Census enumerators

Census enumerators are trained employees of the Czech Post and the Czech Statistical Office. Their task is to distribute paper Census forms in a pre-announced time period to those who did not enumerate online. Census enumerators wear an ID card, which must be visibly placed and are obliged to prove their identity using their personal document (e.g. ID card or passport) upon request.
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Census enumerators deliver paper Census forms to households. If you have already got counted or if you are going to get counted online, you do not have to wait for the census officer (census enumerator) or take over the paper census form (questionnaire) either. Due to the epidemic situation, the services of Census enumerators have been adjusted in order to limit personal contact with the population. Enumerators will only hand over a paper Census form, a reply envelope or foreign language translations of the form. When distributing the forms, they are equipped with mouth and nose protection and comply to all currently valid hygiene measures.

The enumerator will arrive on a pre-announced date to meet you outside of your building.. They will enter buildings only in exceptional cases and only if the respondent requests them to, for example due to limited mobility. If you are quarantined or have symptoms of coronavirus infection, please be cautious. Follow the regulations of the regional hygienic station and avoid personal contact with the Census enumerator.

Approximately 10,000 Census enumerators will be involved in the Census 2021, who will be employed by the Czech Post. In the so-called separate Census districts, such as hospitals, hostels, homes for the elderly, there will be another roughly 2.5 thousand Census enumerators, who will be employed by the Czech Statistical Office.

Census enumerators are bound by law to maintain confidentiality about any personal data and all other facts they have learned in the course of their duties. They are bound by secrecy in all circumstances, even after duration of the Census.

When will the Census Enumerator come?
From 17 April, the Census enumerator will start distributing paper Census forms. If you have already got counted or if you are going to get counted online, you do not have to wait for the census officer (census enumerator) or take over the paper census form (questionnaire) either. The enumerator will arrive on a pre-announced date to meet you outside of your building. You will receive a notice with the date of the visit in your mailbox (or it will be posted on the notice board or on the front door of the building). In case you will not be home at the time, the date will not be changed, but the enumerator will try to reach you again and we will let you know when the alternative date will take place. You can learn about the date and interval of the enumerator's visit by telephone or in person at the Census contact points at selected branches of the Czech Post. Addresses and contacts can be found in the application for searching Census enumerators and contact points (only in Czech), on the Infoline +420 253 253 683 (an ordinary land line) or +420 840 30 40 50 (a chargeable white line) or at municipal offices (usually on official boards).
The date of the Enumerator's visit is not suitable?
The Census Enumerator will make two attempts to hand over a paper Census form. If the first announced date of his visit does not suit you, you can wait for the second alternative date. You can also pick up the form yourself at any Census contact point, at selected branches of the Czech Post and regional administrations of the Czech Statistical Office. Addresses and contacts can be found in the application for searching Census enumerators and contact points (only in Czech), on the infoline +420 253 253 683 (an ordinary land line) or +420 840 30 40 50 (a chargeable white line) or at municipal offices (usually on official boards).
How do you recognize a Census enumerator?
Census enumerators wear an ID card, which must be visibly placed and are obliged to prove their identity using their personal document (e.g. ID card or passport) upon request. The Census enumerator card is a plastic card which contains, among other things, the name and family name of the enumerator, the definition of his / her territorial competence, the card number, photograph and security features. The form of the card is determined by Decree No. 490/2020 Coll., Which implements some provisions of Act No. 332/2020 Coll., On the Census of population, houses and flats in 2021.

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Do you want to verify the name of your enumerator?
You can check the name of your Census enumerator in the application for searching Census enumerators and contact points (only in Czech). You can also call the infoline +420 253 253 683 (an ordinary land line) or +420 840 30 40 50 (a chargeable white line) or visit the Census contact point during opening hours in person. The names of the Census enumerators are also published at municipal offices (usually on official notice boards).
Will the enumerator know that I have already enumerated online?

It cannot be guaranteed that the census officer (census enumerator) will not ring the doorbell of a household that has already got counted online, namely in places where names of dwelling owners are not indicated on the doorbells and where the census officers (census enumerators) will thus not be able to recognize which doorbell belongs to which dwelling (flat). Therefore, we ask you for your understanding. In the case that the census officer (census enumerator) rings your doorbell and you have already got counted or you plan to get counted online, it is sufficient to just tell that to the census officer (census enumerator) (no confirmation is necessary). It is the task of the census officer (census enumerator) to deliver paper census forms (questionnaires) to those households that have not got counted online and that are waiting for the paper census form (questionnaire).

Detailed reasons are the following: Distribution of paper census forms (questionnaires) is planned based on data from the Online Census that are updated with a one-day delay. Due to parallel carrying out of the Online Census and the Paper Census it can happen that some households will get counted before the census officer (census enumerator) comes.
When they go to the field, census officers (census enumerators) have available lists of dwellings (flats) with names of owners that are available to the public in the real estate cadastre. These lists are not available for all houses (e.g. for housing cooperatives). Therefore, part of the dwellings (flats) in houses was marked with numbers for the purposes of the Census during the Census project preparation. In those lists, dwellings (flats) that got counted online will always be automatically marked at midnight (without names of specific enumerated persons due to personal data protection).
In the case that names or numbers on doorbells will correspond to the list used for marking dwellings (flats) in the electronic census form (questionnaire), the census officer (census enumerator) will not ring their doorbell. He/she will only ring the doorbell belonging to those dwellings (flats) that have not got counted online (and therefore were not indicated as such). It applies mainly to family houses and a part of multi-dwelling buildings for which the lists are available. If the house has two dwellings (flats) according to the real estate cadaster, with one household actually living here (and that has already counted itself online), the census officer (census enumerator) will still visit this house. Otherwise a part of population in such houses with two households actually living here will not get the possibility to get the paper census form (questionnaire).
As originally assumed, during the mapping of dwellings (flats), census officers (census enumerators) were to go to all multi-dwelling buildings before the Online Census started to get oriented in them and to be subsequently capable of matching names on doorbells with the list of dwellings (flats) better. Based on anti-epidemic measures, the CZSO decided that the census officers (census enumerators) will not enter the houses, they will not do so even when mapping dwellings (flats) (that took place only in a limited scope according to information on doorbells outside) or during the distribution of paper census forms (questionnaires).