How to collect demographic data

Discover why it’s important to collect demographic data and how and when to collect it. The resource also contains ideas about how you can support your staff and volunteers to collect demographic data.
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About this resource

It’s important that we understand how different groups of people experience health and social care services. To make this a reality we need to collect demographic data from people as well as their experience. 

We know that some Healthwatch find it difficult to collect demographic data, so Healthwatch Tower Hamlets has produced this guidance to help. 

It includes: 

  • Why collecting demographic data matters 
  • Different factors that can influence someone's health, wellbeing and access to services
  • When to ask demographic questions
  • Tips to support you in asking these questions in conversations 


To find out more read the full guidance on collecting demographic data.