The Planning and Statistics Authority (PSA) announced the conclusion of field work in the final phase of the General Census of Population, Housing and Establishments 2020, which was launched in mid-December 2020. Field work at that phase continued until mid-January 2021, with the participation of nearly 2,000 field researchers who worked over that period to collect household and individual data and characteristics through field visits. The conclusion of the field work coincided with the closure of the Census E-registration Platform that allowed households and individuals to self-complete their data through the electronic form on PSA Website.
PSA had resumed the implementation of the final phase of field work of "Qatar Census 2020" on 1 December 2020 after it was suspended in mid-March 2020 as part of the precautionary measures taken by the State of Qatar to combat the spread of "Covid -19" pandemic. Field work was resumed after obtaining the approval of the Ministry of Public Health and adhering to all precautionary measures.
PSA extends its heartfelt thanks and gratitude to all members of the society, whether citizens and residents, for their cooperation with the Census Project through their response to researchers who visited them at their homes to collect their data during the period of field work, or by completing their data through the Census E-registration Platform. This indicated the societal awareness of the importance of this project and its role in drawing up the State's development plans. The Census is one of the main pillars in bringing forward national strategic development plans that stem from Qatar National Vision 2030.
It is worth noting that PSA is currently working on completing, reviewing, auditing and evaluating census data in preparation for publishing its preliminary results in the second quarter of 2021.
Further, PSA called on all households and individuals who were unable to fill in their data during the field work period or through the electronic form to communicate with PSA to coordinate the completion of their data in the Census until mid-February 2021. PSA has allocated the toll-free number 8000800 from 8:00 am until 8:00 pm in order to receive calls from households and individuals who want to fill in their data.
PSA stressed that data collected during "Qatar Census 2020" are confidential, and also emphasized that all individual data obtained will be treated with strict confidentiality in accordance with the Official Statistics Law, and such data will be used only for the purposes of producing general population statistics for the State of Qatar.