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Census and Enumeration Mobile Data Collection 2013

Census collection occurs every year in Calgary, and Enumeration happens every three years. In 2013, The City began collecting Census and Enumeration information using mobile tablet devices.

Electronic data collection allows census and enumeration information to be entered on mobile computing devices in real time over the cellular network. This new approach reduces the annual 500,000 pages of printing for the census and 225,000 pages for the enumeration. Other benefits of mobile data collection include improved data quality and overall cost savings in  the census taking process.

This is an example of Transforming Government because the electronic data collection reflects sustainability, innovation, and accountability principles that put citizens first.

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What is Transforming Government?

Government exists to serve citizens. Every day, citizens are touched by The City of Calgary and the services it offers. Transforming Government is a culture of constant improvement at The City of Calgary — improvement that makes life better for all citizens.

In 2011, Mayor Naheed Nenshi and City Council unanimously agreed to embrace and reinforce this approach to constant improvement — Transforming Government is a way to do just that. So, when you see the Transforming Government stamp on something, you know it is part of something that makes Calgary even better.

A public work, an initiative, project, program or plan marked with Transforming Government reflects one or more of the following principles:

Transparency provides a clear view of exactly what’s going on “behind the scenes”, so citizens can understand why a project or service exists.

Accountability is the clear demonstration of how and why The City has done something, and that The City and Council accept responsibility for the decision, program or plan.

Civic Engagement is a commitment to bring together citizens, organizations, and City employees in the planning and development of our great city.

Innovation describes new ideas, services, or approaches that make living and working in Calgary even better.

Citizen Orientation ensures that a program, project or service is designed with customers or citizens in mind.

Sustainability describes long-term thinking that makes for a healthy community, environment, and economy, now and in the future.

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