and the manual and computerized methods used to process the data.
Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

52:20737 Marx, Robert W. Developing an automated geographic system for future censuses. In: American Statistical Association, 1983 proceedings of the Social Statistics Section. [1983]. 36-41 pp. American Statistical Association: Washington, D.C. In Eng.
The author first describes the three major geographic tools used by field staff in conducting the 1980 census of the United States. He then outlines the TIGER file, or Topologically Integrated Geographic Encoding and Referencing System, which has been proposed for use in the 1990 census. The advantages of the TIGER file for data collection and tabulation are summarized.
Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

52:20738 New Zealand. Department of Statistics (Wellington, New Zealand). 1986 census of population and dwellings: questionnaire contents and submissions report. Series D, Report, No. 1, Pub. Order No. 02.028. Nov 1985. 122, [24] pp. Wellington, New Zealand. In Eng.
"This report provides details of the procedures adopted by the [New Zealand] Department of Statistics in selecting the topics to be included in the questionnaires for the 1986 Census of Population and Dwellings." It includes summaries of submissions concerning possible additions and changes to the questions to be asked, as well as responses to those submissions.
Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

52:20739 Portugal. Instituto Nacional de Estatistica [INE]. Servicos Centrais (Lisbon, Portugal). Census of population and housing, 1981: antecedents, methodology, and concepts. [Recenseamentos da populacao e da habitacao, 1981: antecedentes, metodologia e conceitos.] 1984. 162 pp. Lisbon, Portugal. In Por.
This report covers various aspects of the 1981 Portuguese census methodology. Included are sections on the history of the census, its importance, scope, and principal phases; methods of dealing with information on the infrastructure; statistical concepts; legal conditions; cartographic support and interpretation; filing methods; and the census questionnaires. Also included are tables giving provisional results from the 1981 census and resident population totals from each 10-year census between 1864 and 1981.
Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

52:20740 United States. Bureau of the Census (Washington, D.C.). National geographic areas conference, April 1984. 1990 Planning Conference Series, No. 6, Dec 1984. xiv, 163 pp. Washington, D.C. In Eng.
These are the proceedings of a conference held in Reston, Virginia, April 1-4, 1984, to review the validity of the geographic areas of the United States currently used by the Bureau of the Census. The emphasis is on ways to improve the geographic areas to be used in the 1990 census. The papers included are grouped under three concepts, general, census tracts, and urbanized areas. The conference delegates primarily consisted of outside experts from the academic, business, and data-user communities.
Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

52:20741 United States. Bureau of the Census (Washington, D.C.). Regional geographic areas conferences, October 9, 1984; October 26, 1984; November 9, 1984. 1990 Planning Conference Series, No. 11, Dec 1985. iv, 69 pp. Washington, D.C. In Eng.
This report is the result of three regional conferences held in the fall of 1984 concerned with aspects of the geographic areas to be used in the 1990 U.S. census. These regional conferences were held to review the priorities set at a national conference held earlier in 1984, to solicit further recommendations, and to identify other problems related to planning for the 1990 census. The recommendations are presented separately for blocks, block groups, and census block numbering areas; census tracts; urbanized areas and urban/rural definitions; census-designated places; and census county divisions.
For a report concerning the national conference, published in 1984, see elsewhere in this issue.
Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

O.4. Surveys

Studies of periodic or special surveys relevant to population studies, excluding KAP (knowledge, attitudes, and practice of family planning) studies, which are coded under F.4.4. Attitudes Toward Fertility and Fertility Control .

