All residents of St. Kitts-Nevis are legally required to complete the Census Questionnaire, according to the Statistics Act. Additionally, the National Statistical Office of St. Kitts-Nevis is bounded by law to protect the confidentiality of the information respondents provide in the Census. Only the National Statistical Office of St. Kitts-Nevis employees who have taken the oath of secrecy have access to Census Questionnaires.
All persons living in St. Kitts-Nevis will be counted regardless of their immigration status. The aim of the Census is to count everyone. Information will only be used for statistical purpose and cannot be divulged to anyone.
The person should be uniformed in census attire (polo or t-shirt) with Census Logo printed somewhere on it, has a census picture identification card and a letter from the Census Office.
This data provides important information on housing trend and the contents in the household. Further, it ascertains that each person is only counted once.
No, you do not. Based on your response there will be skip patterns that will become applicable to you in different sections of the questionnaire.
St. Kitts-Nevis NSO places the highest priority on maintaining the confidentiality of individual questionnaires. Stringent instructions and procedures have been implemented to ensure that confidentiality is always maintained.
- All employees are sworn to secrecy when they are hired. The Statistics Act states persons can be penalized for revealing personal information.
- Private contractors do not have access to confidential data.
- Only a limited number of NSO employees have access to personal and confidential information. Those employees are responsible for the collection, handling, or processing of completed questionnaires.
- For the 2021 census, questionnaires will be administered using tablets. Once an interview is completed the information is protected through a number of security measures.
- Census data are processed and stored on a highly restricted internal network and cannot be accessed by anyone who has not taken the oath of secrecy.
- Data releases are screened so that anonymity is assured.
- Names, addresses and telephone numbers are not part of the census database used for dissemination but is used as a means of validating the data collected.
No. The St. Kitts-Nevis NSO is bounded by law to protect the identity of individuals in all published data. The St. Kitts-Nevis NSO will never release names, addresses or email addresses, alone or in combination with any other information from the census questionnaire. Names, addresses and email addresses will never be given or sold to any individual or organization, nor will they ever be put on any mailing lists.
The Statistics Act specifically requires that information about individuals be protected and kept strictly confidential. Identifiable information cannot be released to anyone outside of the NSO without the written consent of the person who would be identified.
The NSO requires this information for a number of reasons:
- Names, addresses and telephone numbers are needed to ensure that every person in each household is counted only once.
- If a questionnaire has not been answered completely, a telephone number allows the census Enumerator to contact the household to obtain the missing information for the appropriate person.
- An email address provides an alternate method of communication with the household should follow-up be required.
- If more than one questionnaire is used for a household, the address is important so that all replies from that household can be processed together.
Respondents should not use an alias when completing their census questionnaire. In cases where questionnaires are incomplete, real names are needed so that the NSO can clearly identify whose information is missing during follow-up.
All residents of St. Kitts-Nevis are legally required to complete the Census questionnaire, according to the Statistics Act.