CommunityConnect Labs Launches Community Motivator SMS Solution to Encourage 2020 Census Participation with Inaugural Partners in California and Hawaii

Nov 18, 2019
by
Andrea Deleon
Census

CommunityConnect Labs (CCL), a California-based nonprofit that develops high-quality, affordable mobile text messaging solutions that enable state and local governments and other service providers to reach low-income and other hard-to-engage individuals, successfully launched its Community Motivator solution with partner organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area and Hawaii with the aim of increasing 2020 Census participation

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Get Out the Count: Outreach Strategies for November 2019

Nov 4, 2019
by
Chyann
Census

If you haven’t started implementing your outreach plan yet, NOW is the time. As the weather across the nation begins to chill it’s time to capitalize on the workable weather we have left before snow hits the ground.

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Level Up Your Census Assistance with the HelpDesk

Oct 24, 2019
by
Andrea Deleon
Census

Millions of questions about the Census were asked in 2010, and even more are expected in 2020. However, local government and library staff don’t have the resources to address the volume and variety of questions or language needs of their constituents. To address the critical need to help constituents get their questions answered, CommunityConnect Labs developed the Question & Answer HelpDesk, an automated question & answer system available via text and web chat that can receive and answer users’ Census questions in multiple languages.

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United Way Bay Area Expands Its Outreach Efforts with CCL’s Community Motivator

Oct 7, 2019
by
Andrea Deleon
Census

With the 2020 Census less than six months away, organizers are trying to reach as many of their constituents as possible. In order to scale their outreach efforts, the United Way Bay Area (UWBA), the ACBO for California’s Region 3, has incorporated CommunityConnect Labs’ Community Motivator solution.

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181 Days Until Census Day: How San Mateo Plans to Achieve a Complete Count

Oct 2, 2019
by
Andrea Deleon
Census

Only 181 days remain until Census Day 2020. On Sept. 26, representatives from Santa Clara and San Mateo counties, along with Region 3 ACBO United Way Bay Area and Mercury Public Affairs, the state’s Census media partner, convened to discuss how they would leverage the remaining 181 days before the Census to enact effective and efficient implementation plans. From inspirational talks about the importance of the Census to texting pledges, the implementation workshop was not to be missed for organizers in the region.

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How to Hire 500,000 Census Workers

Oct 1, 2019
by
Kristin
Census

CCL built a Field Staff Recruiter texting program that works as a job application assistant: helping screen, assist, and remind individuals who are interested in getting hired as Census workers. Learn the key takeaways of this program.

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Microsoft Digital Transformation Showcase + CommunityConnect Labs

Oct 1, 2019
by
Kristin
Census

CommunityConnect Labs (CCL) is thrilled to be a featured partner in this fall’s Microsoft Digital Transformation Showcase in Washington, D.C.!

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Get Out the Count: Outreach Strategies for October 2019

Sep 30, 2019
by
Chyann
Census

This month, let’s focus on your media and campaign strategy. From your strategic plan, you should have an idea of how you plan to use media to amplify awareness around the Census. Here are some things to consider.

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Listen: Local Governments Lead the Way

Sep 17, 2019
by
Andrea Deleon
Census

With the 2020 Census around the corner, local governments have a very important job: to ensure that all of their constituents get counted! Engaging Local Government Leaders interviewed Perla Ni, CEO and founder of the Census Outreach Project, to discuss how local governments can get the job done.

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Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month by Ensuring A Complete Count

Sep 17, 2019
by
Mayra
Census

We’re celebrating Hispanic Heritage month by outlining a few ideas that will help ensure that the entire Hispanic community is counted in the 2020 Census. Governments, community-based organizations, and individuals can remind the Hispanic community that they are valued, and deserve to be counted. ‍

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Get Out the Count: Outreach Strategies for September 2019

Sep 5, 2019
by
Chyann
Census

Last month we blogged about the importance of creating your strategic plan for Census outreach. This month, let’s focus on your volunteers. From your strategic plan, you should have an idea about how many people you plan to help complete the Census in your community.

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From Awareness to Action: Public Pledging

Aug 28, 2019
by
Jett Hayward
Census

From petitions to save the environment to driving awareness of politics and voting, campaigns commonly include “pledging” as a tactic to drive support of their cause. But does publicly pledging to something really change behavior? Research indicates that it does, which is why we’re helping governments and CBOs drive their constituents to Pledge to be Counted in the 2020 Census.

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Behind the Scenes: State of California Census Planning

Aug 23, 2019
by
Andrea Deleon
Census

“If you participating in the Census wasn’t that important, why are they trying to take it away from you?” asked Alex Padilla as he spoke at the Joint Informational Hearing on Aug. 21, 2019. As part of the state of California’s commitment to stewarding state taxpayer funds that have been allocated for Census outreach, this hearing was convened to discuss statewide outreach strategies for the 2020 Census, as well as inform the public about how these efforts will reach hard-to-count communities in California. It also provided stakeholders the opportunity to comment and ask questions of the parties responsible for executing these efforts.