52:20742 Al-Tohamy, Abdel-Malik; Kalule-Sabiti, Ishmael. Evaluation of the Yemen Arab Republic Fertility Survey 1979. WFS Scientific Reports, No. 76, Jul 1985. 47 pp. International Statistical Institute [ISI]: Voorburg, Netherlands; World Fertility Survey [WFS]: London, England. In Eng.
This is an evaluation of the data on age reporting, nuptiality, fertility, and infant and child mortality collected in the 1979 fertility survey of Yemen. Each type of data is tested for internal consistency and, where possible, against external sources, primarily the 1975 census. Attention is given to both sources of error and their likely effects. It is found that while the data suffer from irregularities including heaping, shifting of ages, errors due to sampling problems, and omission and misdating of births, deaths, and first marriages, they are relatively reliable sources for nuptiality, fertility, and mortality information for Yemen.
Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

52:20743 Bilsborrow, Richard E. Collecting community-level data for fertility analysis. In: The collection and analysis of community data. WFS seminar on collection and analysis of data on community and institutional factors, 20-23 June 1983, edited by John B. Casterline. 1985. 255-68 pp. International Statistical Institute [ISI]: Voorburg, Netherlands; World Fertility Survey [WFS]: London, England. In Eng.
"The purposes of this paper are threefold: (1) to indicate briefly why it is important to collect--and analyse--community-level data for fertility analyses; (2) to discuss some of the methodological issues involved in community-level data collection; and (3) to consider the desirable content of community-level data collection instruments for fertility analyses...." The author compares the World Fertility Survey and POPLAB (International Program of Laboratories for Population Statistics at the University of North Carolina) prototype community schedules.
Among the data collection issues mentioned are the delimitation of community and the need for carefully trained interviewers. The importance of further experience with community surveys is also emphasized.
Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

52:20744 Brass, W. Collecting community data: discussion. In: The collection and analysis of community data. WFS seminar on collection and analysis of data on community and institutional factors, 20-23 June 1983, edited by John B. Casterline. 1985. 249-51 pp. International Statistical Institute [ISI]: Voorburg, Netherlands; World Fertility Survey [WFS]: London, England. In Eng.
The author provides a framework for considering data collection problems encountered in community-level surveys by outlining various meanings of the term community variable. "One important dimension may be approximated by a dichotomy of 'common' against 'collaborative', that is features which are shared as against those that demand interactions among individuals. Another describes the ways in which the variables are specified as 'unitary', 'aggregate', or 'typical'." The author then assesses the merits and limitations of efforts to collect community data in each of the categories of variables. References are made to papers presented at a 1983 seminar evaluating the methodology and results of the World Fertility Survey's community-level module.
Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

52:20745 Casterline, John B. The collection and analysis of community data. WFS seminar on collection and analysis of data on community and institutional factors, 20-23 June 1983. 1985. xvi, 286 pp. International Statistical Institute [ISI]: Voorburg, Netherlands; World Fertility Survey [WFS]: London, England. In Eng.
This volume contains the revised papers, discussants' contributions, and working group reports from a seminar held in London on June 20-23, 1983, to evaluate the methodology and results of the community-level module of the World Fertility Survey (WFS). The materials are organized into sections concerned with an overview of findings from the analysis of community data, the nature of community effects and their empirical investigation, issues of sample design and data analysis, the collection of community data, and instruments for collecting community-level data for fertility analysis. Appendixes include a list of participants, the agenda of the seminar, the composition of the working groups, and the working group reports.
Selected items will be cited in this or subsequent issues of Population Index.
Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

52:20746 Chayovan, Napaporn; Knodel, John. Improving the collection of village-level data: an experience from Thailand. In: The collection and analysis of community data. WFS seminar on collection and analysis of data on community and institutional factors, 20-23 June 1983, edited by John B. Casterline. 1985. 225-33 pp. International Statistical Institute [ISI]: Voorburg, Netherlands; World Fertility Survey [WFS]: London, England. In Eng.
"This paper reports on our recent effort in Thailand to improve the quality of community-level data including a special effort to improve the accuracy of data on availability and accessibility of modern contraceptive methods. We worked within the conventional community questionnaire framework but incorporated several innovative features designed to improve the quality of data yielded." In their community-level data collection, the authors sought to collect data on past conditions in order to link to three individual-level surveys conducted in 1969, 1972, and 1979.
Several conclusions concerning the collection of community-level data are outlined. "In particular we believe that careful questionnaire construction and thorough pre-testing are essential, that the village-level study is best conducted by a specially trained team of interviewers who have this as their major task, and that a group interview approach enhances chances of obtaining more accurate information."
Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

