On 5 May 2020, the National Statistics Office launched a Public Consultation whereby stakeholders were invited to submit proposals for additional themes and questions that could potentially be included in the Census of Population and Housing. The Public Consultation is an essential part of the Census process as it ensures that the needs of users are carefully considered. Such needs must, however, be balanced by issues of response burden, cost-effectiveness, data quality and above all, the need to keep the questionnaire to a reasonable length.
A total of 39 proposals were received from individuals, entities, authorities and other stakeholders. Each proposal was considered carefully and a reason was provided for rejected proposals. The NSO also communicated to stakeholders alternative solutions for collecting the additional indicators proposed.