The Ghana Statistical Service (GSS) has commenced the last phase of training for Master Trainers for the 2021 Population and Housing Census (PHC) in Winneba. This in-person training workshop on Computer Assisted Personal Interviewing (CAPI) is scheduled to last from 9th to 16th December 2020 and follows a 10-day virtual training programme.
The CAPI training is necessary because the upcoming 2021 PHC which is scheduled to take place in April and May 2021 is a digital census that involves the use of tablets (Computer Assisted Personal Interviewing, CAPI) for electronic data capture and syncing. As such, trainers for the 2021 PHC are required to have mastery of the use of tablets in addition to the questionnaire content and enumeration procedures.
In all, 127 prospective Master Trainers are participating in the workshop which will involve assessments to determine the participants who will be selected as Master Trainers for the 2021 PHC. The Master Trainers are at the apex of a four-tier training strategy for the 2021 PHC which aims to train approximately 75,000 Field Officers to collect data. Master Trainers will train National Trainers who will in turn train Regional Trainers who will directly train Field Officers.