52:20747 Cleland, John. Fertility and family planning surveys: future priorities in the light of past experiences. International Family Planning Perspectives, Vol. 12, No. 1, Mar 1986. 2-7 pp. New York, New York. In Eng. with sum. in Fre; Spa.
"This article reviews the experience of the Contraceptive Prevalence Survey (CPS) and the World Fertility Survey (WFS), and attempts to identify their major implications for similar future projects, particularly the Demographic and Health Survey (DHS)." The strengths and limitations of the previous surveys and of the data collected are assessed. Attention is given to the usefulness of the data in producing demographic descriptions of countries, evaluating existing population programs, and testing hypotheses about reproductive change.
Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

52:20748 Frankel, Delma. Survey of Income and Program Participation: 1985. Selected papers given at the 1985 annual meeting of the American Statistical Association in Las Vegas, Nevada, August 5-8, 1985. Nov 1985. vii, 91 pp. U.S. Bureau of the Census, Population Division: Washington, D.C. In Eng.
This report contains a collection of papers concerning the Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP) which were presented at the 145th annual meeting of the American Statistical Association. Both substantive and methodological issues are considered. The 11 papers are divided into two sessions.
For a similar report on papers presented at a previous meeting, also published in 1985, see elsewhere in this issue.
Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

52:20749 Freedman, Ronald. Summary observations on the WFS seminar on collection and analysis of data on community and institutional factors. In: The collection and analysis of community data. WFS seminar on collection and analysis of data on community and institutional factors, 20-23 June 1983, edited by John B. Casterline. 1985. 269-71 pp. International Statistical Institute [ISI]: Voorburg, Netherlands; World Fertility Survey [WFS]: London, England. In Eng.
The author presents summary observations on a 1983 seminar reviewing experiences with the World Fertility Survey's community-level module. Reference is made to specific suggestions included in papers that were presented at the meeting. The author also offers his own recommendations for instruments that may be designed in the future to collect data on community variables.
Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

52:20750 Garrett, Joseph K.; Stanecki, Karen. A master sample approach to the Moroccan Intercensal Survey Program. In: American Statistical Association, 1983 proceedings of the Social Statistics Section. [1983]. 243-8 pp. American Statistical Association: Washington, D.C. In Eng.
The coordinated efforts of the U.S. Bureau of the Census and the Moroccan Statistics Office to develop an Intercensal Survey Program to follow the 1982 census of Morocco are discussed. Particular attention is given to the construction of a master sample for use in conducting the five surveys included in the program. The surveys are concerned with expenditure, consumption, and nutrition; employment; demographic factors; artisans; and basic needs. The focus is on the procedures involved in formulating and implementing a master sample approach.
Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

52:20751 Goldman, Noreen; Rutstein, Shea O.; Singh, Susheela. Assessment of the quality of data in 41 WFS surveys: a comparative approach. WFS Comparative Studies, No. 44, Aug 1985. 83 pp. International Statistical Institute [ISI]: Voorburg, Netherlands; World Fertility Survey [WFS]: London, England. In Eng.
"This report has the advantage of summarizing in one document the important internal consistency checks and external comparisons with recent data, for all 41 of the WFS [World Fertility Survey] surveys. In addition, this comparative approach, as opposed to a more country-specific approach, facilitates identification of those errors which are common to a large number of countries, and which may therefore be caused by the common instruments or methodology used by WFS surveys....This report deals with segments or topics separately, with chapters on age reporting, nuptiality, fertility and infant and child mortality, each covering all countries."
Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

