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Coordinating and Sustaining Federal Statistics

Decennial Census and American Community Survey

Economic Measurement

Federal Household and Business Surveys

Health and Social Welfare

Principles and Practices for a Federal Statistical Agency

Science Technology and Innovation (STI) Indicators

Statistical Methods and Estimates for Policy Use

Decennial Census and American Community Survey

 

The Decennial Census: Review & Planning

Studies of the decennial census are among the most plentiful in CNSTAT’s portfolio, from a consideration of plans for the 1980 census to studies on aspects of 2020 census planning. One CNSTAT panel explored the complexity in answering the most basic of census questions—the number of people who reside at, and should be counted at, a particular location—and suggested methodological improvements to collecting residence information. Another panel study considered the goals of census coverage measurement in the 2010 census and assessed possibilities for using administrative records to evaluate coverage and improve other census operations. Among the most ambitious of CNSTAT’s census studies was a “realtime,” independent assessment of the 2000 census, which followed the process from dress rehearsal to the late stages of coverage evaluation. In 2010, CNSTAT’s Panel to Review the 2010 Census conducted 58 site visits to local and regional census offices, data capture centers, and other census facilities, as part of its task to evaluate the 2010 census. That panel continues its work with a major focus on early research and planning for a cost-effective 2020 census.

 

The American Community Survey

More than a simple replacement for the long-form sample of past censuses, the Census Bureau’s new American Community Survey (ACS) presents a fundamental change in the availability and timeliness of detailed social and economic data. A 1998 CNSTAT workshop helped shape early pilot work for the ACS, and a major panel study reviewed the complex estimation and interpretation challenges of the survey in a report released in 2007. More recently, CNSTAT panels have evaluated ACS uses by other federal agencies, including the Food and Nutrition Service, and considered the coverage of the “group quarters” population (such as college students and nursing home residents) in ACS estimates. In 2012, CNSTAT convened an expert workshop on user needs and a panel on priority technical issues for the ACS.

 

Current Projects

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


Review of the 2010 Census


International Conference on Census Methods

   
Completed Projects and Workshops
   

The Benefits (and Burdens) of the American Community Survey


Using the American Community Survey to Expand Access to School Meals Programs

   

 

   

  

 

Relevant Reports

Benefits, Burdens, and Prospects of the American Community Survey: Summary of a Workshop  (CNSTAT)
2013

In June 2012, the Committee on National Statistics (sponsored by the U.S. Census Bureau) convened a Workshop on the Benefits (and Burdens) of the American Community Survey (ACS)---the detailed... Read more


Using American Community Survey Data to Expand Access to the School Meals Programs  (CNSTAT)
2012

The National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs, administered by the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), are key components of the nation's food... Read more


Small Populations, Large Effects: Improving the Measurement of the Group Quarters Population in the American Community Survey  (CNSTAT)
2012

In the early 1990s, the Census Bureau proposed a program of continuous measurement as a possible alternative to the gathering of detailed social, economic, and housing data from a sample of the U.S.... Read more


Allocating Federal Funds for State Programs for English Language Learners  (CNSTAT,BOTA)
2011

As the United States continues to be a nation of immigrants and their children, the nation's school systems face increased enrollments of students whose primary language is not English. With the 2001... Read more


Change and the 2020 Census: Not Whether But How  (CNSTAT)
2011

Sponsored by the Census Bureau and charged to evaluate the 2010 U.S. census with an eye toward suggesting research and development for the 2020 census, the Panel to Review the 2010 Census uses this... Read more


Developing and Evaluating Methods for Using American Community Survey Data to Support the School Meals Program:Interim Report  (CNSTAT)
2010

The National School Lunch Program and the School Breakfast Program, administered by the Food and Nutrition Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), are key components of the nation's food... Read more


Envisioning the 2020 Census  (CNSTAT)
2010

Planning for the 2020 census is already beginning. This book from the National Research Council examines several aspects of census planning, including questionnaire design, address updating,... Read more


Measuring the Group Quarters Population in the American Community Survey: Interim Report  (CNSTAT)
2010

Following several years of testing and evaluation, the American Community Survey (ACS) was launched in 2005 as a replacement for the census "long form," used to collect detailed social, economic, and... Read more


