The Central Bureau of Statistics is currently preparing to conduct Israel's next Population Census. The previous Population Census was conducted in 2008, and the next one is planned for 2020.
The purpose of the Census is to provide a full, reliable picture of Israel's population and various characteristics, including demographic, social, and economic data about each locality in the country.
The Population Census is unique in that it can be used to investigate small and special population groups, and provide information about small geographic units.
In anticipation of the next Census, advance activities are planned for 2017-2018. Pilot surveys will be conducted in several localities around the country in order to test the Census methodology.
As will be the case in the Census, as part of the pilot survey process, CBS interviewers will conduct interviews face-to-face and via telephone. In an initial stage, interviewees will even be able to complete the questionnaire on the Internet.
The pilot survey is expected to begin in 2017. In the first stage, CBS interviewers will record and document the buildings in the field, and at a later stage, the residents will be requested to cooperate in responding to the survey.
This survey is defined as a "statistical act incidental to a census" as in paragraph 13a in The Statistics Ordinance [New Version], 5732 - 1972.
The pilot survey will be conducted in the following 14 localities: