Fewer Hamiltonians took part in national survey

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By Joanna Frketich

Only about 65 per cent of Hamilton households responded to a Statistics Canada survey used to plan social policy and determine funding.

That is well under the national response rate of 69 per cent.

“The concern for Hamilton is that our response rate is lower than the national average,” said local social planner Sara Mayo. “Even though this data isn’t as high quality, some of it can still be used but with caution.”

Statistics Canada reported Wednesday that Hamilton’s response rate was 73 per cent and wrongly suggested it was above average. However, that was using a vastly different calculation that measures data quality. Under that same calculation, the national response rate is 77 per cent.

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Article source: The Hamilton Spectator

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