With 140 graduates recruited for the work, the National Statistics Bureau (NSB) has started punching data that was collected in the last population and housing census of Bhutan.

Census Commissioner, Chhime Tshering, said, that on average, a person completes punching data for 25 households a day. “But this will depend on the number of family members in a household,” he said. “We are hoping that the speed will improve once the graduates get experienced.”

He said they would complete data entry by the end of December this year and take about four months on report writing and data analysis. “We are about to complete data entry for Samdrupjongkhar thromde and Wangduephodrang.”

Each graduate enters data for about 25 households a day

Senior statistical officer, Pema Namgay, said, there are 36 data editors, 20 data coders, five batch editors, five file managers and 73 data keyers. To ensure that they understood the process, NSB officials trained the graduates for different category of work. There are about six supervisors assigned to assess graduates on their work

One of the data editors, Sherub Dema, said that the main challenge she faced during data editing was incorrect phone numbers of people. “I edit questionnaires and incorrect information such as age by verifying it over the telephone.”

Chhime Tshering said data entry started from July 4. He said, time was the main challenge in entering data. “But we have a process of check and balance where data inconsistencies are cleaned so that quality is not compromised,” he said.

The graduates are recruited for about five months. Chhime Tshering said preference was given to graduates who had experience in doing surveys, entering data and being enumerators.

Dawa Tshering, a data coder said that households based in town areas take more time to code. “The speed of our work relies on the speed of the data editors,” he said. The bureau plans to publish the report by April next year.

Rinchen Zangmo and  Tshewang Lhamo


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