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Planning for 2001 Census Products and Services has begun
2) understand user reactions to specific 1996 products and services;
3) identify emerging needs in the market place and how the ABS can develop products and services to meet these needs; and
4) report on the outcome of the research and make recommendations to users and ABS management for the 2001 output program.
By undertaking wide client consultation, the ABS will be able to better understand users' needs and this information will assist the ABS to design 2001 Census products and services.
The first round of consultation commenced in February 1999 and consists of qualitative studies based on relatively small sample sizes. This initial research aims to determine clients' overall attitudes to the 1996 Census output program and their views on selected products and services such as CDATA96, Census KeyData, SEIFA96 and Community Profile series.
ABS Views on Census Output will be sent to all Census Update subscribers in September 1999. In this publication people will be asked to express their interest in taking part in the next stage of the consultative process. Respondents will then be sent a questionnaire which will comprise two parts:
a) questions relating to the client's use of 1996 Census products and services and the client's use of technology (formats/ media/ delivery mechanisms, industry standard software in use, internet use); and
b) questions relating to the strategies proposed by ABS which reflect users' views highlighted in the qualitative research for 2001 Census products and services.
ABS Views on Census Products and Services will also be sent to all Census Update subscribers. This publication will document the full range of products and services to be produced for the 2001 Census, including a CDATA-type product. A questionnaire will seek detailed information on the proposed data content of specific products. In addition to the mail-out of publications and questionnaires, a number of face-to-face interviews will be conducted with key users to obtain more detailed feedback. A supplement containing detailed information about the content of the proposed publications and Community Profile series will also be provided to users for reference when completing the survey.
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