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The Importance of Census and Other Secondary Data in Development Studies

Why census and other secondary data are important in development studies The changing context of census taking and analysis Problems in working with census material in developing countries The strengths and weaknesses of different secondary data sources Using secondary data to highlight some key concerns about global population issues National census statistics and other secondary data sources are vital to evaluating development progress and making comparisons over time and between countries. These secondary data sources are also useful to development studies researchers wishing to provide a context for their own in-depth field studies and have been used by some to make wider generalizations from the results of small-scale questionnaire surveys and focused interview research. Secondary data (defined as information that has been collected by someone else) can also be useful in making an initial exploration of potential relationships in the development arena that can later be examined in more detail ...

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