The dataset contains the responses of 140 academic users of census data on their views about the 2001 Census of population. Questions were asked under the following four themes :
1. Topics and questions proposed for the 2001 Census.
2. Proposed changes in concepts for the 2001 Census.
3. Proposed changes in outputs for the 2001 Census : Area Statistics, Samples of Anonymised Records (SARS), Migration Statistics, Workplace Statistics, the ONS Longitudinal Study - inclusion of the 2001 Census, boundary data, look up tables, flexible outputs from the 2001 Census.
4. ESRC/JISC Census Programme services : registration procedures, help with census data, documentation and training, methods of access, software for extraction and analysis of census data, shape of the ESRC/JISC Census Programme after 2001.
The main scale used was a five-part categorisation of usefulness/importance for the respondent's research :
essential; highly desirable; of interest; very low priority; not of interest.