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Uses cases for alternative population bases

Paper by United Kingdom, Poland and UNECE

This in-depth review examines actual and potential needs among users of official statistics for population statistics produced using bases other than usual residence, referred to as ‘alternative population bases’. The report attempts to clarify the difference between such alternative population bases and the growing phenomenon of alternative sources of population data, which also occupies a great deal of current high-level discourse in official statistics. The report's principal conclusion is that dedicated engagement with users to identify their needs will likely reveal a growing demand for such alternative population counts. The report finds that, as yet, the production of such statistics is relatively limited.