Monday December 7, 2020
Listing and Enumeration for the Continuous Sample Survey of the Population (CSSP)
The Central Statistical Office (CSO) is charged with the responsibility of producing Labour Force statistics on a quarterly and annual basis, based on data collected through a household survey referred to as the Continuous Sample Survey of the Population (CSSP). In each quarter, six (6) surveys are conducted, thereby making the CSSP the largest inter-censal exercise currently undertaken by the CSO. A wide range of demographic and socio-economic characteristics regarding the population of Trinidad and Tobago are obtained from the conduct of the CSSP.
In the conduct of the CSSP, a sample of areas (termed Enumeration Districts [EDs]) are selected for each of the six survey periods during the reference quarter. Survey interviewers then conduct a listing exercise in these areas, in which the following data are gathered:
- The name of the head of the household;
- The number of persons in the household: categorized by sex – male and female; and categorized by age: under 15 years and over 15 years;
- The address of the household and contact information of the respondent.
The information collected from the listing exercise is then used to determine the number of households to be sampled from each area (Enumeration District).
It should be noted that persons 15 years old and over are considered to be a part of the Labour Force if they are employed or willing to be employed, able to work and actively seeking employment. Hence, information on age is an important aspect of the survey both at the listing phase and the enumeration phase (when the questionnaire is administered).
Subsequent to the Listing exercise, a sample of households in the selected areas (Enumeration Districts) throughout Trinidad and Tobago are identified and data are collected by personal interview (face to face) from a responsible member (usually the head) of each household selected in the sample. Trained Enumerators and Supervisors are utilized to administer the specifically designed questionnaire for this survey.
What is the ‘new normal’ with respect to data collection during the COVID 19 Pandemic?
In order to protect its staff and respondents, CSO Field Interviewers have been advised to adopt the following measures during fieldwork;
- Protective Shields/Masks and/or gloves to be worn during the interaction;
- Maintaining social distancing and no physical contact during the interview;
- Extra precautions to be used when interviewing persons who are elderly and/or sick.
What do CSO field interviewers expect respondents to do when they visit?
- Please answer all questions to the best of your knowledge.
- Provide clarification on the given information if requested.
Is it mandatory and is it confidential?
The conduct of this survey is guided by the provisions of the Statistics Act, Chapter 19:02 of the Revised Laws of Trinidad and Tobago.
This Act provides the legal framework for the operations of the CSO to: “Collect, compile, analyze and publish statistical information relating to all social and economic activities of the people of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago”.
As provided in the Statistics Act, power to require persons to supply information:
Section 10. (1) Where any census is being undertaken or any other statistics are being collected in accordance with this Act, an authorised official may require any person from whom particulars may lawfully be required under this Act to supply him only with such particulars as may be prescribed or such of those particulars as the Statistician may consider necessary or desirable in relation to the taking of the census or the collection of the statistics; and for such purposes the person shall, to the best of his knowledge and belief, fill up such forms, make such returns, answer such questions and give all such information, in such manner and within such time as may be required by the authorised official in accordance with the Regulations made under section 13.
Data provided is used solely for developing summary tables and will not be used for the purposes of taxation, investigation or regulations.
In keeping with good statistical practices and as regulated under the Statistics Act (Chapter 19:02), the CSO must honour the confidentiality of data supplied by respondents and is therefore not permitted to release any information at an individual level. Data must be collated and summarized before being provided to the public and must be done in such a way that no individual household can be identified from the information released.
Key Statistical Tables produced from the CSSP Survey:
- Labour Force, Employment Status (number of persons Employed, number of Persons Unemployed) by Age and Sex
- Labour Force by Industrial Group, Employment Status and Sex
- Labour Force by Occupational Group, Employment Status and Sex
- Labour Force by Type of Worker, Employment Status and Sex
- Labour Force by Educational Attainment, Employment Status and Sex
In addition to these tables which are produced every quarter, more than 60 additional tables are generated on an annual basis. Given the wide range of tables produced from the data collected, it is imperative that all information required in the questionnaire is accurately provided.
Accurate and timely statistical information cannot be produced without your continued co-operation.
If you would like to know more about the various CSO surveys being conducted please check our website at; www.cso.gov.tt or call 624-7001
NO. OF PERSONS WHO WOULD BE ON THE FIELD (FIELD INTERVIEWERS):
There will be as many as 50 persons throughout Trinidad and Tobago at any one point in time: There are 20 Field Interviewers assigned to the Northern areas of Trinidad, 21 to the Central and Southern areas of Trinidad and 9 Field Interviewers to conduct the CSSP survey in Tobago.
ANY DISTINGUISHING CLOTHING OR OTHERWISE THAT WILL BE USED BY THE FIELD INTERVIEWERS THAT THE PUBLIC CAN USED TO INDENTIFY THAT THIS FIELD WORKERS IS WORKING ON BEHALF OF THE CSO:
The officers representing the CSO will all be equipped with a picture identification badge bearing the Name and Post of the person within the organization. These badges must be presented to the respondent before the interview can be conducted. The CSO’s logo is displayed at the back of the Identification Badge.
CONTACT NUMBER/ NUMBERS OF PERSONS IN THE OFFICE TO VERIFY FIELD INTERVIEWERS:
The public can call 625-2406 and ask for Ms. Nykela James or 624 -7311 for verification of the field interviewers in Trinidad and 635-1454 or 635-2147 for verification of the field interviewers in Tobago.
WHAT ARE THE SURVEY AREAS?
The field staff will be surveying households throughout the twin island state of Trinidad and Tobago
TIME THAT THE FIELD INTERVIEWERS ARE EXPECTED TO VISIT THE HOUSEHOLDS:
Field Interviewers conduct several visits to the Enumeration Districts to contact person/s within the households, in the convenience of their homes.