Ministry of Finance, Statistical Service

CYSTAT awarded the “Innovation award 2011 for the public sector”

On the 3rd October 2012, the Statistical Service of Cyprus (CYSTAT) received the award “Innovation award 2011 for the public sector” for the innovative Cyprus Blaise Integrated Census System (CY-BICS) developed for the Population Census in 2011. The Cyprus Innovation Awards were established by the Employers’ and Industrialists Federation (OEB) with the support of the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Tourism and the Research Promotion Foundation.

CYSTAT developed CY-BICS in collaboration with Statistics Netherlands. The aim of CY-BICS was twofold. First, to capture the census data by applying the Computer Assisted Personal Interviewing (CAPI) method and second, to incorporate innovative and highly automated technologies for the production of accurate data quickly and efficiently at a low cost.

CY-BICS consists of four applications: Electronic Questionnaire, Supervisors’ Application, District Officers’ Application and the Central Application.

CY-BICS has achieved significant savings in cost estimated at 25% of the total census budget. The direct data entry, editing and coding in netbooks prevented the manual work after the data collection as well as the printing of questionnaires. The data editing during the interviews but also the editing in near real time by the supervisors and the assistant district officers contributed to the collection of high quality data and improved coverage. With CY-BICS the public was informed about the progress in the data collection during the census. The first preliminary results were published immediately after the end of the census.

From right to left: Mr Stavros Malas Minister of Health, Mr George Chr. Georgiou Director Statistical Service, Mr Philios Zachariades Chairman OEB, Mr George Georgiou Permanent Secretary Planning Bureau

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