New Methods of Analysis and New Forms of Data

The majority of African countries conduct regularly census and nationally-representative sample surveys which provide data for monitoring policies and programmes. Census and sample surveys may be good in coverage, but they are limited when it comes to understanding household dynamics and rapidly evolving social changes. Furthermore, census and large sample surveys are infrequent so that data are several years old when they are used. Only a few countries in Africa have complete civil registration systems, meaning that the majority of countries lack timely data on the size, distribution, characteristics and trends of the population. There are new forms of data being collected continually from social media, loyalty cards, and administrative data. Such data, in isolation or linked to traditional data, may provide a valuable source for researchers and planners if accessibility and ethics are addressed. In this sub-theme we are looking for sessions that examine new methods of analysing traditional data, linking data and new forms of data that advance the population studies field.
Specifically, sessions should address:
a) New methods of data collection and analysis that advance the population field
b) New forms of data and how they can address challenges of traditional data sources
c) Accessibility of new, innovative data – addressing challenges of physically obtaining the information, intellectually comprehending it, and socially acceptability.
d) Integrating traditional and new forms of data