Consideration of impact of proposed guidance for 2021 census on data quality

Response to this request is long overdue. By law, under all circumstances, Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency should have responded by now (details). You can complain by requesting an internal review.

Dear Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency,

Please provide details of all work undertaken specifically to consider the potential impact of the proposed guidance to accompany the sex question in the 2021 census on the quality of analysis that will be possible using census data in relation to sub-groups, particularly those where existing evidence suggests a higher than average rate of transgender identities.

For example, a survey undertaken by HM Chief Inspector of Prisons revealed that 1 in 50 male prisoners in England and Wales identify as transgender. The Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust claims that between 1.2% and 2.7% of children and young people are ‘gender-diverse’.

Yours faithfully,

L Mackenzie

Good afternoon,


Thank you for your request for information. The Department is currently
experiencing a significant challenge on resources with staff shortages or
members of staff diverted from normal duties as part of the Covid -19

We would ask that you consider whether this information is essential in
the current circumstance or if you would consider withdrawing this request
and resubmitting when the pandemic is over.

If we do not hear back from you, we will assume you have withdrawn your
request at this time.

Thank you.


Transparency and Open Government

Department of Finance


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Good afternoon


On 27 April 2020 we asked that due to the COVID pandemic you would
consider withdrawing your FOI request and resubmitting at a later date.
The Department is now in a position to process all Freedom of Information


Please advise if you would like to resubmit your request.


Transparency & Open Government



Dear DoF FOI,

Yes, I would like to resubmit my request.

Many thanks.

Yours sincerely,

L Mackenzie

Good afternoon,

The Department of Finance acknowledges receipt of your request for information - your reference number is DOF/2020-0185

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Pamela Bannon.

Transparency and Open Government

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