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The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine
Committee on National Statistics
Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education
Improving the American Community Survey (ACS) through a Workshop and Expert Meetings

The U.S. Census Bureau desires to continually improve the American Community Survey (ACS) and, in particular, to respond to concerns of the public and Congress about the actual and perceived burden of the questionnaire and the communication and follow-up procedures with respondents. The Bureau has requested the assistance of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Committee on National Statistics (CNSTAT) in moving toward reduction of burden for the ACS by convening an expert steering committee to conduct a public workshop followed by four expert meetings. The workshop is intended to shed light on ACS burden concerns and challenges and opportunities for addressing them through public discussion among a wide range of stakeholders. It will result in a written summary of the proceedings.

The expert meetings will bring together relevant experts to discuss Census Bureau background documents on four topics: (1) use of matrix sampling to reduce actual and, potentially, perceived burden; (2) direct substitution of administrative records to replace survey questions to reduce actual and, potentially, perceived burden; (3) communication and mail package messaging to reduce perceived burden and encourage response by Internet or mail; and (4) tailoring and reduction of questionnaires for residents of institutionalized and non-institutionalized group quarters. There will be no written products from these meetings.

Workshop on Respondent Burden in the American Community Survey

March 8-9, 2016


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Expert Meetings

Matrix Sampling (April 7, 2016)

Use of Administrative Records (April 21, 2016)

Group Quarters Data Collection (May 24, 2016)

Communicating with Respondents and the American Public (June 2, 2016)

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