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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

Applied Demography Toolbox

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Applied Demography Toolbox
This Applied Demography Toolbox is a collection of applied demography computer programs, scripts, spreadsheets, databases and texts. If you would like to use, share or reproduce information or ideas from the linked files, be sure to cite the respective source.
Find it here: http://www.demog.berkeley.edu/~eddieh/toolbox.html

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

Tasks and Responsibilities of SDC Lead Agencies

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Tasks and Responsibilities of SDC Lead Agencies
High-level inventory of tasks and responsibilities of SDC Lead Agencies.
Find it here: https://sdcclearinghouse.files.wordpress.com/2018/02/tasks-and-responsibilities-of-sdc-lead-agencies.docx

Slidedeck: ORGANIZING for a Complete Count

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Slidedeck: ORGANIZING for a Complete Count
The Census creates valuable data. Make sure your elected leaders know how your community has grown (or declined) since the last census.
Find it here: https://sdcclearinghouse.files.wordpress.com/2018/02/ccc-ppt-1-31-18.pdf

Workbook: ORGANIZING Complete Count Committees

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Workbook: ORGANIZING Complete Count Committees
The CCC is open and inclusive, speaks the languages of all the communities within it, and builds trust by encouraging neighbor-to-neighbor awareness of the importance of an accurate census count.
Find it here: https://sdcclearinghouse.files.wordpress.com/2018/02/ccc-workbook-1-29-18.pdf