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2019 Gustafson Award Nominations

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The SDC Steering Committee is seeking nominations for the Gustafson Award. If you know a SDC agency or person within a SDC that has been doing great work and deserves some recognition, please nominate them!

The Gustafson Award was established in 2012 to remember one of our dear colleagues, Randy Gustafson from the Tennessee SDC, who also served on the SDC Steering Committee. Randy was a wonderful person and a big part of the SDC family. The Gustafson Award was created in his memory to honor outstanding contributions to the SDC network.

The Gustafson Award nomination form is here: Gustafson Nominating Form

Anyone can submit a nomination. Nominations are due to Jennifer Shultz jjb131@psu.edu or Michael Moser michael.moser@uvm.edu by Friday, November 16, 2018.

The winner will be announced during the SDC Annual Meeting in April 2019. (Dates for the SDC Annual Meeting have not been finalized.)

Past awardees:

  • 2013 – Pam Schenker, FL
  • 2014 – Julie Hoang, CA
  • 2015 – John Blodgett, MO
  • 2016 – David Drozd, NE
  • 2017 – The Minnesota Population Center, specifically the project team that designed the National Historical Geographic Info System, including Wendy Thomas, Steven Ruggles, and Mark Lindberg, MN
  • 2018 – Bob Coats, NC

 

Plan to Plan for 2020 webinar series

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The “Plan to Plan” webinar series provides orientation and training on specific 2020 Census programs and operations. Numerous state-based partners are involved, and the series will discuss the possible roles of SDCs and state networks. Our presenters include both Census Bureau program managers and state-based experts, invited to present their experience, best practices and tips for successful state involvement.

The “Plan to Plan” webinar series is organized by the SDC Steering Committee, and hosted by program staff at Census Bureau. Comments, suggestions and volunteers are invited. You can contact Jennifer Shultz, Pennsylvania SDC, or any Steering Committee member.

Webinar recordings

  • Plan to Plan for the 2020 Census: Part 1 webinar (1/1/2017)

    New from North Carolina SDC
    Plan to Plan for the 2020 Census: Part 1 webinar
    The “Plan to Plan” webinar series will provide sessions on specific 2020 Census programs and operations. Numerous state-based partners are involved, and the series will discuss the possible roles of SDCs and their state networks. Webinar from December 13, 2016.
    Find it here: https://census.webex.com/census/ldr.php?RCID=6bc0d001423c92205eee344eae2bbdee

  • Preparing for Local Update of Census Addresses webinar (12/26/2017)

    The State Data Center Program hosted a webinar, November 29, 2017, on preparing for Local Update of Census Addresses (LUCA), from the viewpoint of state and local governments participating in the review.

    This webinar provides an overview of the LUCA process, followed by information on identifying and preparing local address sources, using the block level housing unit counts available from Census, and tools to assist with local address file development.

    The presenters are Robert Scardamalia and Dale Miller. Robert Scardamalia served as New York’s Chief Demographer for over 20 years, and was a member of the SDC Steering Committee ahead of the 2000 an 2010 Censuses. Dale Miller is the Principal Planner with the Herkimer and Oneida Counties (New York) Planning Program. He has been involved with each census since 1990, and participated in his region’s LUCA review in 2000 and 2010.

    The complete slidedeck from November 29 can be downloaded as a PowerPoint file.

    Acknowledgements: The SDC Steering Committee thanks Robert Scardamalia and Dale Miller for delivering this presentation; Census Bureau for hosting the live webinar; and Minnesota State Demographic Center for repackaging this webinar as YouTube videos.

    This webinar is the second in a series of Plan to Plan for 2020 webinars organized by the SDC Steering Committee and hosted by the SDC Program.

  • What is the Census Planning Database? webinar (2/1/2018)

    New from US Census Bureau
    What is the Census Planning Database? webinar
    The Census Planning Database pulls together small area population and socioeconomic variables relevant to public outreach and engagement. It’s available as a data file and an API. Census Bureau is developing a ROAM app for mapped presentations of the data. Webinar from January 17, 2018.
    Find it here: http://dlvr.it/QBm7Hw

  • Mapping Hard to Count Communities webinar recording (6/21/2018)

    New from Center for Urban Research CUNY
    Mapping Hard to Count Communities webinar recording
    In this webinar, part of the Plan to Plan for 2020 webinar series, Steven Romalewski provided an overview of the Mapping Hard to Count Communities site. In addition, he shared his experience working with the Census Planning Database for this and other projects. Steven Romalewski serves as Director of the CUNY Mapping Service at the Center for Urban Research, CUNY Graduate Center.
    Find it here: https://census.webex.com/census/ldr.php?RCID=d490e4d8495676ffb6ca4dfe6c1d61d0

  • Complete Count Committees webinar (10/9/2018)

    In this webinar, SDC members from three states provide updates and lessons on “standing up” their Complete Count Committees. They provided information about the Committee structures, activities, budget, and the particular SDC role.

