DUBAI // A survey that begins today is designed to gather information from the community and help government officials to create a comprehensive strategy for the social services sector.
About 4,000 families and 500 workers from the Emirati and expatriate populations will be taking part.
About 40 researchers and 10 supervisors are involved in the study, which is managed by the Community Development Authority (CDA) and the Dubai Statistics Centre (DSC).
Officials said the results would help to formulate the Government's social-sector plans during the next three years.
"It provides us with the basic and vital information that enables us to shape future growth plans and strategies," said Khalid al Kamda, the CDA's director general.
The survey will include questions on family size, use of social services, and income.
"We request all families to co-operate with researchers from DSC and provide information, the confidentiality of which is guaranteed by laws and regulations, to make this massive initiative a grand success," said Aref al Muhairi, the DSC's executive director.
The survey will also measure the level of awareness about health and labour services.
The DSC can be reached on 04 436 3300.