Census Rehearsal 2019

The census rehearsal operation started on 7 October 2019 and closed for returns on 7 November 2019, with a reference date of 13 October 2019.

The rehearsal was conducted in three local authority areas, namely parts of Glasgow City, Dumfries and Galloway and Na h-Eileanan Siar, reaching 72,000 households.

National Records of Scotland has evaluated the information gathered through the rehearsal and has now published an evaluation report (PDF 1MB). Scotland’s Census Rehearsal 2019 was a significant undertaking that tested some of the systems and services that will be used in Scotland’s Census 2022. This report provides a summary of the key findings of the rehearsal, and outlines the next steps for us to undertake to ensure the successful delivery of next year’s census.

Statistical methodology rehearsal 2020

From April to June 2020, we ran a rehearsal of several statistical methodologies for Scotland's Census 2022.

You can read the evaluation reports we produced from the rehearsal.