    This webinar is the fifth in a series of Plan to Plan for 2020 webinars organized by the SDC Steering Committee and hosted by the SDC Program. (October 3, 2018)

    Presentation materials are provided here:

    The WebEx recording is available here: https://census.webex.com/census/ldr.php?RCID=84893a73a8b62e2d7a7ce4344d405ee3

Upcoming: Continuing the series

Additional webinars are being planned. This list of topics is subject to change, additions, and rescheduling.

  • Lessons Learned from Experienced PSAP Participants. TBA, November/December 2018.
  • Census’s Address Database Work After LUCA: What’s next? Proposed, 2019.
  • FSCPE’s 2020 Count Review. Proposed, 2019.
  • Building Custom Reports with APIs. Proposed, 2019.

The “Plan to Plan” webinar series is organized by the SDC Steering Committee, and hosted by program staff at Census Bureau. Comments, suggestions and volunteers are invited. You can contact Jennifer Shultz, Pennsylvania SDC, or any Steering Committee member.

Letter commenting on the 2020 Census design and data collection plan

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Here is a letter from the steering committee, commenting on the 2020 Census design and data collection plan, in response to US Commerce Department’s Federal Register Notice. The letter was sent August 6, 2018.

In this letter, the steering committee comments that methods and processes matter: If a new citizenship data element is needed, then the processes to obtain and use such data should be thoughtfully planned, should maximize the accuracy and completeness of the 2020 Census, and should avoid introducing risks to validity. The steering committee endorses Census Bureau’s broader strategy of substituting validated administrative records data – data that already exists – where such substitution reduces response burdens or mitigates asking sensitive questions. Finally, the steering committee recommends that the Bureau make distinctions between essential, priority questions and non-priority questions. These distinctions should be reflected in the planning and programming of field followup operations and the online (internet) census questionnaire system.

Letter commenting on the 2020 Census design and data collection plan

Letter commenting on the LUCA appeals process

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Here is a letter from the steering committee, commenting on the proposed appeals process for Local Update of Census Addresses (LUCA), in response to US OMB’s Federal Register Notice. The letter was sent June 18, 2018.

SDC comments on LUCA appeals

Events in the States

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The events listed below are maintained in a Google Calendar. These events are expected to have participation by Census Bureau staff.

If you have a Census SDC sponsored event or a 2020 Census partnership event to add, contact our webteam, and ask for access to the google calendar.

Location When Summary Description
Chicago IL November 20, 2018 at 10:00 am – 12:00 pm Census Data workshop for Patrons for Lincoln Belmont Library Census staff provide Training/Workshop
Knoxville TN November 27, 2018 at 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm TN State Data Center for Tennessee State Data Center Census staff provide Training/Workshop
Wichita KS November 28, 2018 at 1:00 am – 3:00 am Using Census for research for Wichita State University Census staff provide Training/Workshop
East Syracuse NY November 28, 2018 at 8:00 am – 10:00 am We've Got The Numbers! Tables for CENTRAL NEW YORK LIBRARY RESOURCES COUNCIL Census staff provide Training/Workshop
Wichita KS November 28, 2018 at 9:00 am – 11:00 am Wichita City and Data mean growth for City of Wichita Census staff provide Training/Workshop
Potsdam NY November 29, 2018 at 8:00 am – 10:00 am We've Got the Numbers: AFF & ACS. for Northern New York Library Network Census staff provide Training/Workshop
Potsdam NY November 29, 2018 at 9:30 am – 11:30 am We've Got The Numbers! Mapping. for Northern New York Library Network Census staff provide Training/Workshop
Wichita KS November 29, 2018 at 10:00 am – 12:00 pm Business and Data for Wichita Small Business Administration District Office Census staff provide Training/Workshop
Egg Harbor Township NJ November 29, 2018 at 10:00 am – 12:00 pm Presentation - AP Poli Sci Class for Egg Harbor Township High School Census staff provide Presentation
Albany NY November 30, 2018 at 8:30 am – 10:30 am We've Got The Numbers: Tables. for CAPITAL DISTRICT LIBRARY COUNCIL Census staff provide Training/Workshop
Albany NY November 30, 2018 at 10:00 am – 12:00 pm We've Got The Numbers: Mapping for CAPITAL DISTRICT LIBRARY COUNCIL Census staff provide Training/Workshop
Wichita KS November 30, 2018 at 11:00 am – 1:00 pm Census and the Community for Wichita Pachyderm Club Census staff provide Training/Workshop
Snow Hill MD December 1, 2018 at 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm Executive Meeting for Maryland State Firemen's Association Census staff provide Meeting
Martins Ferry OH December 4, 2018 at 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm Presentation - How Your Community Has Changed for Belmont County District Library Census staff provide Presentation
Jersey City NY December 5, 2018 at 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm COMMUNITY MEETING - Present ROAM to community for CITY OF JERSEY CITY - OFFICE OF THE MAYOR Census staff provide Meeting

Letter on criteria for Census Tracts and Block Groups

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Here is a letter from the steering committee, commenting on criteria for Census Tracts and Block Groups for 2020-29, in response to the Census Bureau’s Federal Register Notice. The letter was sent May 9, 2018.

