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What We Learned About User-Centered Technology for Census Outreach

Oct 1, 2018
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Census

Every 10 years, the federal government is required to conduct a census to count all the nation's residents. ​An accurate count of the U.S. population forms the basis for many important political, economic, and social decisions - ranging from congressional apportionment and redistricting to allocation of more than $675 billion dollars of federal funding each year for infrastructure, emergency services, and critical social programs. The Census Bureau uses a Master Address File (MAF) to send out information on completing the census and identify which residences require a follow-up. If an address is left off the MAF, it is very unlikely an enumerator will be sent to follow up or that an estimated count for that household is included in the census. In low-income, minority, and immigrant neighborhoods, as many as ​2-3% ​of the places where people live may not be on this list.

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Enumerator Recruitment: A High Impact Opportunity to Address Undercount in the 2020 Census

Nov 1, 2018
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CCL
Census

Sourcing and recruiting high-quality field staff is a strategic way to use precious grant dollars to ensure an accurate count. Door-to-door enumeration will account for up to 40 percent of America’s households in the 2020 Census, nearly 50 percent more than in 2010. The Census needs to hire, train and deploy nearly half a million enumerators — about the same number as the entire US retail sector hires during the holiday season — to knock on doors across the country. The Census Bureau is asking local nonprofits and community-based organizations for help in sourcing those candidates, especially from hard-to-count areas.

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