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Addressing Priority Technical Issues for the Next Decade of the American Community Survey
Project Scope

An ad hoc panel will conduct a study to address priority technical issues for the American Community Survey (ACS) as the survey enters its next decade. The panel will consider how the Census Bureau could improve performance in several areas, which may ultimately lead to improved data products. The panel should conduct its work on the assumption that increases in ACS resources may not be possible. · The panel will focus on methods and approaches to improve the accuracy of demographic, social, economic, and housing information produced from the ACS for the smallest geographic areas and population groups and will advise the Census Bureau on how to communicate the changes to data users in ways that facilitate effective use of the data. · The panel will also consider data collection processes that can more efficiently meet national and local needs for new content in the broader context of the fundamental mission of the ACS. The project is sponsored by the U.S. Census Bureau. The approximate start date for the project is 9/01/2011. One or more letter reports on specific technical issues may be issued in the course of the project. A final report will be issued at the end of the project in approximately 30 months. Note: The Project Scope has been revised. The updated version is as shown above.

Members
Dr. Alan M. Zaslavsky (Chair) - Harvard Medical School
Dr. Michael Davern - National Opinion Research Center
Dr. Jeffrey Hardcastle - University of Nevada, Reno
Dr. Scott H. Holan - University of Missouri-Columbia
Dr. James S. House - University of Michigan
Mr. David Hubble - Westat, Inc.
Dr. Linda A. Jacobsen - Population Reference Bureau, Inc.
Dr. Michael W. Link - A.C. Nielsen Company
Dr. Jennifer H. Madans - National Center for Health Statistics
Dr. David A. Plane - University of Arizona
Dr. Jerome P. Reiter - Duke University
Dr. Joseph J. Salvo - New York City Department of City Planning
Mr. Robert L. Santos - The Urban Institute
For more information, see the complete record at the National Academies' Current Project site


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