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Post-enumeration Survey: 2013
Embargoed until 10:45am  –  27 May 2014
Definitions

About the Post-enumeration Survey

The 2013 Post-enumeration Survey (PES) was the fourth to be undertaken in New Zealand. The first was in 1996. The 2013 PES, like its predecessors, was a sample survey of individuals in private dwellings. 

The main objective of the 2013 PES was to measure the level of national coverage (undercount and overcount) in the 2013 Census.

Other definitions

Coverage: the proportion of the population counted in census. The coverage rate is usually expressed as a percentage of the estimated population that should have been counted.

Net undercount: is the gross undercount minus the gross overcount. The census net undercount is a measure of the difference between the number of people counted by census and the number estimated as eligible to be counted. That is, a measure of the difference between people missed by census and those counted more than once.

Overcount: the number of people counted more than once. This can happen if someone is away from home on census night and completes their own form at the same time as someone else completes a form on their behalf.

Response rate: the survey response rate is the proportion of eligible households who responded to the PES interviewer. A responding household was one where there was at least one fully responding eligible person.

Substitute record: substitute individual records are individual census records created where there is sufficient evidence that a person exists, but we have not received an individual census form for them.

Undercount: the number of people that were not counted, when they should have been. 

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