52:20752 Holt, D. Cross-level analyses: discussion. In: The collection and analysis of community data. WFS seminar on collection and analysis of data on community and institutional factors, 20-23 June 1983, edited by John B. Casterline. 1985. 207-9 pp. International Statistical Institute [ISI]: Voorburg, Netherlands; World Fertility Survey [WFS]: London, England. In Eng.
The author summarizes discussions on cross-level analysis that took place at a 1983 seminar evaluating the methodology and results of the World Fertility Survey's community-level module. The advantages and limitations of some of the investigations involving community-level variables that have been conducted up to the present time are briefly considered. Several suggestions for survey design are enumerated.
Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

52:20753 International Statistical Institute [ISI] (Voorburg, Netherlands); World Fertility Survey [WFS] (London, England). The World Fertility Survey: final report. [1985?]. 228 pp. International Statistical Institute [ISI]: Voorburg, Netherlands. In Eng.
"This, the final report of the World Fertility Survey (WFS), presents the highlights of the programme covering the entire thirteen-year period of the endeavour. It includes briefly its objectives, organization, funding, staffing and major activities, and also a calendar of events 1971-1984 and lists of publications and papers prepared by WFS or based upon WFS data."
Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

52:20754 Kasprzyk, Daniel; Frankel, Delma. Survey of Income and Program Participation and related longitudinal surveys: 1984. Selected papers given at the 1984 annual meeting of the American Statistical Association in Philadelphia, Pa., August 13-16, 1984. Jan 1985. ix, 202 pp. U.S. Bureau of the Census, Population Division: Washington, D.C. In Eng.
This report contains a selection of papers concerning the Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP) which were presented at the 144th annual meeting of the American Statistical Association. SIPP collects data on income distribution and poverty in the United States and involves interviewing approximately 20,000 households at four-monthly intervals over a two-and-a-half year period. Data are included on employment, types of income, noncash benefits, assets, liabilities, and taxes. Periodic questions are also included on school enrollment, marital history, migration, and disability.
The 24 papers are divided into five sessions and deal with both substantive and methodological issues. The comments of discussants are also included. One session is devoted to international experience and contains papers on surveys in the Federal Republic of Germany, Sweden, and Australia.
Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

52:20755 Lapham, Robert J.; Westoff, Charles F. Demographic and Health Surveys: population and health information for the late 1980s. Population Index, Vol. 52, No. 1, Spring 1986. 28-34 pp. Princeton, New Jersey. In Eng.
This is a report on the Demographic and Health Surveys program, which is "intended as a primary source of international population and health information for policymakers and for the research community." The authors summarize the program components, which include "(1) development and testing of new survey methodology and procedures; (2) conducting 35 surveys; (3) dissemination of findings; and (4) further analysis of DHS and related survey data." In addition, the 10 principal features of the strategy for achieving the program objectives are described. An appendix outlines the content of the core questionnaires.
Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