Letter on criteria for Census Tracts and Block Groups

Recap of the 2018 SDC Annual Conference

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2018 State Data Center Annual Conference
April 9-11, 2018
Providence, RI

 

AGENDA MONDAY, APRIL 9, 2018

Note: The 15 presentations linked below will download as PowerPoint files.

8:30 AM – 9:00 AM Conference Registration

9:00 AM – 9:30 AM Welcome and Introductions
• Lakiva Pullins, Branch Chief, Data Users Branch
• Todd Graham, SDC Chairperson
• Introduction of New Committee Member(s) and Officers
• Misty Reed, Acting Division Chief, Customer Liaison and Marketing Services Office
• Stephen Buckner, Assistant Director for Communications Division

9:30 AM – 10:00 AM 2020 Census Integrated Communications Plan
• Kaile Bower, Chief, Integrated Partnership & Communication Branch

10:00 AM – 10:15 AM BREAK

10:15 AM – 10:45 AM Findings from 2016-2017 Census Tests
• Jennifer W. Reichert, Assistant Division Chief, Nonresponse, Evaluations, and Experiments, Decennial Census Management

10:45 AM – 11:15 AM 2020 LUCA Updates, Group Quarters Inventory, and PSAP
• Jennifer Holland, Chief, Partnership Communications and Outreach Branch, Geography Division

11:15 AM – 11:45 PM 2020 Residence Criteria
• Jason Devine, Assistant Division Chief, Census Programs Area, Population Division
• Steven Wilson, Chief, Population and Housing Program Branch, Population Division

11:45 AM – 1:00 PM LUNCH

1:00 PM – 3:00 PM  Census Solutions Workshop Toolkit
• Lorena Molina-Irizarry, Deputy Branch Chief, Enterprise Partnership

3:00 PM – 3:15 PM BREAK

3:15 PM – 4:30 PM 2020 Discussion – What are the SDCs doing?
• Dan Veroff, WI, SDC Steering Committee
• Jennifer Shultz, PA, SDC Steering Committee
• SDC Leads Panel – Walter Schwarm (CA), Jan Vink (NY), Suzan Reagan (NM), Bob Coats (NC)

4:30 PM Meeting Adjourn

AGENDA TUESDAY, APRIL 10, 2018

8:15 AM – 8:45 AM Census Information Centers Overview
• Melanie Poulter, CIC Steering Committee Chairperson

8:45 AM – 9:45 AM 2017 Economic Census Update
• Kim Moore, Chief, Economy Wide Statistics Division
• Charles Brady, Branch Chief, Respondent Management and Promotion Branch, Economic Management Division

9:45 AM – 10:00 AM BREAK

10:00 AM – 11:15 AM Field Partnership and 2020 Complete Count Committees
• Sydnee Chattin, Assistant Division Chief, Decennial Support Programs, Field Division
• SDC Leads Panel – Liz Brooks (AK), Mallory Bateman (UT), Erica Gardner (WA)

11:15 AM – 12:00 AM 2020 Census Redistricting Program
• James Whitehorne, Branch Chief, Redistricting Office and Voting Rights Office

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM LUNCH

1:00 PM – 2:45 PM Center for New Media & Promotion (CNMP) and Center for Enterprise Dissemination and Services and Consumer Innovation (CEDSCI)
• Alexandra Figueroa, Chief, Web and New Media Branch, Center for New Media & Promotion
• KaNin Reese, Branch Chief, CEDSCI, Dissemination Outreach Branch

2:45 PM – 3:00 PM BREAK

3:00 PM – 3:45 PM Update and Overview of Administrative Records for ACS and Administrative Records for 2020 Census
• Thomas Mule, Special Assistant to the Chief, Decennial Statistical Studies Division
• Victoria Velkoff, Division Chief, American Community Survey Office

3:45 PM – 5:00 PM SDC Business Meeting

5:00 PM Meeting Adjourn

AGENDA WEDNESDAY, APRIL 11, 2018

8:00 AM – 9:30 AM Breakout by Region
Questions for SDC/DDB roundtable discussion

  1. What is the DDS staff approach in regard to disseminating Census Bureau data and program information to his/her assigned area?
  2. Name one or two specific areas or tasks where we can collaborate.
  3. What are you planning to do to support the 2020 data collection operation?
  4. In terms of the relationship between the SDCs and DDS/DDB, what is working well? What needs to be changed?
  5. We would like to ‘crowdsource’ suggestions for strategic national partnerships. Who should we prioritize from your perspective and what would be the ‘top three’ partners you would suggest working with and why?

9:30 AM – 11:30 AM SDC 40th Anniversary

• Topics for Next Annual Meeting
• Brief History of SDC Program
• Presentation of Awards – Todd Graham

11:30 AM Meeting Adjourn