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Counting San Francisco

Aug 22, 2019
by
Andrea Deleon
Census

In order to avoid losing political representation and federal funds, many counties within California are developing outreach and communication campaigns so that an undercount does not occur. San Francisco, one of the hardest to count counties nationwide, has committed itself to minimizing barriers of participation and to making sure that everyone is counted.

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4 Opportunities to Engage Your Community This Fall

Aug 19, 2019
by
Jett Hayward
Census

Census Day 2020 is still months away, but the time to start ramping up Census outreach is now. With kids heading back to school and the holiday season just around the corner, there are numerous opportunities to get your community engaged and activated.

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Get Out The Count, Outreach Strategies for August 2019

Aug 12, 2019
by
Chyann
Census

As we get closer to Census Day on April 1, 2020, we’ll be counting down the months with a timeline of outreach recommendations for governments, community-based organizations, and individuals. CCL staff attend many of the Complete Count Committee meetings that are happening all over the nation, and we thought it would be helpful to share some of the insights that we’ve collected to better help your outreach efforts.

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Maximize Your 2020 Census Outreach Efforts with the Community Motivator

Aug 8, 2019
by
Mayra Gomez
Census

It’s a challenge for government and civic engagement organizations to move constituents from thinking about civic participation to action. This challenge is particularly pronounced in Get Out the Count (GOTC) efforts for the 2020 Census.

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The Citizenship Question Won’t Appear on the Census. What Now?

Jul 31, 2019
by
Andrea Deleon
Census

On June 29, 2019 the Supreme Court announced their decision to stop the citizenship question from appearing on the 2020 Census. So, does this mean that Census outreach efforts are done? No. Instead, this is a crucial time for outreach efforts to be implemented.

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NEW: 2020 Census Outreach Cost Estimates

Feb 20, 2019
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By CensusCount.org
Census

States will play an important role in helping to promote an accurate 2020 Census, but they can’t do it alone. Achieving a fair and accurate 2020 Census will require states to invest in community-based organizations (CBOs) as partners to ensure that trusted voices in local communities reach skeptical people about why it is important to fill out the census form.

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Tips for Who Should Be On your Complete Count Committee – 8 Census Experts Give their Advice

Jan 11, 2019
by
Ian Anstee
Census

We asked census veterans working across the country — from New York City to Minnesota to the Silicon Valley — on how to put together a great Complete Count Committee. Complete Count Committees (CCCs) are volunteer bodies assembled at the city, county, and state level that help with census local outreach and ensuring everyone is counted. Below are some words-of-wisdom for setting your committee up for success!

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Canvassing by Community-Based Organizations Helped Protect $455 Million in Funding

Jan 17, 2019
by
Ian Anstee
Census

Community-sourced data and use of technology by local governments has helped make the Local Update of Census Addresses (LUCA) a success in California. A recently-released study reviewing California’s Local Update of Census Addresses (LUCA) shows how canvassing by community-based organizations helped protect $455 million in federal funding that would otherwise have been lost in an undercount.

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California CBOs Can Now Apply for Census Funding: View RFP Below!

Dec 17, 2018
by
Ian Anstee
Census

The State of California just released its RFP for CBOs to apply to become regional ACBOs for the 2020 Census! ACBOs will be responsible for regranting over $30 million in state funding to community partners in their region. Read our summary to learn how your organization can apply to become an ACBO.

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What LUCA Taught us about Census Outreach

Oct 1, 2018
by
CCL
Census

The Census Bureau uses a Master Address File (MAF) to distribute self-response forms and identify which residences require enumerator follow-up for the decennial census. If an address is left off the Census’ MAF, residents within that unit will go undercounted. In hard-to-count communities, as many as ​2-3% ​addresses may be missing from the Census’ MAF. Due to budget cuts, the US Census Bureau will have fewer resources and staff to perform on-the-ground, address canvassing, which helps ensure the accuracy of its MAF. Cities and counties had the opportunity to contribute to an accurate MAF earlier this year by performing their own, local address canvassing, a process known as the Local Update of Census Addresses (LUCA).

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

Nov 1, 2018
by
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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State of California Announces Fund Allocation for 2020 Census

Nov 9, 2018
by
Amanda Abella
Census

The State of California has just published its Census Allocation Plan. The funds will support strategies and activities that will help ensure an accurate and successful count in California. Read our summary to learn how much your county will receive and the criteria for applying to become an ACBO.

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New Census Study Results: Text Messages Are No. 1 Requested Follow-Up Method

Feb 8, 2019
by
Amanda Abella
Census

A study published last week by the U.S. Census Bureau shows that hard-to-count populations prefer text messaging and cell phone notifications over other methods of follow-up contact. This represents an important breakthrough in how best to activate hard-to-count communities to self-respond in the 2020 Census.

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CommunityConnect Labs Founder Perla Ni Speaks at Census HQ: “Local Government Data Use Can Better People’s Lives in Tangible Ways”

Apr 1, 2019
by
Sam Reeve
Census

Governments can lead the way in showing how data collection is used to benefit residents and delivering improved services. CommunityConnect Labs presented examples of its local city surveys and Census solutions at The Opportunity Project’s (TOP) Demo Day at the U.S. Census Bureau this past March.

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