52:20756 Morah, Benson C. Evaluation of the Nigeria Fertility Survey 1981-2. WFS Scientific Reports, No. 80, Jul 1985. 57 pp. International Statistical Institute [ISI]: Voorburg, Netherlands; World Fertility Survey [WFS]: London, England. In Eng.
"The quality of the data collected in the NFS [Nigeria Fertility Survey] is evaluated here with the objective of discovering the types of errors found in the data, the sources of the errors and their effects on the demographic estimates as published in the First Country Report and the Summary of Findings....Since external data sources on a national scale are not available for the country (except the 1963 population census), the evaluation of the NFS data to be undertaken here will unavoidably be confined to internal consistency checks and comparisons or checks with any adequate and available theoretical models." Particular attention is given to data on age, nuptiality, fertility, and infant and child mortality.
"In conclusion, the dating of vital events was found to be poor in the NFS. Coverage of events was, however, relatively adequate if not very complete. Because of this, most of the estimates of fertility, nuptiality and mortality are reliable to the extent that they are presented for either broad age groups or broad durations."
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52:20757 Mostert, W. P.; Lotter, J. M. Response stability in social research: lessons from a longitudinal study of the family-building process. Suid-Afrikaanse Tydskrif vir Sosiologie/South African Journal of Sociology, Vol. 17, No. 1, 1986. 1-6 pp. Pretoria, South Africa. In Eng. with sum. in Afr.
"Responses to questions, phrased to elicit identical answers from the same individuals over time, are compared. The questions were used in a South African longitudinal study on the family-building process. Although consistency for certain questions was high, consistency was particularly low for questions on family-planning methods used and desired number of children at the time of marriage....The need to evaluate the quality of data obtained in survey research, especially where heavy reliance is placed on memory recall, is stressed."
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52:20758 Nelson, Dawn; McMillen, David B.; Kasprzyk, Daniel. An overview of the Survey of Income and Program Participation: update 1. SIPP Working Paper Series, No. 8401, Dec 1985. v, 50 pp. U.S. Bureau of the Census: Washington, D.C. In Eng.
This paper presents a general introduction to the Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP). The SIPP, which began in 1983, is a nationwide survey designed to provide comprehensive information on the economic situation of households and individuals in the United States. It includes data on "cash and noncash income, eligibility and participation in various government transfer programs, labor force status, assets and liabilities, and many other topics on a regular basis to learn how changes in people's lives affect their economic well-being."
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52:20759 Nizamuddin, M. Collecting WFS community data: the Pakistan experience. In: The collection and analysis of community data. WFS seminar on collection and analysis of data on community and institutional factors, 20-23 June 1983, edited by John B. Casterline. 1985. 243-8 pp. International Statistical Institute [ISI]: Voorburg, Netherlands; World Fertility Survey [WFS]: London, England. In Eng.
"The main purpose of this paper is to review the strengths and weaknesses of the WFS [World Fertility Survey] approach to collecting data on community-level factors which are hypothesized to affect fertility. The discussion draws heavily upon Pakistan's experience in the collection and analysis of community-level data." Reasons for collecting community-level data are outlined, the findings from analyses of the WFS data for selected countries are summarized, and problems with data collection are discussed.
The author concludes that "the weakest aspect of the WFS experience with community data has been organization and implementation....There was no definitive programme with respect to the training of staff, the mechanics of collection, linking and analysis of community and individual-level data, in contrast to the guidance provided for household and individual data."
Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

52:20760 Sardon, Jean-Paul. The collection of data on contraceptive practice: results of a survey by INED-INSEE in 1978. [La collecte des donnees sur les pratiques contraceptives: les enseignements de l'enquete INED-INSEE de 1978.] Population, Vol. 41, No. 1, Jan-Feb 1986. 73-91 pp. Paris, France. In Fre. with sum. in Eng; Spa.
Some lessons concerning the collection of data on contraceptive usage learned during the course of a 1978 national fertility survey of France are examined. The author notes the importance of not underestimating the use of traditional methods of contraception and of making certain that the stated method of contraception is that currently in use. The need for careful questionnaire design is stressed.
Location: Princeton University Library (SPR).

52:20761 Werner, Linda H. Creating community-level data: experiences in Kenya. In: The collection and analysis of community data. WFS seminar on collection and analysis of data on community and institutional factors, 20-23 June 1983, edited by John B. Casterline. 1985. 235-42 pp. International Statistical Institute [ISI]: Voorburg, Netherlands; World Fertility Survey [WFS]: London, England. In Eng.
"This report focuses on the experiences and problems encountered in the effort to create community-level variables from multiple surveys in a multi-purpose sample survey programme. It is discussion of the process of data reduction necessary and not of analysis." The surveys examined are the National Integrated Sample Survey Programme for Kenya, which was in effect from 1974 to 1979, and the 1977-1978 Kenya Fertility Survey.
"The major conclusion is basically that the procedure is more complicated than anticipated. The demands of the added theoretical and practical steps necessary to create a usable file of aggregated data definitely limit the potential of such an approach."
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