Consolidation of boundaries makes population data accessible and legible so that decision-makers know where and how people live. This process also creates effective and informed plans that meet local needs. Consistent boundaries are essential to:
- Accurately understanding the population within a given area, such as a district or ward
Populations and settlements can only be accurately counted if there are boundaries for that given area.
- Allocating resources or services to the population equitably
Clearly defined administrative units allow planners to determine how much of a given resource is needed, and where exactly it should be delivered to reach its intended public.
- Sustainable planning across government bodies
Consistent spatial representation enables intra-governmental collaboration.
- Clear demarcation of governance structures and jurisdiction
- Increasing accountability of government officials and agencies
- Census enumeration
Enumeration areas help facilitate data collection at the local level within a given time period. These areas are then aggregated to higher-level boundaries, which must be consistent in order for the census to provide meaningful insight into national population dynamics.