Coverage Measurement in the 2010 Census  (CNSTAT)
2009

The census coverage measurement programs have historically addressed three primary objectives: (1) to inform users about the quality of the census counts; (2) to help identify sources of error to... Read more


Using the American Community Survey for the National Science Foundation's Science and Engineering Workforce Statistics Programs  (CNSTAT)
2008

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has long collected information on the number and characteristics of individuals with education or employment in science and engineering and related fields in the... Read more


Research and Plans for Coverage Measurement in the 2010 Census: Interim Assessment  (CNSTAT)
2007

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Using the American Community Survey: Benefits and Challenges  (CNSTAT)
2007

The American Community Survey (ACS) is a major new initiative from the U.S. Census Bureau designed to provide continuously updated information on the numbers and characteristics of the nation s people... Read more


Once, Only Once, and in the Right Place: Residence Rules in the Decennial Census  (CNSTAT)
2006

The usefulness of the U.S. decennial census depends critically on the accuracy with which individual people are counted in specific housing units, at precise geographic locations. The 2000 and other... Read more


Reengineering the 2010 Census: Risks and Challenges  (CNSTAT)
2004

At the request of the U.S. Census Bureau, the National Research Council s Committee on National Statistics established the Panel on Research on Future Census Methods to review the early planning... Read more


The 2000 Census: Counting Under Adversity  (CNSTAT)
2004

The decennial census was the federal government s largest and most complex peacetime operation. This report of a panel of the National Research Council s Committee on National Statistics... Read more


Planning the 2010 Census: Second Interim Report  (CNSTAT)
2003

The Panel on Research on Future Census Methods has a broad charge to review the early planning process for the 2010 census. Its work includes observing the operation of the 2000 census, deriving... Read more


Planning the 2010 Census: Second Interim Report  (CNSTAT)
2003

The Panel on Research on Future Census Methods has a broad charge to review the early planning process for the 2010 census. Its work includes observing the operation of the 2000 census, deriving... Read more


Proceedings, First Workshop:Panel to Review the 2000 Census  (CBASSE)
2001

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Proceedings, Second Workshop:Panel to Review the 2000 Census  (CBASSE)
2001

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Proceedings, Third Workshop:Panel to Review the 2000 Census  (CBASSE)
2001

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The 2000 Census: Interim Assessment  (CBASSE)
2002

Part I: Letter Report Part II: Interim Report Executive Summary Introduction Charge to the Panel Census Oversight: A Brief Review Availability of Information March Adjustment Decision Scope and... Read more


The American Community Survey: Summary of a Workshop  (CBASSE)
2001

The American Community Survey (ACS), to be run by the Census Bureau, will be a large (250,000 housing units a month), predominantly mailout/mailback survey that will collect information similar to... Read more


Designing the 2010 Census: First Interim Report  (CBASSE)
2000

The Panel on Research on Future Census Methods was formed to examine alternative designs for the 2010 census and to assist the Census Bureau in planning tests and analyses to help assess and compare... Read more


Measuring a Changing Nation:Modern Methods for the 2000 Census  (CBASSE)
1999

This final report of the Panel on Alternative Census Methodologies provides an assessment of the Census Bureau's plans for the 2000 census as of the time of the 1998 census dress rehearsal. It... Read more


Letter Report addressed to Dr. Martha Farnsworth Riche, Director, U.S. Bureau of the Census  (CBASSE)
1997

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Preparing For the 2000 Census:Interim Report II  (CBASSE)
1997

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Modernizing the U.S. Census  (CBASSE)
1994

The U.S. census, conducted every 10 years since 1790, faces dramatic new challenges as the country begins its third century. Critics of the 1990 census cited problems of increasingly high costs,... Read more


Counting People in the Information Age  (CBASSE)
1994

How do you count a nation of more than 250 million people--many of whom are on the move and some of whom may not want to be counted? How can you obtain accurate population information for apportioning... Read more


A Census that Mirrors America:Interim Report  (CBASSE)
1993

This volume examines the Census Bureau's program of research and development of the 2000 census, focusing particularly on the design of the 1995 census tests. The tests in 1995 should serve as a prime... Read more


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