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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

Census Solutions Workshop Toolkit

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WHAT THIS IS

A solutions workshop is a creative, collaborative, problem-solving event that brings together diverse thinkers.
The Census Solutions Workshop is specifically geared to generate new ways of communicating the importance of census data, reaching hard-to-count populations, and encouraging participation in Census Bureau surveys and programs.
The workshop consists of a specific series of activities based on a design thinking methodology that help participants get to know each other, set ambitious goals, think outside the box, brainstorm with others, and quickly develop proposals for new solutions to engage communities in the census.
This toolkit is a step-by-step guide to planning and running a successful Census Solutions Workshop.

WHO IT’S FOR

We designed this toolkit for any organization, company, or community group invested in getting out the count— and seeking creative collaborations and new ideas for doing so.

WHY IT MATTERS

A complete count ensures accurate census data that is critical for government programs, policies, and decision-making, but participation in Census Bureau surveys has declined in recent decades.
The Census Bureau has always relied on partners like you to help spread the word. We want to support you in coming up with innovative and engaging ways to reach your communities.

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Census Solutions Workshop Toolkit (5 Meg Word Document)

MORE INFORMATION?

Contact census.partners@census.gov

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

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
Cheektowaga NY May 23, 2018 at 8:00 am – 10:00 am "We've Got The Numbers!" West NY LibrariesnCouncil ACS Workshop for Western New York Library Resources Council Census staff provide Training/Workshop
FRONT ROYAL VA May 23, 2018 at 11:00 am – 1:00 pm Presentation - Shenandoah Valley Data for NORTHERN SHENANDOAH VALLEY REGIONALnCOMMISSION Census staff provide Presentation
Kenosha WI May 23, 2018 at 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Introduction to Census Data-Data Tools for Kenosha Public Library - Southwest Census staff provide Training/Workshop
Indianapolis IN May 24, 2018 at 8:00 am – 10:00 am Indiana Government Information Day for Indiana State Library/SDC Census staff provide Networking
McGehee AR May 24, 2018 at 11:00 am – 1:00 pm Business and Community need for involvement for McGehee Chamber of Commerce Census staff provide Training/Workshop
Norfolk VA June 4, 2018 at 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm Presentation to Lions Club for Norfolk Ocean View Lions Club Census staff provide Presentation
Bethesda MD June 5, 2018 at 9:00 am – 11:00 am Media Training for Education Week Census staff provide Training/Workshop
Dumas AR June 5, 2018 at 11:00 am – 1:00 pm Business and Census work together for Dumas Chamber of Commerce Census staff provide Meeting
Arlington Heights IL June 5, 2018 at 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm Staff Training for Arlington Heights Memorial Library Census staff provide Training/Workshop
Norfolk VA June 6, 2018 at 6:30 am – 8:30 am Presentation - Kiwanis Club for Kiwanis Club of Ocean View Beach Census staff provide Presentation
Williamsburg VA June 6, 2018 at 10:30 am – 12:30 pm Presentation to Kiwanis Club for Kiwanis Club of Williamsburg Census staff provide Presentation
Farmingdale NY June 7, 2018 at 9:00 am – 11:00 am Census ACS, data tables and mapping. for Long Island Library Resources Council Census staff provide Training/Workshop
Columbus OH June 7, 2018 at 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm Presentation - Understanding and Using CensusnData for Ohio Department of Public Safety Census staff provide Presentation
Baltimore MD June 8, 2018 at 9:00 am – 11:00 am Hands-On Training for Maryland Association of Community Colleges Census staff provide Training/Workshop
Ocean City MD June 10, 2018 at 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm Maryland Municipal League Exhibit for Maryland Municipal League (MML) Census staff provide Conference
Ocean City MD June 11, 2018 at 11:00 am – 1:00 pm MML Conference Agenda for Maryland Municipal League (MML) Census staff provide Meeting
Parkersburg WV June 13, 2018 at 9:00 am – 11:00 am Congressional Staff Meeting for Congressman David McKinley, ParkersburgnBranch (WV-1) Census staff provide Meeting
Charleston WV June 13, 2018 at 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Understanding and Using Census Data for Kanawha County Public Library Census staff provide Presentation
Blue Springs MO June 14, 2018 at 9:00 am – 11:00 am Annual Conference for Grant Professionals Association Census staff provide Training/Workshop
Blue Springs MO June 15, 2018 at 7:00 am – 9:00 am Grant Professionals Association for Grant Professionals Association Census staff provide Conference

Tree State List 2018

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The SDC Network has a Tree State list for maintaining the relationship between the 56 State Leads and the SDC Steering Committee. Call or email the Steering Committee members when you have a concern or an issue to elevate. The Tree States list is updated and published here: sdcclearinghouse.com/steering-committee/

Census Transportation Planning Program: one more source of ACS small area data

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For the last couple decades, AASHTO and US FHWA have sponsored, and US Census Bureau has produced, a collection of special tabulations called Census Transportation Planning (CTPP). The crosstabs in that collection are different from what is in the ACS summary file (ACS base tables).

And some of those crosstabs are quite useful. You can get household-size crossed with other variables, commute-mode crossed with other variables, income, etc.

In CTPP, the units of analysis have been counties and Census transportation analysis zones (Census-TAZs). But there’s been some tug-of-war over how spatially-detailed are those Census-TAZs. Familiar story: Census Bureau is required to be strict on nondisclosure; very little wiggle room.

As more transportation planners have concluded that Census-TAZs are inadequate for forecasting and modeling, the CTPP oversight group has made some decisions about the future of CTPP products. CTPP will continue, but the smallest geographic units, after 2019, will be Block Groups.

Bottom line: CTPP may suddenly be a usable resource for fans of Block Groups.

There are some other interesting angles in the latest memo from the CTPP program office. Give it a read! CTPP Transportation Planning Announcement

Letter on administrative records data use by ACS

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Here is a letter from the steering committee, commenting on use of administrative records data as a substitute for ACS survey questions, in response to the Census Bureau’s Federal Register Notice. The letter was sent January 12, 2018.

Letter on administrative records data use by ACS.