CCSD has been working on an official position on the NHS over the past several weeks.
In addition, the CDP team will provide assistance on using it, as well as validating findings with the help of other datasets available to the program. We're also aiming to host at least one additional webinar in the spring of 2014 that helps members understand how to use income data from both the NHS and Taxfiler tables.
Here is the official CCSD position on the 2011 NHS (download):
The November 21 webinar "Using the NHS at the scale of cities and communities" was a great success, with 215 registrations, and 158 attendees.
In particular, it helped us understand some of the ways to assess the quality of the National Household Survey in addition to the global non-response rate, while driving home a commonly mentioned point: use the NHS to report on socioeconomic variables at the neighbourhood and municipal scale, but make sure to do so with caution.
Community Data Canada is hosting a free webinar to discuss how the National Household Survey can serve the needs of municipalities and community sector organisations at the municipal and sub-municipal scale (census division, census subdivision, census tract, and dissemination area).
Statistics Canada delivered a presentation on the National Household Survey at the National Housing Research Committee on November 5, 2013. The presentation includes insight on data quality that elaborates on the information provided in the NHS user guide.