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SCAD Concludes Fieldwork for the National Socio-cultural Survey 2013
2013-07-07 17:06:29
WAM ABU DHABI, July 7th, 2013 (WAM) -- Statistics Centre - Abu Dhabi (SCAD) has announced the completion of the Abu Dhabi part of the fieldwork for the "Socio-cultural Survey 2013", launched for the fourth consecutive year by the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Community Development (MCYCD) in collaboration with a number of statistical bureaus nationwide. Data collection for the survey took 5 days, preceded by the training of field enumerators.

The survey is designed to measure and determine trends over time for a range of socio-cultural indicators that in their entirety are indicative of public attitudes to national identity. The survey is performed through personal field visits by enumerators to citizen's households. The households surveyed represent a comprehensive sample covering diversity within the UAE society in terms of the variables of the study, which include gender, age, educational attainment and area of residence.

Statistics Centre - Abu Dhabi explained that the survey sample being used is made up from 320 citizen households, with one individual to be selected from each household for interview. The targeted households are spread across the regions of Abu Dhabi Emirate, with 210 interviewees in Abu Dhabi city, 80 in Al Ain city and 30 in the Al Gharbia Western region. The sample has been chosen to represent both male and female citizens aged 18 years and over, to ensure that the results obtained are a true expression of the characteristics being studied.

Statistics Centre - Abu Dhabi's affirmed its commitment to cooperate with the MCYCD in the carrying out of this survey, in line with the Centre's role as the official statistical authority of Abu Dhabi Emirate. According to Circular No. 01 for the year 2011, issued by the Executive Council of Abu Dhabi, all government and non-government entities in the emirate are required to obtain the approval of SCAD and to act in coordination with it before embarking on any statistical field survey in the emirate, besides ensuring full compliance with the statistical definitions, classifications and technical standards adopted by the Centre, in addition to obtaining the approval of the Centre in writing prior to publishing any statistical data on the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, and to provide the Centre with all the data and information it needs to perform its role satisfactorily.

The circular also calls on various private and public agencies to facilitate the task of the Centre's staff during field surveys by completing questionnaires and providing the data as required and according to the schedule set for this purpose, plus several other important points.

In line with its strategy, SCAD works in close cooperation with all its stakeholders, including government and non-government agencies, universities and research centres and all parties concerned with statistical work in the emirate, to maximize the usefulness of the of statistical resources of Abu Dhabi Emirate and build a world class statistical system based on sound scientific principles, conforming to the best statistical practices, in terms of quality, relevance, accuracy and timeliness of the statistics compiled. SCAD also maintains distinguished relations and partnerships with a number of internationally renowned statistical institutions that the Centre cooperates with in the implementation of its strategic statistical projects.

SCAD hailed the existing cooperation with the MCYCD in the execution of this project, stressing its strategic significance for the ministry's goals, as embodied in supporting cultural activities, raising awareness about national UAE culture, preserving national identity and its characteristic features, and promoting integration and coordination between the public and private sectors to build effective partnerships.

The study findings and recommendations represent a key resource for future initiatives that strengthen social values. The study also seeks to explore the socio-economic impact of the dynamic development that has swept through the country in the recent past.

Statistics Centre - Abu Dhabi reiterated the Centre's commitment to the confidentiality of information contained in the survey data, stressing that it may be reviewed only by members of the committee supervising the project, which will look into the socio-cultural characteristics of local society and the rooted values that people believe in and actually practice in their lives. The results learned can prove valuable in addressing various issues and aspects that raise concerns in any way, in order to support a policy that drives the state's strategic development projects alongside cultural development.

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