A Census gathers information on population and housing. In most countries, a Census is carried out every 10 years. A Census is likely to be the most comprehensive survey a country carries out, as it covers each member of the population, rather than collecting data from a representative sample. Census data enable policy-makers to make informed and relevant decisions, based on current and projected trends.
1996 • Fiji
Demographic and Health Surveys
Demographic and Health Surveys (DHSs) collect information on population, health and nutrition. Ideally, DHSs are carried out every five years and cover subjects including fertility, family planning, maternal and child health, nutrition, and diseases. DHS results inform countries’ population policies, health plans, human development reports, development strategies and national Millennium Development Goal (MDG) reports.
Family Health and Safety Surveys
These surveys aim to discover the causes and consequences of domestic violence and related child abuse. The surveys also seek to establish what forms of protection currently exist and help identify ways to reduce the prevalence of domestic violence and child abuse.
Household Income and Expenditure Surveys
Household income and expenditure surveys (HIESs) provide information on people’s living conditions and income/expenditure patterns. Data from HIESs are used for rebasing a country’s consumer price index, in the preparation of national accounts and to analyse poverty and hardship in communities.
2001 • French Polynesia 2000/01
National MDG reports set out each country's progress towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals. Many Pacific Island nations completed their first national report around 2005 and have either recently completed or are currently working on a second report.
Cook Islands 2005 and 2010
Papua New Guinea 2005
MetaData Catalog (IHSN)
The Survey reports you see to your left are in the process of being stored at the microdata level online in the National Data Archive, and offline in the Metadata Toolkit.
Millenium Development Goals